The Department of Theatre offers courses of instruction which are designed to develop an understanding of the theatrical arts as an integral part of the society in which they exist. The courses are grounded in the belief that the liberal arts curriculum should give the highest priorities to the teaching of principles and concepts and that skills are valuable only if they are integrated components of a thorough understanding of those underlying principles and concepts.
A major in Theatre provides the basis for further study in graduate school, professional theatre training, or in the area of arts management.
The McCoy Theatre opened in 1982 with a production of Candide. The 60’x60’ black box theatre is versatile enough to accommodate almost infinite possibilities for stage and seating configurations. Productions in the McCoy have ranged from the intimate Fifth of July to the spectacular Nicholas Nickleby.
An expansion completed in 2006 includes a classroom, a costume construction shop, faculty offices, and a second theatre space only slightly smaller than the performance auditorium. This space, dubbed the McCoy Studio, serves as an instructional classroom, a rehearsal hall, and a location for mounting student-run projects.