Actresses performing on stage

Pre-professional training

The SRU Theatre Department is a rigorous, nationally-accredited training program

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Theatre students displaying an award

Create and collaborate in an award-winning department

SRU Theatre has a record of excellence with the national college theatre program, KCACTF

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Actors in a dramatic stage scene

Gain professional experience abroad

Since 2006, the SRU Theatre Department has toured six productions to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

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Theatre students at Slippery Rock University develop their art through a synthesis of experiences in academic classrooms, design and acting laboratories, and practical opportunities in arts management and public performance.

Theatre at SRU is a liberal arts program, which serves to enrich students' understanding of and connection to the outside world, as well as upholding a rigorous pre-professional focus, which prepares students for the diverse career opportunities available to Theatre Arts practitioners, including employment as performers, designers, technicians, educators, administrators, and more.

A successful audition or interview is required for admission into the Theatre Department.

Visit the Theatre Blog for updates about events and happenings in the department.


The study of Theatre at Slippery Rock University will provide a direct experience of cultures, people, time periods, places, values and an understanding that theatre is vital and necessary in society. Through exposure, experience and discovery, students will intellectually and artistically prepare for theatre as a professional and/or a vocational way of life.

Department Goals

  • Creation/Performance/Production – Students will explore and experience different values, perspectives and aesthetics through creating, performing and producing theatre.
  • History – Students will learn the elements of the historic development of theatre and drama in a variety of cultures from their beginnings in the ancient world to the present.
  • Professionalism – Students will learn procedures and develop skills that enable them to conduct themselves in a manner accepted in the professional community.
  • Enhancement – Students will be provided with special opportunities such as performing in, designing, attending, and producing Theatre Department shows, as well as participating in programming with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and international theatre experiences, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Slippery Rock University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. All tracks in the Theatre Department have been recognized for having met and/or exceeded the standards set for undergraduate theatre degree programs by the nationwide accrediting body.