The emphasis in Theatre is offered by the Department of Communication Arts and is designed to enable students to participate knowledgably in multiple aspects of the creation of works performed before a live audience.

Students gain appreciation for and develop skills in the writing, staging, performance, and analysis of theatrical productions, with special attention to relationships among artists, audiences, and communities.

Student theatre performances are held in Olin Fine Arts Center including one full-length production each semester; Theatre Slam, a 24 hour writing and performance event; Winter Tales, an evening of 10-minute one-act plays written by W&J students, faculty and staff; the improvisation club; and radio dramas on the campus radio station, WNJR. Check out the productions the Communication Arts department is putting on this season!

Additional information is available in the W&J College Catalog.

Theatre Faculty

Melissa Cook portrait

Communication Arts Department Chair

Melissa A. Cook, Ph.D.

Melissa A. Cook, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Chair of the Communication Arts Department.

C. Daniel Shaw, M.A. portrait

C. Daniel Shaw, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Designer/Technical Director of Olin Fine Arts Center

Communication Arts, Theatre

Karin Maresh, Ph.D. portrait
Stevie Berberick
T. Scott Frank portrait

Communication Arts Department Events

The Tempest

The Tempest photo
April 8 @ 7:30 pm - April 10 @ 12:00 am
285 E Wheeling Street
Washington, PA 15301 United States

Theatre Program Downloads

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