The Department of Theatre offers courses that develop students’ analytic, performance, and production skills. Students pursuing a major or a minor in theatre study theatre history, performance theory, acting, and design, and have opportunities to study directing, voice and movement, dramatic literature, and theatrical performance across cultures.
The McCoy Theatre, which opened in 1982, operates under the direction of the Department of Theatre. The McCoy Theatre mounts formal productions and hosts several other performances each year, including staged readings, one-acts, and performances and workshops of guest artists. Productions from past seasons include Nicholas Nickleby, J.B., and Dancing at Lughnasa. Productions also frequently include work originally conceived and developed at Rhodes. The McCoy Theatre regularly produces Shakespeare. Recent Shakespeare productions include Hamlet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night. The McCoy Theatre occasionally produces musicals, which, in the past, have included Candide and Urinetown.
The Department of Theatre provides opportunities for all students to be involved with theatrical performances on campus. The department's courses are open to the student body, and the McCoy Theatre's formal productions offer students in all disciplines opportunities to act, design, manage, and build.