University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Theatre

Student Opportunities


Vermont Shakespeare Company:

The UVM Department of Theatre collaborates with Vermont Shakespeare Company on a summer production that takes place in several beautiful outdoors venues around Burlington as well as in Royall Tyler Theatre . UVM students audition in the spring semester for the opportunity to work with this professional company. UVM students may also apply for positions as crew and for internships in the areas of marketing/publicity, costumes, sets, props, sound and lighting. This collaboration provides students additional opportunities to apply the learning they gain in courses and department productions throughout the academic year and to expand their experience working with professional actors, directors, and other creative team members.


Students may audition to perform in shows that are part of the Mainstage season, the holiday show or The Spring Play Festival. There are also numerous positions for running crew and technical staff on shows. These include positions like stage manager, assistant stage manager, lighting and sound board operators, costume crew, and front of house assignments. Students may opt to do crew or performance assignments that are supervised by faculty as practicum credit (THE 190).

Independent Study:

With consent of the Department Chair and a faculty instructor students may request an independent study course. Some past courses have included the areas of Theatre History/Criticism, playwriting, costume design, lighting design, and scenic design.

Senior Projects:

Students who major in theatre are required to complete a culminating experience project. These are usually realized through the senior seminar course (THE 284) taken in the student’s final spring semester. Students must submit a proposal for their project in the fall of their senior year. These projects, once approved by faculty, become part of the Spring Play Festival. Past projects have spanned the areas of design, directing, stage management, performance, and playwriting. The Spring Play Festival takes place in the Royall Tyler Theatre in April.

University Players:

“UPlayers” is a Student Government Associated sanctioned student group that is run by students. Members of the group need not be theatre majors or minors. Students elect officers for the group and the annual activities are planned and executed by student members under the advising of a faculty members in the department of theatre.

International travel (EuroTheatre):

The EuroTheatre (THE 180) is a course that covers European theatre traditions and current day European theatre artists and companies. The course takes place in the spring semester and is followed by 2-3 weeks summer travel in Europe where students attend theatre performance and participate in workshops with internationally recognized artists and companies. Past sites of study have included Dublin, London, Paris, Rome, and Stratford Upon Avon.

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