Wilkes University

BA Theatre Arts

Wilkes theatre performers

Theatre Arts at Wilkes University offers students a wide range of choice in production and classroom study to find and best develop theatrical strengths in performance, directing and design.

Student actor in a theatre production

Our small size (about that of the average repertory company) encourages collaboration and allows us to offer a great deal opportunity to develop skills and life-long friendships in a caring and well-equipped atmosphere.

The dedicated faculty, staff and spirited students of Wilkes University Theatre bring the highest quality production values to audiences in new works, classics as well as much–loved standards.

WUT’s reputation of fine work includes plays such as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, rarely produced works such as Philip Barry’s Hotel Universe. cutting-­‐edge musicals like Adding Machine and Dogfight as well as world premiere originals such as Le Revue Fairy Tale. Each year WUT presents a varied and full season of dramas and musicals on the main stage as well as a season of student produced black box productions.

Come for a visit. See a show. Schedule an audition. Meet your fellow artists and future friends and find out if Wilkes is the place for you.

Acting at Wilkes University

Acting at Wilkes guides the student in finding honest and creative strategies that articulate the actor's connection to his role.  In classes and play production we explore a wide range of techniques including improvisation, diction training, movement and mask.  We are open to new approaches but still provide a strong traditional foundation with the goal of developing a strong physical and vocal instrument wedded to a vital theatrical imagination.

In acting classes, hands-on work is emphasized and all four levels of acting classes focus on doing.  After building self-awareness, physicality, commitment and discipline in foundation classes, the student moves to upper level acting classes where the training combines the use of imagination with a focus on textual analysis and scene study.

Body work training is consistent throughout all acting, voice, mask and movement classes.  During four years, students continue to develop skills in responding authentically to other actors, the text and the inner world.

By creating a safe and relaxed environment the student is encouraged to risk failure but aim for success.  A high level of involvement is expected in acting classes that aims to keep the student to a path of personal success.

student at tech boardThe main stage productions are fully produced and staffed with a mix of student, faculty and staff production personnel.
Wilkes University Theatre produces four plays annually for the main stage season, two which are musicals.

Everyone in the program participates in some capacity on every main stage production.  At the end of four years, every student will have been an important part of sixteen main stage shows. 

Each semester all majors enroll in Theatre Laboratory.  Students rotate from set, costume, paint, publicity, lighting, sound, stage management and box office labs.  By the end of senior year, Wilkes students don't just know about theatre....they know how to CREATE theatre!

Perform at Wilkes

You love to perform.

Perform at Wilkes and whether your interest is becoming a “triple threat” (a performer proficient in acting, singing and dance) or focusing your talent on dancing for musical theatre, Wilkes offers classes that will meet your educational needs. The Musical Theatre program at Wilkes begins with a strong foundation in Classical Ballet and continues with Modern, Jazz and Tap. All levels of dance in every area are offered every semester so you can stay in shape, keep improving and learn, learn, learn!

Dance Classes

Dance classes at Wilkes are fun, fast-paced and rigorous with opportunities for both the experienced dancer and the novice. As an ever more important storytelling aspect of theatre, dance helps prepare the student for the current challenges in musical theatre performance with courses in Choreography and Dance History.The minor in Dance requires 18 credits above DAN 100. Advanced project in dance composition, under the supervision of the minor advisor, is also required.

Spring Dance Concert

Opportunities for performance in dance are plentiful. In addition to the annual Spring Dance Concert, select students have the opportunity to dance with Ballet Northeast. One thing is clear…..you should be dancing!!