Major program: The Theater Department considers the critical and creative study of each theatrical area to be an essential component of a liberal arts education.  Offerings include courses in acting; civic engagement and outreach; criticism, ethnography, history, and literature; costume, lighting, scenic, and media-based design; directing; performance studies; theory; performance art; playwriting; puppetry; and solo performance.

Many theater courses are cross-listed with academic departments in all divisions, as well as Wesleyan's colleges.  The Theater Department strongly encourages students to attend performances and lectures sponsored by all performing and visual arts departments.

Each year the department sponsors productions and other events in a variety of theatrical forms; some are directed by faculty members or guest artists, while others are directed by undergraduates.  Theater Department productions take place in the Center for the Arts Theater, the Patricelli '92 Theater, and other spaces on campus.  The Center for the Arts is a state-of-the-art facility with 400 seats.  The Patricelli '92 Theater is an historic brownstone building with a traditional proscenium.  Both theaters are highly flexible and can be used as black boxes.

Sample Courses:  Directing; A Playwright's Workshop; Acting Theories; Script Analysis; Activism and Outreach Through Theater; Scenic Design for the Theater; Theater Criticism; Greek Drama; Music and Theater of Indonesia; Performing Heightened Text

Number of Professors: 13

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Title: Faculty Spotlight
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Claudia Nascimento

Associate Professor of Theater, Chair, Theater Department


Research Interests: Professor Nascimento’s articles on intercultural performance and Brazilian theatre have appeared in “Biblioteca Teatrale” (Italy), “Didaskalia” (Poland), and “Theatre Research International,” among others. She is the author of Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor's Work: Foreign Bodies of Knowledge (Routledge, 2008) and is currently working on a book manuscript on post-dictatorship Brazilian group theatre.