The theatre program regularly participates in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, an annual gathering in Scotland of more than 20,000 performers considered the largest arts festival in the world.
Students with an interest in behind-the-scenes work, technology and studio aspects of theater productions will excel in this technical program. The program focuses on all elements needed for successful theater, film, television, commercial and related creative works.
The program emphasizes design/technical areas including costume, lighting, puppetry, scenic and sound design. Students may also create their own course combinations to satisfy their personal interests.
Many theatre graduates migrate to metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, which provide the best exposure to the job market, and some graduates have even explored international connections to start their careers.
You Will Experience
The theatre program takes advantage of the University’s urban location to provide students with internship opportunities that are right around the corner from the campus, including:
Dramashop, a contemporary theater company
Erie Arts and Culture/Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Erie Art Museum
Erie Civic Center’s Warner Theatre
Erie Philharmonic Orchestra
local broadcast affiliates of national networks – ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and NPR
local radio stations – including: country, contemporary hits, mainstream rock and top 40
New York City , United States