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.

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.

Student Learning Goals

  • Communication
  • Creation/Performance/Production
  • Historical Knowledge
  • Professional Proficiency
  • Degree Program Writing Competency


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.


The Theatre Department is housed in two very recently renovated facilities - The Performing Arts Complex and the Stoner Complex. Our mainstage productions are performed in Miller Theater, a 750-seat proscenium theater, and the Black Box Theater, a 200+ flexible black box theater. We have working scene and costume shops, managed by full-time professionals and work with current technology and operating boards in all of our spaces. Visitors can tour the spaces in person or virtually at the SRU Virtual Tour