What Makes Weber State University's (WSU) Theatre Area Different?
Whether you're interested in…
teaching, acting, design, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, technical expertise, technology, management or any other theatre path, the WSU theatre program offers a wide array of courses and practical experience that will prepare you for a career or further education.
Our theatre graduates have worked on Broadway, in regional and children's theatres, on cruise ships, in theme parks and in film and television. Our design, technical and management students are employed throughout the country. Our teachers run prestigious programs at all academic levels. Our writers and dramaturgs are shaping the future of the stage.
The Weber Theatre Arts Program offers a variety of degrees:
- (Focus options include acting/directing, design/technical theatre, and generalist)
Weber State University is home to one of Utah's largest theatre venues. The university boasts three venues: A 1400 seat concert hall, a 250 seat proscenium theatre and a 100 seat theatre.
Weber State University is committed to fostering new work and new writers. Every four years we produce a season of entirely new plays drawn from solicited works, works commissioned especially for our actors, and from writers in our community. Plays developed at Weber State University, such as Mockingbird by Julie Jensen, have gone on to be produced across the country and to win national awards and recognition. We run a new play reading series every month with access to brand new works hot off the page or stage with plays recently featured in Chicago, Boston, New York and more and then discuss with the playwright.
The Musical Theatre degree combines classes from all three areas of the Department of Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, & Music) This synthesis creates musical theatre performers who are proficient in all aspects of their craft. Theatre offers Musical Theatre specific courses such as acting and scene study for musical theatre, directing and choreography, and musical theatre history as well as classes in auditioning, directing, design, and technical theatre. Dance contributes an array of courses including jazz, ballet, tap, and musical theatre styles, while Music focuses on vocal instruction through private voice lessons and music theory.
The acting and directing emphasis at Weber State Theatre is firmly based in classical study using the Stanislavsky Method in acting and Hodge in directing. It also contains cutting edge approaches such as Anne Bogart’s combination of Viewpoints and Suzuki Training, Declan Donnellan's, The Actor and The Target, as well as devised pieces based on the work of The Frantic Assembly.
WSU’s Theatre Generalist degree is designed for Playwrights, Dramaturgs, Critics, Scholars, or visionaries who want to chart an entirely new artistic path. Playwrights and dramaturgs have the opportunity to study with our nationally recognized playwriting faculty. In their senior year, Generalist majors complete a Senior Capstone project. Examples have included: writing a full length play, dramaturging a mainstage production, writing an extended scholarly paper, and producing a blog of theatre criticism.
Weber State produces some of the best Theatre High School teachers in Utah. Our teachers receive a solid education in theatre that prepares them to teach the wide variety of classes they will encounter in their career. Teaching Methods classes, Management and Production classes equip them to design lessons and curriculum using best practices. Our students receive practicum experience before student teaching to prepare them for the realities of classroom management.
We have undergraduate student designers in at least one area including costume, scenic, lighting, sound, and properties design on every show. Students are receiving training on state of the art equipment. We have ETC Ion lighting consoles, a large inventory of new LED fixtures, and a brand new Dante digital sound system in our proscenium theatre. Our department computer lab is equipped with ProTools, Vectorworks, Qlab, Adobe software suite, and other programs, as well as digital keyboards for midi composition and a huge sound effects library. Both the costume and scenic studios have state-of-the-art equipment and are staffed by professional technicians. The costume studio includes a costume studio workroom, dye room, and large diverse costume stock, managed by a Costume Studio Manager and supported by student employees. The Scenic Studio has been recently upgraded and is fully equipped to handle both carpentry and metal fabrication.