University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Theatre

Frequently Asked Questions


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Q: Are there auditions or portfolio reviews for acceptance to the theatre program?

A: No. The University of Vermont offers a liberal arts education with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. To this end there is no interview process for acceptance into our theatre program. Once you are accepted to the College of Arts & Sciences, each student may choose their major. Students do so through the UVM Registrar's page.

Q: How do I audition for the season productions?

A: The Department of Theatre permits anyone, student or not, to audition for all productions. Majors, minors, and concentrators are given special notice since they have taken classes but all are invited. Notices are posted in the department and online with audition dates for each production. To get on the online information list, see a student "rep" or sign-up on the green room door. The Department of Theatre supports a policy of "No Pre-casting" and embraces casting.

Q: How many productions do you do?

A: There are typically three main stage productions each academic year (two in the fall semester and one in the spring semester). In addition, there is also a children's production in December where we try to highlight incoming students and the spring Festival of One Acts. The Festival is comprised of senior thesis projects. For the upcoming or current season.

Q: Are their specific emphasizes with the program?

A: The major required core courses and then any four additional courses that students choose. A student may tailor their selections to emphasize Performance, Technical Theatre/Design, or History/Criticism, but an area of emphasis is not required.

Q: Why study theatre if I'm not a major or minor?

A: The theatre major allows students to hone skills in communication, collaboration and creative problem solving. These are skills that can be taken in to many career areas. Some students may opt to go on to graduate programs to expand their learning, while others pursue professional internships and apprenticeships at theatre companies.

Q: Can I be a double major?

A: Yes. Many students are. See the Resources for Current Student Dean's office of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Q: Does the department do musicals?

A: The department tries to do a wide range of productions. During the typical four years that a student attends UVM, we try to offer historical classics, American classics, contemporary works, plays with social messages, as well as the musical. So in those four years we might produce at least two musicals. There are also other venues in the area that offer musical theatre productions in which our students sometimes participate: St. Michael's Playhouse, Lyric Theatre (a community organization producing two large scaled productions each year). The Department also offers a musical theatre performance course.

Q: What is the relationship between theatre and dance?

A: A minor is Dance is offered at UVM. Professor Paul Besaw, director of the dance program, is a secondary appointee within the Department of Theatre. We work closely to provide our students in dance and theatre the best opportunities in collaboration not only in movement/choreography but also technical support: lighting design and stage management for concerts.

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