The Theater Arts Department at Castleton encourages its tightly knit group of students to explore all of the possibilities for personal expression in theater.
Students have numerous opportunities for practical experience in a variety of production settings including: main stage plays and musicals, black box productions, Castleton Collaborative Arts, and many student projects. . Small class sizes allow students to work closely with our dedicated faculty in a project-based environment that encourages collaboration
Highlights of the Theater Arts Program
- Gain practical experience working on a number of shows in a variety of roles: acting, directing, dance, stage management, running crew, lights, sound, video, scenic construction, and much more.
- Join the Theater Arts department on their annual trip to New York or London (alternating years) with the Plays from Castleton class which spends a week in the city to attend the latest plays on Broadway or the West End.
- Work one-on-one with faculty to develop your portfolio, seek out internship opportunities, define career goals, and plan for your future after college.
- Focus on your interest by choosing a concentration in Acting and Directing, Technical Theater and Design, or Theater Studies. The department also offers a Dance Minor and a Theater Arts Minor.
Theater Art Productions in Casella Theater and the Black Box Theater allow you to hone your craft in a public forum. You will acquire the knowledge to discuss and analyze productions, demonstrate a high degree of competency in one or more areas of theatrical production, and appropriately utilize materials to achieve the desired effects.
Theater Arts Beyond the Classroom
You will have many opportunities to be active outside of the classroom. Each semester you can participate in mainstage productions. Recent productions include "Guys and Dolls," "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," "Rhinoceros," “Catch Me if You Can,” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”
Castleton theater students participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in competitions for acting, stage management, and designs in lighting, sound, set, and make-up.
Careers in Theater Arts
Castleton's Theater Arts program can equip you with a wide range of skills that can be applied across multiple career paths in the ever-changing world of live performance.
- Business Manager
- Costume Designer
- Drama Therapist
- Event Planner
- Lighting Designer
- Lighting Technician/Operator
- Make-Up Artist
- Marketing Director
- Production Manager
- Scenic Artist
- Set Designer
- Sound Designer
- Sound Engineer
- Special Effects and Pyrotechnics Engineer
- Stage Crew
- Stage Manager
- Technical Director
- Video Projection Designer
- Wardrobe Specialist
- Wig Construction
Successful Outcomes In Theater Arts
Theater arts is a challenging and competitive field. We provide training and experience to show your talent in its most exceptional light.
Castleton graduates have been successful on and off stage in summer theater, Off-Broadway, television, film, and educational theater, as well as in graduate school.