Theatre & Performance Studies


Center stage!

You’ll get right to work in all aspects of Theatre and Performance Studies – as an actor, designer, stage manager, part of an improvisational troupe or an assistant in the costume and scene shops. You might land a work-study position learning valuable skills that make theater happen.  Western's student run theatre company, Peak Productions, produces at least four shows per year.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

Whether you are a Theatre major or minor, or simply involved in the annual production season, you will learn the basics of becoming an actor, director, designer, stage manager or playwright. Anyone can become involved, on many different levels, and help stage full-scale productions.

Using original performance for social change – a unique element of our program –you’ll learn to advocate on issues affecting the campus and larger community. 

You’ll not only learn artistic skills, but also develop responsibility, dedication, adaptability, creativity, initiative and compassion for your fellow students, your faculty and yourself.

Please view the WSCU/Peak Production's Production and Safety Guide 

Beyond the Classroom

As a student in Theatre & Performance Studies, you'll be exposed to myriad opportunities.

The program sponsors four productions annually. Students make up a large part of the technical crews, the producing board and the artistic staff. Visiting guest artists provide workshops, direct and design shows, and teach. In addition, students can attend regional and national theater conferences and participate in summer internships as actors and stage and production managers.

After Graduation

Graduates of the program often continue to graduate school in their particular area of interest (costume, lighting, sound design, acting, directing). Our graduates also are teaching artists and teachers, as well as professional actors, producers, directors and designers in Denver, New York and Los Angeles.

Next Steps

If you're interested in Western's Theatre and Performance Studies Program, we invite you to take the next steps towards becoming a part of the Mountaineer family. 

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Faculty & Staff


Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., St. Michael's College; M.A., State University of New York-Albany; Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-3042
Office Location: Taylor Hall 218