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theatre@cwu.edu

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Fast Facts

Students

Majors as of Fall Quarter 2020 119
BFA Design/Production 9
BFA Musical Theatre 27
BFA Performance 17
BA Theatre Studies 55
Minors as of Fall Quarter 2020 37
Theatre Arts Majors pursuing degrees through the William O. Douglas Honors College 3
Theatre Arts Undergraduate Degrees
awarded in 2018-19
26
Percentage of first-year applicants admitted to BFA programs 2020 12%
Average class size for Theatre major's classes 12
Student to faculty ratio fall 2020 in
Theatre Arts
6.6 : 1
Percentage of faculty with highest degrees in their fields. 80%
Diversity at CWU Ellensburg Campus
(non-white European) 
Spring 2017
32%

Diversity at CWU Theatre Arts 
(non-white European)
Spring 2020

20%

 

Specialized techniques incorporated in performance training:
Rasaboxes, View Points,  Susuki

Specialized software incorporated in design and technical training:
VectorWorks®, QLab® 

Recent Awards of Distinction Earned by Theatre Arts Students:

  • Recent graduate studied at Hull University, UK for a semester and interned through CWU at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin for the summer
  • Recent graduate won the National KCACTF Directing award spring 2018
  • Recent graduate won full-ride scholarship to Texas Tech University
  • Student receives Kennedy Center National Recognition: DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
  • Student invited to the O’Neill Theatre Center Critic’s Institute intensive
  • Student winner of the KCACTF National Critic’s Institute
  • 19 students cast in regional musical summer theatre companies
  • 2 students cast in international musical theatre company
  • 2 Students invited to National KCACTF in Critic’s Institute
  • Student invited to National KCACTF in Stage Management
  • Student invited to National KCACTF in Costume Design
  • 2 Students invited to National KCACTF in Sound Design
  • Winner NWDC Costume design
  • Winner NWDC Makeup design
  • 5 Students pursue degrees nationally recognized MFA programs in Performance
  • 6 Students pursue degrees nationally recognized MFA programs in Design
  • 1 Student pursue degrees nationally recognized MFA program in Management
  • 4 Students pursue degrees nationally recognized PhD programs
  • 6 Students complete performance internships with Disney
  • 4 times KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for the Lighting Design
  • 2 times KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for the Property Design
  • 3 times KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for the Sound Design
  • 2 KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for the Stage Management

How CWU Theatre Programs Compare to Other Washington Institutions
 
 
 
How CWU Theatre Program Admissions Compare to Other Washington Institutions
 
 

Faculty
  • Faculty holding highest degree in the field 80%
  • Faculty and staff who have worked in theatre professionally 100%

Recent Awards of Distinction Earned by Theatre Arts Faculty:

Two-time winner Kennedy Center Gold Medallion

Crystal Apple for Teaching Excellence: for “having a positive impact on teacher preparation and CWU pre-service candidates”

3 international conference presentation invitations

6 times KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for Scenic Design 

5 times KCACTF Certificate of Merit for the Direction 

KCACTF Certificate of Merit for the Musical Direction 

CAH Faculty Artistic Achievement Award 

5 times KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for the Lighting Design

2 times Production chosen as production to compete at the KCACTF Region VII festival 

KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for Ensemble Collaboration 

KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Dr. Betty Evans One Act Play Festival

Washington State Thespians - Service Above Self Award

College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Chair Award 

KCACTF Regional Nomination for Summer Faculty Fellow


 

Department Memberships and Awards:

  • AEA - Actors Equity Association 
  • AFTRA - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • SAG - Screen Actors Guild 
  • Society of American Fight Directors Recognition as Actor/Combatant Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword, Quarterstaff, Unarmed
  • United State Institute for Theatre Technology
  • Kennedy Center Gold Medal of Excellence

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