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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

Program Chair

Melissa A. Cook, Ph.D.

 Office: Burnett Center 010 Areas of Study Dr. Melissa A. Cook attended Duquesne University, Ph.D. in Rhetoric, 2005; University of Pittsburgh, Masters of Public Administration, 1994; Washington & Jefferson College, Bachelor of Arts, 1990. Dr. Cook comes to W&J from St. Vincent College, where she has been since 2004. Starting in 2011, she served as…

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 portrait
T. Scott Frank portrait

T. Scott Frank, M.F.A.

Professor of Communication Arts

Communication Arts, Theatre

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