The Department of Theatre Arts offers you a variety of degrees and emphasis areas to ensure that you receive specialized attention in the areas you desire. You will build skills-based resumes and portfolios that will propel you into professional jobs or advanced degrees.
The department produces several shows each season, both on the main stage and in studio (workshop) settings. The opportunities allow students to put classroom theory into practice as part of the regular season of Central Theatre Ensemble, the production wing of the department. To further prepare for future employment or graduate school, all students are strongly encouraged to pursue off-campus practical experience through TH 490: Cooperative Education (Internship).
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Students in our programs have recently completed internships with Seattle Musical Theatre, The 5th Ave Theatre (Seattle), Disneyland and Disney World. They have been invited to participate in international tours (Italy and Bulgaria) in addition to securing employment with a number of theatre opportunities such as: Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre (ID), Midtown Arts (Fort Collins, CO), Centerstage Theatre (Seattle), Virginia City Players (MT), Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR), Northwest Classical Theatre (Portland, OR), Portland Center Stage (OR), Idaho Shakespeare Repertory (Boise), ArtsWest Theatre (Seatle,WA), The Old Globe (San Diego,CA), Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago, IL), Santa Fe Opera (NM), and Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA).
Our alumni continue to LEARN. DO. LIVE. in professional settings which include: New York City; Los Angeles; Portland, OR; Orlando, FL; and Seattle, WA among others.
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Joshua Kelly, a CWU theatre arts master's degree candidate, is directing Look Back in Anger for TheVintage US Army Uniforms Donated To CWU Theatre Arts
Fifty years of US Army uniforms, from World War II to the Vietnam War, are now available to studentCWU's Central Theatre Ensemble Receives 2015 Best Of Ellensburg Award
The Central Theatre Ensemble has been selected for the 2015 Best of Ellensburg Award in the Theater