Theatre is based on life.
“It holds a mirror up to nature, as Hamlet says. That’s why it’s important to have theatre as a part of a liberal arts education, and why students interested in the theatre need a liberal arts context, such as Alma offers, for their studies,” says Alma theatre professor Joe Jezewski
Alma’;s theatre program couples an emphasis on creativity with numerous opportunities for students to act, direct, design, and learn about theatre history. A bachelor of arts with a major in theatre is offered.
Alma College Theatre typically presents four public theatric performances during the academic year, including the annual Alma College Theatre One-Act Play Festival, directed by upper-level theatre students.
Students interested in theatre find many hands-on opportunities to practice their art and craft:
- Students in Alma’s directing program have the opportunity to direct one-act plays as a part of an annual campus theatre festival. An advanced directing class lets students direct full-length productions as well.
- Design students have access to excellent lighting, scenery and shop facilities. Student designers are involved in all of Alma’s theatrical productions, often assuming full responsibility for set and lighting design.
- Students interested in the technical aspects of theatre make extensive use of the state-of-the-art facilities offered by the Remick Heritage Center, serving as master electricians, properties foremen and in many other major positions.