Founded in 1982, Theater Studies and Theater Emory make up a collaborative whole. Their shared artistic faculty/staff pursue theater both as an integral part of a liberal arts education and as a site of serious inquiry.
Unlike many pre-professional conservatory programs, Theater Studies requires academically rigorous study in a wide variety of sub-disciplines of theater; our teaching happens in classrooms, in tutorial conferences, in scenic and technical shops, in rehearsal halls, in unexpected hallway conversations, and in performances.
Theater Emory, as a resident professional company, serves as a laboratory for faculty artistic research as well as for Theater Studies courses (students can be involved in many capacities and auditions are open to any student). This unusual partnering of undergraduates with adventurous professional artists in residence creates distinctive opportunities: to link theory and practice; to let mature artists and gifted students inspire each other; and to make theater in which young artists and seasoned professionals bring their unique perspectives to the questions posed in the plays.
Breaking Ground is a series of informal Monday evenings, in which students, faculty, alumni and community artists are invited to present work in progress, preview more finished work in front of an audience in order to acquire feedback, and explore raw ideas and innovative approaches to beginning the process of development.
Students who wish to create their own theater projects independently may work through various student theater organizations: Starving Artist Productions (SAP), which produces non-musical plays, Ad Hoc Productions (musicals), Rathskellar (improvisational comedy), AHANA (African-American/Hispanic/Asian/Native American) Performance Group. Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor fraternity, is a service organization for student theater and holds an annual festival for student-written plays, The Lenaia.
Opportunities for involvement in Theater at Emory are available through the support activities of Friends of Theater at Emory.