The Theatre minor and emphasis within the Communication Arts major is designed to teach students about every aspect of theatrical performance, from those visible to the audience to those behind the scenes. Students gain aptitude in the writing, staging, performance, and analysis of theatrical productions, with special attention to relationships among artists, audiences, and communities.

Student theatre productions are staged  each semester with students participating from across the College. These plays and musicals directed by communication arts professors are performed in Olin Fine Arts Center. We also produce and host events including 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, staff and alumni; and student capstones are performed in the intimate Black Box Studio in Olin 102.

Communication Arts major find success in the field of theatre both as students and as alumni. Abigail Adams ’20 saw her play Don’t Worry, You’re Happy selected for a reading by professional actors at the Mid-American Theatre Conference when she was a junior. Ty Greenwood ’17 made his writing and directorial debut at Olin with his original, full-length play, This Kind of HATE, and recently received a writing commission for an original play through the Kemp Powers Commission Fund for Black Playwrights via City Theatre on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

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

Theatre Faculty

Melissa Cook portrait

Communication Arts Department Chair

Melissa 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

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

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