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Type of Degree: Major, Minor

Learn the art and business of theatre through four years of intense hands-on learning. Our students become writers, designers, directors, and actors who understand their craft and how to navigate the art world.

Theatre majors learn by doing. From building sets and sewing costumes to writing and directing plays, you’ll experience the full spectrum of professional theatre. From the beginning, you’ll work closely with faculty to chart your educational path that aligns with your career goals. We will work with you to fulfill all of your college wish list while still providing you the necessary skills to succeed in the professional world.

Every year, the department produces a variety of performances including musicals, dramas, and student-written one acts. Recent productions include Cabaret, Diary of Anne Frank, Little Women, How I Learned to Drive, Sister Act, The Laramie Project, Macbeth, She Kills Monsters, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mamma Mia!, The Music Man, and Freaky Friday.


Community Music School Internships

We offer on- and off-campus internships with different theaters, arts education providers, and performing companies. We encourage students to look for summer opportunities and assist them in preparing their resume and auditions.

Theatre Across the Country

The School of Music and Theatre plans an annual excursion to New York City, Chicago, or Stratford to allow students the opportunity to see current productions and take masterclasses from artists working in the field.

Performance Venues

Heidelberg’s Gundlach Theatre is used as a traditional main stage and transformed to accommodate a black box style performance. Our performances range from small ensembles to large casts. You can also perform with local talent and professionals at productions at the Ritz Theatre in downtown Tiffin.

Visiting Guest Artist Program

Our Manning Theatre Endowment provides support for our Visiting Guest Artists Program. Each year we bring 3-5 professional artists to campus to work with our students both in the classroom and in productions. Recent guest artists include: 

•  Nikki Delhomme, Costume Designer
•  Chuan-Chi Chan, Lighting Designer
•  Caitlyn Oenbrink, Actor
•  Rachel Robinson, Scenic Designer
•  Joan Anderson, Actor
•  Laron Grant, Choreographer and Performer
•  Jennifer Burke, Actor and Voice and Speech Coach
•  Jon Belcourt, Musical Director
•  Anthony Bruno, Music Director
•  Mary Nickson, Actor
•  Daria DeAgatino, Actor and Choreographer


Our graduates are following their dreams. Heidelberg provides opportunities for you to grow and challenge yourself, so you’ll be ready to impact the lives of others by being empowered by your own experiences.There are many careers you can pursue including actor, casting director, performing arts educator, scriptwriter, stage manager, set designer, dialect coach, production assistant, agent, drama therapist, dancer, and technical director.

Sister Act


Below is a sampling of courses offered in the School of Music and Theatre. For more information, see the major requirements.

  • Stagecraft
  • Musical Theatre Styles
  • Entrepreneurship in the Arts
  • Early and Modern Drama
  • Play Production: Directing

For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at or 419-448-2330.

Hear from the Faculty

Read a Q&A with Theatre Director and Professor Stephen Svoboda about the growth of the theatre program. 

Joining the Program

After you decide Heidelberg is the place for you, and you've been accepted by the admission office, you can audition for the School of Music and Theatre. All students interested in majoring in theatre need to complete an audition.

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