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Department of Theater

Department Overview

Theater at Swarthmore

Swarthmore's Theater Department is an educational and artistic laboratory—a place for expanding 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.

Frequently asked questions
What productions will happen this semester?

Directed by Alex Torra
April 9-11, 2021

Why Are You Killing Yourself
Directed by Zaina Dana ‘21
May 1 & 10-11, 2021

By Amaechi Abuah ‘21
May 5-6, 2021

Scenes from No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre 
Directed by Marie Inniss '23
May 11-12, 2021

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?

Spring 2021

Tentative course listings for Fall 2021 and beyond can be found here.

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