The Theatre Arts department at Murray State will provide excellent opportunities for you -both on stage and backstage. Each year, the theatre program produces a full and diverse season of shows. It's an opportunity for the students and the community to experience high-quality theatre productions. Come see our next production!
“"It all started at Murray State on the Robert E. Johnson stage in the fall of 1983 when the curtain fell on our production of 'That Championship Season'. I had the distinct thought, 'I have to do this for the rest of my life.' It was then and there the seed was planted."”
The Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts will provides a Bachelor of the Arts or a Bachelor of the Science degree. Minors are available in theatre, design/tech, performance, and musical theatre. You will be heavily involved in all aspects of production starting in your first semester. The courses are designed to promote life-long creative ventures for you after graduation. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and has alumni working all over the globe. Read more about the programs here.
“I chose Murray State because it offers a good education for a good price. I really love the atmosphere and the friendly people. The theatre department has many opportunities and the staff is always willing to help.”
The department utilizes two performance spaces. The Robert E. Johnson Theatre is a 344-seat proscenium stage, and serves as the department's mainstage venue. The Actor’s Studio Theatre is a 55-seat black box theatre for more intimate and experimental productions. Check out the production photographs to see what the department has produced in the spaces over the past few years!
“When I started my Theatre education at Murray State University, I was hungry to be exposed to a smorgasbord of techniques; my professors did exactly that while guiding me to find my own path. I will always be grateful for my experience there and the positive discipline that was instilled in me.”
Students are educated as liberal arts theatre practitioners in preparation for employment or graduate study. Each theatre major is required to work in or on 12 faculty-directed productions prior to graduation. You will receive personalized training, and work directly in professional capacities. The department houses a costume shop and scenic shop that provide hands-on experience. These shops employ students to work with professors to create the productions.
“People always asked me why I came to Murray, Kentucky from Southern California. It's because, when I visited the campus, I suddenly felt at home. Murray State is where I discovered who I was, and with the support of a great community, started me on the path of who I wanted to be.”