Theatre Arts

Live theatre is one of the most powerful forms of communication. It connects us to one another by reminding us of the shared human experience. Through artistic expression, it engages and invites conversation, celebrates our humanity and explores questions—both timeless and timely—that touch our emotions and challenge our existing beliefs. Theatre has the ability to inspire, inform and transform. Whether your passion leads you to center stage or behind the scenes, you’ll find a welcoming community at Carroll.

“Expressing myself on stage has made me feel like a complete person.”
— Rachel Verhoef '19

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About the Theatre and Arts Management major

Carroll University’s theatre arts major provides you with the knowledge needed to successfully operate an arts organization or venue while also acquiring skills to perform in productions. You’ll gain a well-rounded understanding of how a theatre production comes together from conception to curtain call as well as gain important skills in communication, collaboration, leadership, mentorsip, project management, networking, persuasion and negotiation.

Our program combines classroom study with opportunities to participate in fully-produced stage productions. Productions include a wide range of genres, from musicals and comedies to satire and tragedy. Our goal is to provide students with a wide variety of experiences, working on productions that range from historical to contemporary, Broadway to off-Broadway to original work. You’ll learn how to direct, build stage sets, design sound and lighting and craft costumes. You’ll also have the chance to write, direct and perform your own work. Our students have the opportunity to work alongside professional, Equity actors at least once each semester.

Community partnerships with local arts organizations will introduce you to the real world of operating a venue—and what strategies are necessary to address challenges and successfully accomplish goals. You’ll come away with an understanding of how to manage and promote a business working in areas like finance, human resources and marketing.

And when you’re not rehearsing at Carroll, you’ll enjoy the area’s vibrant art scene and wide variety of performing arts organizations.

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In addition to the major, Carroll offers two minors in theatre that complement many areas of study:


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Waukesha Civic Theatre
  • Sunset Playhouse
  • Lake Country Playhouse
  • Wisconsin Philharmonic
  • First Stage
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
  • Skylight Theatre
  • Milwaukee Opera Theatre
  • Chamber Theatre
  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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“These classes make me so excited for my career outside of Carroll.”
— Allison Klauke '19

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Meet the Faculty

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Jennifer Dobby, MFA

Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts

James Zager

James Zager

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Spring 2018 Adjunct Faculty