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Academics: Theatre

Study theatre at Calvin

As a theatre major at Calvin, you will learn to understand theatre and its relationship to the cultures that have produced it through courses, off-campus programs, on-campus theatre productions and internships. You'll also have opportunities to create theatre through at least four annual productions by the Calvin Theatre Company.

Theatre courses at Calvin examine the history, theory and practice of drama. They will challenge what you know about the human condition, and provide the insight necessary to act in, direct, design, promote, and write theatrical pieces. Besides courses in theatre, faculty will advise you to enroll in courses in oral interpretation, oral communication and rhetoric, art history, philosophy, and English.

Program requirements

The theatre major requires a total of 11 courses that cover the entire range of theatre topics, including acting, directing and design. It also offers real-world experience in the form of an internship. As well as 3 courses that satisfy core, the major includes optional courses outside of CAS in dramatic literature and Philosophy.

  • CAS 117
  • CAS 120
  • CAS 218
  • CAS 316
  • CAS 319
  • CAS 346
  • Two courses selected from CAS180, 203, 303, 323, 390, or 395
  • One course selected from CAS 320, or 321
  • One course selected from CAS 248, ENGL 334, or ENGL 338
  • One course selected from CAS 399, or PHIL 208


For more information, contact Professors David Leugs, Debra Freeberg, or Stephanie Sandberg.


Calvin theatre majors have recently interned at the Sante Fe Opera, the Kennedy Center and at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Check out the Chicago Semester to learn more about internships in theatre.

Related programs

Calvin Theatre Company

Theatre minor

Alumni News

Alex Agard (Theatre '06)
Presents "Truly Blessed" at the William Spoelhof Sociey Spring Dinner, May 2, 2013.

Christian perspectives

In the CAS Department, we believe that the ability to perform is a gift from God to us, and that theatre is an institution in which the artistic gifts of performance, design, dance and movement come to full expression.

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Careers in theatre

The knowledge and skills you gain in the theatre program will prepare you for a wide range of professions.

Calvin theatre majors have gone on to become actors, writers, teachers, ministers, politicians, businesspeople and more.

Read about Calvin Theatre Company alumni »

Off-campus programs

The CAS department regularly offers interim courses that study theatre in New York and London.

Faculty work

Go behind the scenes of The Syringa Tree, directed by Debra Freeberg in the spring of 2009.