Major theatre productions, showcase projects, and "Cocktail Theatre," a series of one-act plays are presented each year

Christina Cody '12

Christina Cody '12

"The audition process for my scholarship introduced me to a wonderful 'family' of theatre students and faculty. They spent time getting to know me as an individual and asked about my dreams for the future. That experience made me want to attend Bucknell. This is an intense, creative and welcoming community where people truly care about helping each other succeed."

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be." Ophelia knows that no one can foretell the future but we know that in our department, our theatre and dance students can actualize their greatest potential.

Experience every aspect of theatre and staging. Perform, design, direct, collaborate and experiment - while our professors inspire, entertain and challenge you. Whether you're interested in costume, makeup, sound, set or lighting design, you are an all-around artist, not a mere player. That's how we'll treat you, and that's how we'll teach you.

Did You Know?

Auditions and production opportunities are open to all students.

We value collaboration, hands-on learning, imagination, curiosity, and experimentation.

Bucknell's theatre and dance faculty members are all active artists and scholars.

Each year, faculty, professional staff, and students collaborate to produce five mainstage productions, numerous student showcases, and a series of student directed one-act plays.

We host guest artist residencies every semester.

Anjalee Hutchinson

Assistant Professor

Anjalee Hutchinson

Business classes teach students how to collaborate effectively all the time. In theater, it sometimes is the one thing that gets overlooked, but it's the most important, I think, if they are going to look at doing theatre professionally.

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Kelly Knox

Associate Professor

Kelly Knox

Students might be classicists or scientists, and they can bring that into the creative process or into the classroom in a way that we can learn from each other. It's a wonderful exchange.

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Hands-on Experience


Undergraduate Research

Each year, students direct or design major theatre and dance productions in collaboration with the theatre's professional staff. Recent performances include:

  • "Life as a Ball" and " Small Talk"
  • "The Firebugs" by Max Frisch
  • "The Children's Hour"



Internships are an excellent means of career preparation for theatre and dance students. Recently, students have been interns at places including:

  • Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • HB Playwrights Foundation/New York International Fringe Festival
  • National Journalism Center



Additionally, the theatre & dance department itself provides an internship each year in the area of costume design and construction. The internship provides an intense postbaccalaureate experience that encourages the intern to work, design and build a portfolio for career and graduate school preparation.


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