ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Theatre at Goucher?

The Theatre Program is designed to offer a balance between the varied artistic elements of theatre and an intellectual understanding of the diverse theoretical, historical, and cultural aspects of this art. Theatre students prepare for careers in theatre and other performance media, for further studies in theatre at the graduate level, or for the pursuit of careers in diverse fields outside of professional theatre.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

At Goucher, the study of theatre is firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Ours is not a conservatory program. We encourage our students to pursue excellence in all the multiple facets of theatre study, including performance, design and technical theatre production, collaborative stagecraft, playwriting and directing, and dramaturgy. Students are expected to balance the rigors of their academic classes with the requirements of a demanding production season.  Learn More

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Students who major in theatre at Goucher will complete courses in performance, technical theatre and design, history/criticism/dramatic literature, integrative skills courses (such as directing, playwriting, or theatre for social change), and professional development/extramural experience. The Theatre Program also sponsors an annual theatre season in the Mildred Dunnock black box theatre. Our seasons are made up of a diverse array of theatrical productions that include classical and contemporary plays from around the world, student written original works, works in languages other than English, and pieces that experiment with form and content. 

Course Curriculum


Program Contact
Theatre program coordinator: Allison Campbell

Full-Time and Half-Time Faculty
Allison Campbell, Associate Professor of Theatre: Scene Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Experimental Theatre

Michael Curry, Professor of Theatre: Directing, Particularly Classical Works (Shakespeare and Greeks); Modern British Drama; U.S. Drama of the 1960s Through 1980s; First-Person Historical Interpretation; Theatre in the Community; Commedia Dell'arte; Mime; Voiceover Work and Narration; Service Leaning

Professor Emeriti
Jean Wilhelm, Professor Emerita of Theatre

Instructional Staff

Kendra Shapanus, Costume Supervisor

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher theatre students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of Global Education for more information.

Arezzo, Italy: Theatre, dance, and music students can study performing arts in the Accademia Dell'Arte program in the medieval city of Arezzo, Italy, in the heart of Tuscany. The Accademia combines an intensive Italian language program and academic studies with a semester of high level theatre, music, or dance performance training. Students experience a rigorous education that takes place in an atmosphere that encourages individual expression and experimentation, providing students with the skills and techniques that form the fundamental basis for which excellence and creativity emerge. Two Goucher theatre majors per semester can study in the theatre program. Two Goucher music majors can apply for fall semester in the music program. Fall semester music program application procedure requires submission of supplemental materials. The dance program is offered in the spring semester and is limited to highly skilled dance majors. Prior to the start of the program, students will enroll in a four-week language intensive class. Students live in the Villa Godiola, in furnished, double occupancy, ensuite rooms.

Paris, Marseille, and Avignon, France: This course is an experiential introduction to the dynamic world of contemporary French theatre in three distinct parts of France: Avignon and rural Provence, Marseille, and Paris. Students get to know each area through French people, and improve language skills in immersion environments such as homestay families, theatre workshops, and cooking classes. Experienced theatre students profit from direct engagement with French traditions of performance, while beginners discover and develop skills such as vocal projection and characterization. For all students, theatre work offers tools for developing conversational ease in French while plays and performances provide a window into contemporary French culture. The capstone project is a Goucher Theatre Program production presented as part of the program's fall events. Each student's participation is based on the individual's skills and interests.

Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION: A CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC IMMERSION: This course includes a pre-departure discussion in the spring term and a three-week intensive course abroad in the summer. (1/4) An intensive international dance experience in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland. Students will experience daily instruction in a number of dance forms ranging from European contemporary dance to traditional Scottish dance, view and examine dance/movement theatre/events/happenings as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival, and examine the historical, aesthetic, theoretical, philosophical, and critical issues concerning dance in the British Isles and Europe. This course requires a pre-course in the spring semester. Summer 2020 and alternate years.

Office of Global Education

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Education Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship should contact their individual academic advisors.

Full- or part-time internships with professional production companies. Prerequisite: at least one course in theatre. Preliminary application and interview required. May be taken for a letter grade or pass/no pass.
Instructor: Michael Curry

Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning, or service learning, is a way for students to actively connect their academic work with direct experience in the community. By combining hands-on work in the community with the academic framework provided by course work across the curriculum, students gain a rich experience of social issues. Students learn about the workings of community, encounter differences related to race, class and privilege, gain a deeper understanding about social justice, and are able to do work that is beneficial to others. They also gain a greater understanding of themselves. Community-based learning emphasizes academic rigor, reflection, and developing ongoing community partnerships. Community-based learning can be part of any discipline and any academic division: humanities, social sciences, sciences and the arts.

At Goucher, community-based learning is part of a growing number of academic courses, including Theatre for Social Change. More information is available from Michael Curry or by visiting the Community-Based Learning website.

Student Clubs

See the Office of Student Engagement for more information about student organizations like the Open Circle Theatre, Pizzazz, and more.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

The Theatre Program has many opportunities for students to work on its stage crews and production teams. See Todd Mion for more information. 

The Comparative Drama Conference

The Comparative Drama Conference was held in Baltimore again this year, and once again a play by Professor Alvin Eng was chosen for a staged reading. Congratulations, Alvin!

The special keynote speaker at the conference this year was David Henry Hwang, author of M Butterfly and Yellowface, which Goucher theatre students saw at Theatre J in Washington this semester. Professor Eng spoke on a panel about Hwang's work as a librettist, which David Henry attended.

Two Goucher theatre students, Jacob Zabawa and Annabeth Lucas, also attended the conference, where Professor Eng introduced them to David Henry Hwang.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.