Theatre

Learn by doing

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. 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.

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Penguin Tango
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.

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Greek Plays
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.

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.

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Gundlach Theatre
Hear from the Faculty

Working closely with faculty members is a hallmark of Heidelberg's program, which has been growing in recent years under the leadership of Theatre Director and Professor Stephen Svoboda.  

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Stephen Svoboda
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

Courses

Below is a sampling of courses offered in the School of Music and Theatre.

  • 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 admission [at] heidelberg.edu or 419-448-2330.

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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