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College of Liberal Arts

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Mission Statement

The Department of Theater is an academic unit within the College of Liberal Arts of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, engaged in teaching, research/creative activity, and service. The Department of Theater is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA. 20190.

The Theater Department is committed to the continued refinement of its primary objectives which are, in order of priority:

  1. Dedication to the development of excellence in the education and training of its students
  2. Contribution to the field of theater through investigation of and experimentation in the art and its practice
  3. Service as a cultural benefit to the University and the community at large

The Department of Theater blends scholarship and practice into an academically based theater experience that provides students with broad-based exposure to the human experience and a sound foundation in the skills of theater craft. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge of performance, production, theater history and literature, and contemporary practice in a wide variety of theater venues. Graduates will also be able to demonstrate intrapersonal and interpersonal skills in the form of leadership qualities, self discipline, creative expression, critical thinking, and the ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team.