Skills used in theatre can apply to any career or profession. Creative thinking, teamwork, effective communication and problem solving are all life skills employers look for in hiring the most qualified applicants.
Unlike many state school and conservatory programs that might pigeonhole students into a singular area of theatre, we offer a broad experience that also shows you how gaining expertise in these areas can apply in other fields. Indeed, many students double major with theatre and another academic area, or gain skills complementary to their major by minoring in theatre.
Students have opportunities to act, design sets, hang lights, stage-manage, promote and even direct. Each of these hands-on learning experiences gives graduates insight into the theatre industry and also can transfer into areas like sales, education, psychology, communication and criminal justice. At WC, theatre productions are open to all students, not exclusively majors.
The 32,000 square foot, two-story addition features the Harcum Art Gallery, faculty offices, theatre scene shop, music rehearsal room for 50, electronic keyboard classroom for 13, seminar room, one 24 seat classroom, and two 40 seat classrooms.
The 7,000 square foot Hugh G. Heiland Theater features seating for 450, new lighting and sound systems, an enlarged lobby with new restrooms and a renovation of the former art gallery into a technical support area for the theatre.
The Quaker Heritage Center, made possible through the $3.5 million estate gift of former trustee Meriam hare, an alumna from the Class of ’49, showcases a 1,200 square foot gallery and display area, two offices, a reading room, and a traditional Quaker meeting house.