Our Training Philosophy
Established nearly a half-century ago, the Viterbo Theatre Arts program combines the heritage of a strong liberal arts education with innovative professional theatre training opportunities tailored to meet the needs and expectations of each individual as they prepare for a future theatre-related career. The program has been designed to provide each undergraduate student with a broad-based liberal arts education in the humanities, as well as a comprehensive foundation in the academic and production aspects of the theatrical arts.
It is our philosophy that such a program of study encourages the effective growth and development of the liberally educated person and productive theatre artist. The result is that the theatre arts major receives not only the practical proficiency required of success in the arts, but also the intellectual and interpersonal communication skills essential for successful living in the diverse and challenging world community.
Courses taken in the theatre "core" provide the student with a valuable knowledge and appreciation of all aspects of the multi-dimensional art, including history, literature, criticism, performance, directing, design, technical production, and management. Our program's extensive theatre production component allows students to further explore and apply the theatre core content in a creative forum, and promotes the development of the individual theatre artist: mind, body, creative spirit, and artistic vision.
The hallmark of the Viterbo Theatre Arts program is our commitment to offering extensive opportunities for each student to explore, discover, and focus their own talents, skills, and energies in his or her chosen interest area, whether it be education, history and literature, performance, directing, design, or technical production. Through the careful assistance and guidance of faculty advisors, each student is able to create a program of study which best meets their personal needs, goals, and expectations.
Students may choose to pursue a traditional Bachelor of Arts Degree in theatre, or may audition for the Bachelor of Fine Arts professional training degrees. A Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Theatre Education is offered for students wishing to teach at the high school level. Interdisciplinary programs in music theatre, arts management, and dance are also available to the student.
This tailor-made, personal approach to theatre training results in a proven program of study which thoroughly prepares each individual for his or her next career step, whether it be working in the professional theatre, graduate school, or the high school classroom. This personal approach to theatre education has made our program successful for almost 50 years, and promises to be the key to effectively preparing theatre artists and community-minded citizens for the next century.
Program Admission: Students wishing to major in any Theatre degree area must audition and interview with a faculty committee.