“An education at Marquette University with a major in theatre therefore combines knowledge and skill; it requires that theory be tested in practice and that skill be demonstrated in production.” – From the department mission statement

Scenery of house from theatre arts production

Our Theatre Arts students gain valuable skills while working in the scene shop during their time in the Diederich College. Whether performer or design/technical student, they work together to build, paint and mount the scenery for each main stage production. This experience serves to develop the whole artist for a future as theatre makers, able to communicate and create with others. Students serve as stage managers, designers, technical directors, board operators, and run crews for all main stage shows. The production season is an active element of Marquette's pedagogical program, and this is where much of the true learning happens. These performances could not occur without talented students working backstage under the close guidance of our experienced faculty.

Scenic design students have ample opportunity in this environment to work with faculty and their peers. As with the performance track, the design courses follow a specific and rigorous sequence to prepare you for the practical application of your skills. While taking the introductory courses, you can assist faculty designers on the realized designs for the main stage season. It is not uncommon for scenic design students to have realized main stage scene design projects in their junior or senior years. Faculty members work closely with the designers to help their vision come to life, at the same time preparing them for future endeavors – graduate school or further design work.