Department Facts

Distinctions

  • Fully supported Senior Project requirement proves to employers and graduate schools the ability to complete a major original assignment.
  • The Equity Guest Artist Program
  • Collaborative projects with department faculty and staff
  • A practical, hands-on approach in many courses
  • Touring plays
  • Children’s theatre productions

Key Benefits

  • Developing practical and creative communication skills—writing, speaking, acting, directing, audio-visual production, and theatre design.
  • Cultivating critical perspectives on a variety of communicative practices and texts, including speech, politics, popular culture, performance, news, drama, film, television, and advertising.
  • Engaging responsible citizenship and thoughtful professionalism through college and beyond.

Endorsements

  • “Some would say that, as a young, independent filmmaker, I face impossible odds. But learning how to do the impossible at Allegheny got me this far.” — Ken Hamm ’92, on completing his first feature-length film, “Moving In/Moving Out,” in 1995
  • “There’s a wonderful atmosphere that allows you to try out new things without fear of censure, though you can always expect healthy criticism. There is an emphasis on professionalism, and having interested professors makes the department a real individualized event.” — Kim Nichols ’74
  • Allegheny graduates are regularly recognized for excellence in their fields. Their honors include seven Academy Awards, more than 100 Clios (advertising), more than 30 Emmys (TV) and the Pulitzer Prize (journalism).
  • “Experience is one of the most important aspects of an actor’s work, and a liberal arts college is an excellent place to get the kind of experience needed. You can study a wide variety of subjects and broaden your contact with people in all walks of life.” — Kathy Anne Williams ’77
  • “The Allegheny experience as a drama major has served me well in a hundred ways.” — Sandra McLaughlin Byers ’58, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Mellon Bank Corp.
  • “Practical people with a sense of humor are rare among all the self-styled ‘artists’ and theoreticians in theatre. I’m glad there were ‘real’ theatre people at Allegheny.”— Sharon Strite ’72