Theatre – About the Theatre Program
School of Performing Arts Philosophy
The liberal arts degree in Theatre at the University of Maine offers the undergraduate a broad range of study essential to developing the whole person. Within the Theatre/Dance Division, the student may elect to focus on a specific area of interest by selecting a group of courses beyond the core requirements, or to explore all areas of the theatre curriculum. Options for specialization include: History, Literature, and Performance Studies; and Directing, Acting, Design, and Technology. Learning by participation is our philosophy and one of our strengths. Majors are required to participate in main stage productions, and encouraged to become involved in student-directed shows. Many classes culminate in production and performance experience, including directing of original scripts. Our objective is to offer each student a balance of the academic, practical, and artistic aspects of theatre, and much personal guidance throughout their academic careers.
We produce two main stage productions a year, plus a touring production that typically takes students into schools throughout Maine. The student organization produces a main stage production annually, plus we hold four Readers’ Theatre productions and the UpperDog and UnderDog Showcase productions. In addition, we have a Summer Music Theatre program of shows. We produce modern comedies and dramas, classics of Shakespeare and the Greeks, musical theatre, original works, and an annual dance concert, featuring the works of faculty and student choreographers. Additionally, we have a very active student theatre series, providing opportunities for student directors, designers, actors, and playwrights. We have top-notch faculty who regularly publish and work in, as well as maintain ties, with professional theatres and dance companies.
We have two excellent theatres: Hauck Auditorium, a modern 500-seat proscenium theatre; and the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, a modified thrust stage with 100 seats. The Pavilion is used extensively as a student laboratory for experimental works and as a teaching and performance facility. Additionally, we have a completely redesigned “black box” theatre, which allows flexible layouts for productions and rehearsals.
Our graduates are high school and university teachers, as well as professional actors, designers, dancers, technicians, and directors. Some have also found their way into film and television. Our theatre program has enriched the quality of their lives. Our program in theatre has also enhanced the careers of people who do not choose to directly follow a path in theatre. So, we invite you to join us for an exciting and rewarding education in theatre. Performing Arts Scholarships are available to new and transfer students.