The Theatre Arts major, with two tracks in Acting and Musical Theatre, is an interactive degree that combines theory and in practice courses to prepare students for a career in the arts post graduation. Under instruction from professionals in the industry, students will be given ample opportunities to grow in an academic and artistic capacity. All enrolled Sacred Heart University students, regardless of major, are invited to participate in the Theatre Arts Program.
During an academic year, students will have several opportunities to work on a wide variety of shows. The program produces six full-scale productions each year – two main stage shows in the Edgerton Center and four Little Theatre shows. The musicals and plays range in style: past shows include Rent, Chicago, Dogfight, Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boeing Boeing, Playboy of the Western World and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Each show is under professional direction and is presented to the Sacred Heart University and the public. In addition, students will also have the chance to perform alongside professionals from the Connecticut Children’s Theatre as they present their bi-annual children’s show.
TheatreFest is an annual Sacred Heart University event that allows students to explore their creativity within various roles in the theatre. Student written one-act plays or musicals are developed through initial feedback given from program faculty and peers. After rewriting, selected shows chose a student director, stage manager and actors to perform their show. After another round of performances and rewrites, remaining shows are given a chance to be fully produced with a full set, costumes, lights, sound and technical crew. These stages are integral to the creative process and to students understanding all of the elements into creating a full production.