At Trinity, students engage in the tradition of theatre as a communal event—a creative laboratory, an expression of culture, and a forum to examine the issues of our day. The major hones artistic discipline in acting, directing, and design for theatre while enhancing students' historical and analytical skills through theatre history, performance theory, and dramatic literature.

Fast Facts
  • Main stage productions open to students of all majors and years
  • Majors can receive departmental support for self-initiated productions, travel for auditions, and conventions.
  • Prominent guest artists create work for the main stage season and interact closely with students.
  • Students collaborate with Department of Music for musical theatre productions.



What You'll Study

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You’re in good company

Trinity’s theatre faculty help students unlock their creative abilities in the performing arts by cultivating a shared experience of theatre that fosters understanding, inspires action, and changes lives.

Andrew Hansen
Andrew Hansen, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Associate Professor
Stacey Connelly
Stacey Connelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Kyle Gillette, Ph.D.
Special Adviser to the Provost for Expression and Civil Discourse, and Professor of Human Communication & Theatre
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Kellie Grengs, M.F.A.
Senior Lecturer/Costume Designer
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William Jensen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Debate
Rachel Joseph
Rachel Joseph, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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L. Andrew Lopez, M.F.A.
Senior Lecturer, Technical Director/Lighting Designer
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Martha Peñaranda
Assistant Professor
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Roberto Prestigiacomo, M.F.A.
Associate Professor
Nathan Stith
Nathan Stith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Erin M. Sumner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Kathleen Vernon
Visiting Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of Debate

Student Opportunities

Step into the spotlight


Join main stage productions beginning your first year, or become a major and take advantage of department funding for undergraduate research and student-run productions. Whatever you do, you’ll be surrounded by world-class facilities, from gorgeous theaters to well-stocked prop, set design, and costume studios.


Students can pursue their goals with merit-based scholarships or money provided by the theatre department.



Students truly learn by doing when it comes to theatre.


Spaces and Facilities

Trinity’s three theatre facilities are among the finest of any collegiate program, supported by multiple design studios offering hands-on experience...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Open to all students, majors and non-majors alike, Trinity Theatre’s productions present a range of creative opportunities.


When You Graduate

Preparation for any role

Blending theory and practice, theater at Trinity enhances creative faculties through critical inquiry and analytical intelligence through practical engagement. Graduates leave Trinity armed with the analytical thinking skills necessary to succeed in any career, from production management to public speaking and many things in between.



Alumni are cast in many roles, from companies—in both the theatrical and business sense—to graduate study. Many graduates have successful careers in professional theatre; some pursue graduate study, and others use the broad background of their degree to pursue careers in business and other professions.

Career Areas:

  • Actor
  • Architectural lighting
  • Arts administration
  • Arts fundraising
  • Business
  • Director
  • Drama therapist
  • Fashion design
  • Interior design
  • Law
  • Lighting designer
  • Nonprofit management
  • Performance coaching
  • Sales and marketing
  • State design
  • Teaching
  • Theatre, television, and film
  • Voice-over artist




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