About the Department
Vanderbilt University's academic theatre program covers a wide range of interests including acting, directing, dramatic literature, playwriting, theatre history and criticism, and theatre design and technology. All combine a healthy respect for the written word, practical experience, intellectual curiosity, and hands-on instruction.
We encourage students to explore all aspects of theatre believing that a broad understanding of the art strengthens skills in whatever area they eventually choose to study in greater depth. The VUT Student Organization gives students a great chance to experiment with different roles in theatrical production as it staffs and manages all crews for departmental productions in coordination with the department's faculty.
Many other components add to the value of a Vanderbilt Theatre education. Neely Auditorium , the centrally located site of all mainstage productions, is one of the most unique and flexible theatre facilities in the nation.
The Fred Coe Artist-in-Residence Series brings theatre professionals to Vanderbilt to perform, direct plays, teach classes, and contribute to departmental productions in a variety of ways. It provides students with direct exposure to professional theatre artists from all areas of theatrical practice.
Vanderbilt Theatre's Noontime program allows students opportunities to assume directing and design positions for one-act shows with access to departmental resources.
And for those wishing to move on to some of the best graduate programs around, Vanderbilt theatre faculty happily provide coaching and support.
We hope you'll take a few moments to explore Vanderbilt Theatre more deeply through this site, see what current students and alumni report about the program, and contact us for more information or to set up a phone call or visit.