Unlike many pre-professional conservatory programs, the Department of Theater Studies requires academically rigorous study in a wide variety of sub-disciplines of theater; our teaching happens in classrooms, in tutorial conferences, in scenic and technical shops, in rehearsal halls, in unexpected hallway conversations, and in performances. The goal is that our students will be able to think, question, and create outside the box of "acting" or "design"—to re-imagine theater rather than simply to fit themselves into existing models.
Theater Emory, as a resident professional company, serves as a laboratory for faculty artistic research as well as for Theater Studies courses (students can be involved in many capacities and auditions are open to any student). This unusual partnering of undergraduates with adventurous professional artists in residence creates distinctive opportunities: to link theory and practice; to let mature artists and gifted students inspire each other; and to make theater that asks substantial questions about the world. Theater Emory produces between 3-6 full scale productions per year, each including professional and student actors with faculty and guest directors.
For nearly thirty years, Theater Emory has dedicated itself to the development of new work for the stage, based upon the belief that this work can enrich not only the scripts themselves but also those of us who choose to engage with them. The Playwrighting Center strives to create an environment at Emory where established and emerging writers choose to bring their growing plays for creative nurturance and support.
Theater at Emory includes a number of student-led theater organizations that provide opportunities for fun, development of new talents, and artistic exploration. Their contributions range from full productions to improvisational evenings or new play readings to support functions such as award presentations.