• 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.

    View our Current Season

    Visit our Current Season page to learn about our upcoming shows.

    Reserve your tickets today by emailing tickets@hamline.edu or by calling 651-523-2905.

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Theatre Arts.


    Transfer Opportunities

    Students who have completed the Theater Transfer Pathway AFA at a Minnesota community college, can seamlessly transfer to Hamline University to complete the Theatre B.A. degree.

  • Theatre Arts - NEWS


    Assistant Professor Laura Dougherty and Hamline alumnus Jackson Cobb ’20 contributed to the new book "Undergraduate Research in Theatre: a Handbook" published by Routledge.

    Derek Johnson Thumb

    The award-winning creativity and vision of Derek Johnson ‘03 can be seen on both the small screen and the silver screen.

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    Dance Ensemble

    The Dance Ensemble performs several times a year and works to combine physical expression with dance technique. Students train to be well-rounded movers by learning skills in multiple forms of dance.

  • Making Waves

    Making Waves

    Making Waves is Hamline's social justice theatre troupe. They performs in classes, for staff and faculty development, and for a wide variety of groups on and off campus. Each short play is followed by facilitated discussions.

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    Hamline Theatre Facebook

    Follow our social media pages to get immediate updates on upcoming shows and events. Take a closer look at how we operate as well as learn about educational opportunities to take advantage of.

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    Photo Archive

    Browse through the Theatre's online photo archive, featuring shows that date back to 1931.

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    Director of Macbeth Professor Levy


    Meet Hamline's Theatre & Dance professors, each contributing to Hamline's theatrical legacy.

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