AREAS OF STUDY

The Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut offers intensive degree programs to prepare individuals for the numerous careers in theatre.
Our goal is to provide the finest professional training through classroom and studio instruction.

6:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

13+

Productions Every Year

4

Performance Spaces

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Statement

The Dramatic Arts Department is committed to sustaining an environment within our academic programming and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.  To that end, we have made a number of strategies part of our “culture.”  We will continue to challenge our own assumptions about what “progress” means as we continue to focus on academic and experiential practices that maintain the type of community, we all, students, staff, and faculty, want to be a part of.  We acknowledge this is a commitment each of us in the Department of Drama must be engaged in and we welcome you to join us on this journey!

Below are some of the ways we are currently engaged in this work:

  • Expanding the Cultural scope of our syllabus across the department. This focus de-centralizes Western culture and theatre practice as the hegemonic approach to teaching the theatre arts.
  • Requiring coursework from a block of courses focusing on BIPOC practices and histories as part of the core courses all students in the department must take.
  • The Drama Department will continue to support the Student Advisory group, a collection of students from each program, graduate and undergraduate, voted on by the students of each respective program. The SAG will meet once a semester with the Department Head in an open conversation about culture, environment, and practices in both CRT and the academic programs.  The committee is reconstituted in the fall of each year.
  • A sustained commitment to address issues raised by the Affinity group of BIPOC students in the School of Fine Arts.
  • Intentional recruiting in high schools with predominant BIPOC student bodies.
  • Instituting the Dean of SFA’s guidelines for a “Diversity Advocate” on each search committee.
  • Requiring all final candidates interviewing for tenure track and full-time academic year contract positions to interview with the Drama Department’s DEI committee.
  • The Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s “50/50” policy. CRT is committed to creating a season of plays that speak to the diversity of narratives, cultures, and ethnicities.  CRT will be intentional about casting equity actors, hiring professional directors, and licensing playwrights across LGBTQ and BIPOC communities.

PERFORMANCE SPACES & MUSEUM

To enrich the classroom and studio training students are provided maximal opportunities to obtain professional level production experience through active participation in plays produced by its theatre production arm, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT).

CRT currently produces in three different performance spaces. The production season has a typical rhythm each semester of a mainstage show (Katter Theater - thrust), StudioWorks show (Studio Theatre) and a mainstage (Harriet S. Jorgensen – proscenium).

The Ballard Institute curates and produces exhibitions of puppetry, both at the Ballard Museum and for touring across the United States. The Institute also offers workshops, museum tours, artists’ forums, film showings, performances, and other events and programs that promote the art of puppetry as a twenty-first-century art form with deep historic and global roots.

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