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Theatre Arts

Major and Minor

What will I learn?

Departmental courses, productions and projects provide students with cultural and artistic experiences to develop their abilities to observe, reflect, think critically and communicate.

Be introduced to the fundamentals of writing for performance by engaging in writing exercises to help you understand the development of character, image, and action for the stage, all while activating your imagination and develop your own voice. You will develop a one-act play for your final project.

Earn a scholarship to participate in theatre at Simpson

Scholarships are awarded to students who show potential in the performance, technical, or both aspects of theatre production. And you don't have to be a theatre major to receive one. Find out how to apply and when auditions are scheduled.


What can I do with my degree?

The answer is just about anything! You'll have a solid foundation, regardless if you choose a career on or off stage, because Simpson theatre trains engaged leaders. You will be encouraged to take risks and discover you can do things you never thought you could. 

Theatre helps you express yourself and influences the way you think and feel about your own life, forcing you to examine your values and behavior.

All of these skills are transferrable to any career you may choose.


Earn a teaching endorsement

By obtaining a major in Theatre Arts and a minor in Secondary Education, you will have a Speech Communication/Theatre endorsement to teach students in grades 5-12.

Take a look at upcoming Simpson Productions performances

There are many ways to enhance your education

The list of ways to engage within the theatre and across campus is long. Take a look at the Department of Theatre Arts and discover how to make your mark.


Simpson Success Stories

This is what success looks like

Our students and alumni share how Simpson helped them define achievement on their own terms

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Morgan King ’20

Morgan King ’20

Theatre arts major Morgan King ’20 serves as the Drama Director for Des Moines Public Schools, combining her love of theatre and education

I love the idea of helping students find their calling in life.

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Stacey Olson ’20

Stacey Olson ’20

Stacey Olson ’20 discovered her passion for the theatre following a guest lecture from a professional costume designer during her sophomore year at Simpson College

After listening to [professional costume designer] Cathy Parrott talk about her career, I was ready to take the plunge into the theatre world and costume design, specifically.

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Briana Stoever '18

Briana Stoever '18

Advice to Future Students: ‘Try everything.’

The sky is the limit if you allow yourself to just try.

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