Theatre Overview

  • Hands-On Theatre Experience

    Theatre ImageThe Theatre Program at Dean College exemplifies our strong commitment to theatre arts. Our program emphasizes three concentrations: musical theatre, acting and technical, with additional emphasis on directing, dramatic theory and history, dramaturgy and playwriting. Each concentration offers the balance of practice and theory in order to provide students with a well-rounded education in the art, practice and study of theatre.

    Dean College is one of the few Bachelor of Arts programs in the nation that offers concentrations in Acting, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre. Each course taught by our award-winning, practicing faculty provides individualized attention and an enriching educational and creative experience for our students.

    Acting Concentration

    Students in Acting study the fundamentals of the great acting teachers of modern history: Stella Adler, Michael Chekhov, Uta Hagen, Sandy Meisner, Lee Strasberg, and ultimately Constintin Stanislavsky,  with an additional emphasis on voice production and dynamic movement that incorporates mime, commedia and stage combat.

    Musical Theatre Concentration

    Musical Theatre students experience detailed the “triple-threat” areas of acting, dance and voice with a strong focus on acting technique, dance training and vocal pedagogy. Individualized voice training is essential and highly stressed.

    Design/Technical Theatre Concentration

    Technical Theatre students focus on costume and make-up design, lighting, stage management and set design/construction. Each student designs in the areas of lights, sets, costumes and sound.

    Distinguished Guest Faculty

    Students in the Dean College theatre program will have the unique opportunity to learn from Academy Award-winning actress Kathleen Turner and New York City casting director Harriet Bass, whom we are honored to have as distinguished guest faculty.

    What You’ll Learn

    Through the course of study in the degree in theatre from Dean College, students will learn how to:

    • Think both critically and conceptually about text, performance and production to develop informed insights about drama and its respective genres
    • Understand performance styles and techniques
    • Read and discuss the works of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights, through to modern playwrights, emphasizing knowledge of genres, styles and historical periods that influenced theatre
    • Exhibit competencies in multiple areas of theatrical design and stagecraft
    • Show skills in writing about theatre as either a critic, scholar or analyst

    Recent Alumni 

    Sean Kaiser graduated in 2016 with a Theatre major. Sean found his passion late in high school and followed his passion to Dean, where he became a lead actor in a number of performances on campus. Now, Sean is the main character in the new movie, Innate.

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  • Theatre Alumni

    • Cameron Whitehorne '00: Head of Control in the Automation Department of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY         
    • Nicole Dionne '01: Performer (Leading Ladies), and Casting Director (Entourage, and That's My Boy), Los Angeles, CA
    • Joseph Pelletier '02: Company Member, Imaginary Beasts, Boston, MA              
    • Jay Preston '02: Voice Over, SBV agency, Los Angeles, CA
    • Stevens Gaston '03: Performer, SAG, AFTRA, Performer (Electric Slide, Bones and The Shield)
    • Ruth Fontenella '13: New England Performer, Deanna’s Educational Theatre, Boston, MA
    • Nicholas Wakely '12: MFA (2015) from University of Essex, London, UK
    • Chelsea Hermann '12: Performer, Patrick Dorow Production, Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME
    • Kimberley Fife '14: Actor/Singer, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Manheim, PA
    • Brian Periera '14: Performer, Millbrook Playhouse, Mill Hall PA
  • Theatre at Dean College