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Theatre students at Slippery Rock University develop their artistry through hands-on experiences in academic classrooms, design and acting laboratories and public performance spaces. Graduates have gone on to flourish in professional careers as performers, designers, administrators and technicians; as well as continuing their education at top-ranked graduate programs.


Every other year, the SRU Department of Theatre travels to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform in the world’s largest international theatre festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Perform in a brand new, state-of-the-art performing arts center, a complex boasting a 753-seat proscenium stage, spacious new scene and costume shops, a 296-seat flexible black box and gorgeous new acting and design classrooms.


Another new programming option at SRU, Musical Theatre Performance focuses on the most exciting and ground-breaking musical works from on and off- Broadway, combining SRU’s sterling actor training with vocal instruction in contemporary styles. Students will also work with movement instructors and choreographers drawn from our nationally-ranked Dance Department.


This new and rigorous hands-on actor training program is where students will be steeped in the techniques of Meisner, Ute Hagen and Chekhov, while given intensive training in auditioning and Shakespeare performance. SRU is famous for its cutting-edge repertoire: a mix of challenging new work and boldly inventive stagings of the classics. Our smaller, student-centered program means more performance opportunities for each of our students.



Jeff Feola – SRU class of 2007

Associate Company Manager for the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and the tour of Hamilton

Mali Ma’at – SRU class of 2015

Arts Leadership Fellow, Pittsburgh Public Theatre


Jackie Freeman – SRU class of 2010

Artistic Director, Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre


Lyric Beth Sessa – SRU class of 2016

Assistant Development Manager at Harbor Playhouse


Don Russell – SRU Class of 2001

Professor of Theatre and Department Chair at Oklahoma City Community College


April McKinnis – SRU Class of 2000

Costume Draper at American Players Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre


Kelly McBane – SRU Class of 2009

Faculty and Costume Shop Manager, University of Toledo


Bethany Vahabzadeh – SRU Class of 2008

Actor and Comedian


Wendy Bable, SRU Class of 1999

Arts Administrator/Leader, Theatre Maker


Braden Blauser, SRU Class of 2006

Associate Technical Director, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville


Margaret Rial, SRU Class of 2015

Stage Manager, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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