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Mission Statement

The Department of the Arts offers both a bachelor's degree and a minor in theatre. The curriculum balances solid fundamental study of the literature, history, and theory of theatre with practical theatre experience in performance, directing, design, and technical theatre. The program offers a liberal arts approach to theatre study, an approach that aims at enriching the students' awareness of the role of theatre arts within society.


The department produces a season of fully-realized plays, sponsors student-directed plays, and hosts visiting productions in its three theatres, the Malak Gabr Arts Theater, the Gerhart Theater and the Howard Theater. The department offers students the opportunity to interact with internationally renowned guest artists who are brought to AUC to serve as directors, designers and performers.

Students who participate are eligible to receive course credit depending on the extent of their involvement.