Picture yourself in the role of a lifetime
Acting. Directing. Designing. Playwriting. The theatre program at Texas Woman’s University will prepare you for a future on stage, screen or behind the scenes with experienced faculty mentors and once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities.
We are committed to developing well-rounded artists who have the ability to function creatively and skillfully in a variety of theatre situations. In addition to pursuing your primary passion here at TWU, you will gain expertise in every aspect of the production process.
Degree programs and certificates
The TWU Theatre Program’s 2017-2018 season features an original comedy of catastrophic proportions, a classic French tragedy, an imaginative fusion of Eastern and Western theatre styles, and a Pulitzer Award winner from one of America’s favorite playwrights.
The Long Christmas Ride Home
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program kicks off its spring semester with The Long Christmas Ride Home, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel and directed by Noah Lelek, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre at TWU. Set during an emotionally tumultuous journey, The Long Christmas Ride Home daringly mixes the Western theatrical tradition with Japanese bunraku-style puppetry. Paula Vogel used the early works of Thornton Wilder as her inspiration for this unique and haunting theatrical experience. The production runs Feb. 21-25.
Performance times are:
- 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21;
- 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, with discussion afterward;
- 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23;
- 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb 24; and
- 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb 25.
This summer, the Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program performed the original play Gun Show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, U.K. “The Fringe” is the largest arts festival in the world, running throughout the month of August and featuring performances from hundreds of theatre companies from around the globe.
Why study Theatre at TWU?
Master your craft
TWU is one of only five universities in Texas to offer a master’s degree in theatre. And if you seek the convenience and flexibility of online learning, a unique hybrid program established in 2008 is one of only a few in the nation allowing students to earn a Master of Arts in Theatre degree almost entirely online.
Develop lasting friendships
As a TWU theatre student, you will be encouraged to team up with your peers and engage in community service through membership in Alpha Psi Omega, an honorary theatre fraternity on campus. Among their projects, fraternity members help with fundraising for department scholarships and work on an annual holiday gift drive for local families in need.
Kick-start your career
Over the summer, you can learn on the job and network with professionals in your field while completing an apprenticeship or internship with a local theater company. Because TWU has a strong relationship with the local arts community, our students find work at prestigious venues in Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth.
Find your calling
A degree from TWU’s Theatre program could lead to Broadway, Hollywood or beyond. The skills acquired with a background in theatre arts could open doors to a surprising number of creative and educational careers, including, but not limited to:
- Stage manager
- Technical director
- Theatre teacher
- Artistic director
- Scenic or costume designer