Theatre Majors

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    Welcome to Gannon University's Theatre Department



    About the Program

    • Theatre is housed in the Gannon University College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Theatre Walls 1Students in the theatre program interact with students and professors in the fields of business, education, advertising, journalism, political science, language and journalism.
    • Professors in the theatre and communication arts (TCA) programs are dynamic, experienced scholars and practitioners with a passion for teaching. The combined TCA faculty has more than 100 years of real world experience.
    • The department of theatre and communication arts sponsors trips to New York City and London, as well as tours of theatres in neighboring cities and participation in the American College Theatre Festival Region II.
    • Gannon’s location in downtown Erie places students near three operating theatres.
    • Theatre students participate in the preproduction and production process of the technical side of the Schuster Theatre main stage. Lighting, sound design, set construction, scenic painting and graphic design are integral elements for a large scale theatrical program.

    Paula Barrett speaks about her experiences teaching Improv at Gannon University.

    Video footage of a class project from Paula Barrett's movement class.

    This is a short video of a student project from Jax Kubiak's Puppetry Class. The puppets and script were developed based on fairy tales for this original short puppet piece.



    Special Associations

    • We are active participants in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival held annually in Edinburgh, Scotland. We will be returning in August 2014 with an original work involving student designed and manipulated puppets.

    • Students from the Theatre program have the opportunity to attend the annual United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) conference with Gannon faculty. This conference enables our students to meet and interact with theatre design and technology professionals from across the country. Students may attend various workshops, interview for internships, have their design portfolios reviewed, and meet with various theatre graduate programs during the week-long conference. 



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    Admission Requirements


    • Completion of 16 academic units at the high school level, four of which must be English; remainder of units are to be comprised of social sciences, foreign language, mathematics and science.
    • Your academic course selection, grades, rank in class, guidance counselor recommendation and SAT/ACT scores will be carefully reviewed for admission consideration.
    • Demonstrate motivation and curiosity through interests and extracurricular activities.