Theater at Swarthmore
Swarthmore's Theater Department is an educational and artistic laboratory—a place for testing the talents and intellect of students and faculty alike.
At Swarthmore, we combine a rigorous liberal arts education with the practical exploration of performance. We continually seek new working relationships between the academy and the professional theater and build bridges between the American theater and our international colleagues.
Our department encourages students to fully engage each other, our faculty, master artists, other disciplines and cultures, and ultimately the world beyond Swarthmore—while simultaneously nourishing each student's individual talents and aspirations.
If you would like to receive periodic updates from the department about auditions, events, and other opportunities, please fill out this form. For answers to some frequently asked questions, including major/minor requirements and how to get involved in department shows, check out the FAQ below.
- What productions will happen this year? How can I get involved?
- SENIOR COMPANY: This year's Senior Company show (put on in a process led by the department seniors) will be ETTA JENKS.
- NIGHT OF SCENES: A program of radio plays will be directed by the three students of Directing I, taught by Allen Kuharski. If you would like to be notified about opportunities to act in these plays, please email Allen at email@example.com.
- PRODUCTION ENSEMBLE Elizabeth Stevens will direct THEATER OF ALL POSSIBILITIES, a devised show based on The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. This remote project will explore "the end of the world" through a myriad of formal techniques.
- PERFORMANCE RESEARCH WORKSHOP Alex Torra will teach this remote class exploring community engagement and the chorus, culminating in a work-in-progress showing of THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN by Aeschylus.
If you are interested in participating in either of these shows, just sign up to take the corresponding class!
- Can I get paid or earn credit for working on a Department show?
Yes! You can earn up to 1 credit for working on a department show. For more information, contact the show’s director (or, for Senior Company, Laila Swanson). If you are interested in getting paid to work on the production team of a show, send an email to Scott Cassidy describing your area(s) of interest.
- What are the major and minor requirements?
You can view the major & minor requirements, including honors, here.
- Which courses are offered this semester?
- THEA 001: Theater and Performance (Saunders, Remote - no prerequisite)
- THEA 004D: Integrated Media Design for Live Performance (Saunders, Remote - no prerequisite)
- THEA 004E: Sound Design (Atkinson, Remote - no prerequisite)
- THEA 015: Performance Theory and Practice (Kuharski, Remote)
- THEA 033: Supporting Literacy Among Deaf Children (Napoli, cross-listed with LING, Hybrid)
- THEA 035: Directing I: Director’s Lab (Kuharski, Remote)
- THEA 099: Senior Company (Swanson, Hybrid)
- THEA 102A: Acting Capstone (Torra, Remote)
Course listings for Fall 2020, January 2021 and beyond can be found here.