Earlham sees theatre as an essential part of the human experience; stories brought to life through imagination and shared in community can transport and transform us. The Theatre Arts Department teaches Earlham students to create theatre that elicits empathy, challenges the intellect, and encourages intentional decision-making. The faculty strive to develop interdisciplinary theatre artists with a personal sense of responsibility to the communities in which they will live and work.
We also provide individualized training with a focus on the collaborative, analytical and expressive skills essential in all working environments. Play selection and workshop programming is customized to student needs and interests. Guest artists interact with students in production, workshop, coaching and mentoring situations.
Between our flexible 125-seat black box theatre and 350-seat proscenium theatre, we guarantee a total of six to 10 annual departmental, senior project and student theatre company productions. These provide opportunities to perform, design, stage-manage, devise, direct, produce and take on other leadership roles throughout the year. As our student artists gain practical experience in the wide range of theatre arts disciplines, they also gain confidence in how to create new work and interpret existing scripts in service of the communities in which they live and work.
In 2017-2018, the theatre arts department produced four full productions and four short projects — seven were student directed or produced.
Twenty students attended the Region 3 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Indianapolis, winning accolades and awards in both performance and design/technology.
Three theatre faculty presented workshops on performance, collaboration and design. Earlham hosted three field trips to professional theatres. And we had four guest artists working both in the classroom and on our productions, assisting the 98 majors and non-majors who participated in theatrical events this year.
Our five graduating seniors are already at work in the field and/or pursuing post-graduate education or training.
Students who take full advantage of the opportunities offered will emerge as theatre artists who impact society through the kinds of theatre they create, the way they work, the stories they bring to light, and the audiences they choose to serve.