• Theatre & Dance

    For more than 75 years, theatre has been a vital part of the academic life and mission of Hamline University. The official start of the program was in 1930 when Miss Anne Simley prepared with a $150 budget and a small platform stage on the third floor of a Science Hall and began a regular series of performances and classes.

    Today our facilities include a modern theatre, a black box space, and a small TV studio. While our productions, classes, and facilities have changed over the years, the core of the program has remained consistent. Through mentoring relationships, the faculty seek to provide the best possible training so that performance artists, designers, and technicians can achieve their full potential.

    Our focus is on shared learning, so every show is created by a mixed group of faculty and students. Our auditions also welcome students from the entire Hamline community. Our classes are small, the feedback is direct, and the learning is hands-on. 

    Theatre Community

    Hamline University is fortunately situated in the center of one of the strongest regional theatre communities in the nation. Guest artists are a feature of each season and many of our classes are enriched by presentations and special workshops lead by professionals from the local theatre community.

    Course Work

    Course work in theatre arts combines the study of history, literature, criticism, and theory of theatre and drama with courses in performance, design, and technical production.

    The Department philosophy is that artists benefit from the broadest possible range of training and experiences to develop their creative potential. We believe that every aspect of the college experience is an important part of artistic and personal growth. We seek to train artists who possess an understanding of the both humanities and the sciences, have a lively curiosity about the world around them, and are able to be reflective and critical of their own work and the work of others.

    The courses in the major, embedded within the liberal arts traditions of the Hamline Plan, provide an ideal meld of theory and practice to help students hone and refine their abilities. 

    Current Season

    This academic year marks Hamline University's 86th theatrical season. This season will bring a broad range of theatrical productions to the Hamline community and beyond. Students are encouraged to audition, volunteer to help production, and attend the brilliant shows brought about by the Hamline theatrical community.

    Reserve your tickets today! Email tickets@hamline.edu or call 651-523-2905

    Photo Archive

    Hamline's Online Photo Archive contains a select number of photos from the shows in all of Hamline's past seasons, dating all the way back to 1931.

  • Watch Hamline Theatre Arts students rehearse for their musical

    Video Spotlight

    Students and faculty talk about the theatre major and minor.

  • Learn about Hamline's Theatre Costume Shop sale

    Video Spotlight

    The annual Hamline University Theatre Costume Shop's costume sale can outfit any Halloween need.

  • News

    The newly renamed Global Engagement Center, formerly International & Off-Campus Programs invites Hamline students to an annual overnight Global Retreat from Thursday, October 27 - Friday, October 28 (Fall Break for Undergraduates). Deadline to register is Friday, September 30.