The mission of the Department of Theatre is to prepare our graduates with hands-on experience, a thorough academic foundation, an exploration of the theatre student as a being of spirituality and reason for successful careers and fulfilling lives of service through the expression, teaching, producing, and advancing of the vocation of theatre not only as an art form, but as a continuation of articulating the human condition.
There's a common misconception that people who get theatre degrees can't get real employment after college. This just isn't true. Waldorf University is proud of its 96% placement of its graduates each year in employment or graduate school. The Theatre Department prides itself in its internship programs for majors that allow students first-hand experience in professional theaters nationwide. The internship experience allows students to gain meaningful experience for their resume while networking with other professionals, developing necessary skills, and extending their learning beyond the classroom. Recent internships have included professional theatre work in Los Angeles, work at the Des Moines Playhouse, etc. We have alumni working at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and at the Olney Theatre in Maryland.
Simply put, there is a lot of work to be had in the theatre.
Waldorf University Theatre is a program that seeks to provide experience that benefits majors, minors, teachers, or people who only take one or two classes from the department. Experience in theatre can benefit students by helping to develop the public communications skills necessary for teachers, lawyers, civic leaders, pastors, and musicians. Theatre can help students learn how to manage resources, balance budgets, organize a work force for those entering the business or management fields. Theatre students can approach marketing, mass media, and public relations as part of their work in theatre. Students can also develop the crucial skills necessary for creative design.
Theatre, by its very nature, encourages active, engaged, outside-the-box thinking and leadership skills that corporations and businesses yearn for as well as fine and performing arts jobs.
Also, theatre requires students to engage in significant hands on work that we often lose track of in today's internet-driven world of video games and television. We use saws. We use spreadsheets. We use paint. We rewire electrical circuits. We get dirty.
Above all, theatre allows students to explore significant questions, to think about and engage beauty, to discover what it means to be human, to tell great stories, and to work together with others. This is a great asset for anyone in any field.
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