THEATRE AT SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY
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.
BFA IN ACTING: MUSICAL
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.
BFA IN ACTING: ACTING
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
Edinburgh Fringe Festival