Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many students are currently enrolled in the Department of Theatre as Majors?
35 - 10 BFA in Theatre Performance, 7 BFA in Theatre Tech and 18 BA in Theatre
2. How many students are currently enrolled in the Department of Theatre as Minors?
There are currently 16 students.
3. What is the ratio of male to female students in the department?
Majors only - 19 Girls, 16 Boys
4. What is the student to faculty ratio within the department?
3 full-time faculty members, 4 adjunct faculty. The ratio evens out to around 1 teacher to every 10 students.
5. May non-majors participate in the department, academically and extra-curricularly? Please explain.
Yes. Non-majors are allowed to fulfill various Liberal Education requirements with certain theatre classes, as well as participate on stage and off in the 5 annual theatre productions.
6. What internship opportunities are available for students?
Many of our students complete internships at local semi-professional and professional theatre companies. Our resident technical director, Spencer Brown, also provides them with technical work for paid opportunities at a semi-professional company that he is also employed with. Additionally, faculty member Jared Larkin is also the owner and creator of another Semi-professional theatre company in the area that students are provided with work through.
7. Does the department employ a student evaluation system such as juries or barriers?
Yes. At the end of every year, students are required to perform pieces that they have been working on. This allows the faculty to ensure you are on track with your progress in the program. It also provides students extra opportunities to gain "audition" experience. After these juries, the faculty will discuss your performance and will provide tips and advice to help you with the rest of your college theatre career. All majors hoping to graduate with a BFA in theatre, technical or performance, must audition into the program at the end of their sophomore year at Westminster.
8. What kind of study abroad opportunities are available (either through your school or an outside schools)?
Westminster has a very wide study abroad program. Many of our students choose to study theatre in various countries of their choosing but they are also offered many opportunities for May term study abroad with the department.
9. Are there any department special rules and policies that students must adhere to?
They must audition for all shows at Westminster if they are a major. They are allowed to audition and work outside of Westminster, in fact they are encouraged to do so to gain a wider variety of technique. Westminster's theatre program focuses on the whole person and our actors health and well-being is emphasized as much as actor training. Students must complete 20 hours of recreational activity a semester whether in our on-campus gym or on their own.
10. Does the department utilize any social media outlets?
Westminster College Theatre Twitter
11. Are there scholarships, awards, or prizes for theatre students?
Yes! Incoming Freshmen have a plethora of opportunities for scholarships, not only through the theatre department but the school in generally. 98% of the students that attend Westminster are on some form of scholarship. Theatre scholarships involve an audition and/or interview, generally in February or March before a student enters Westminster.
12. Are there any non-departmental groups of note?
Yes! Our students form their own theatre groups. We have a Westminster Theatre Society that is completely student run and a Dead Playwrights Society, where students gather to read and discuss plays.
13. Does the department have any partnerships with outside organizations (i.e. Community theatres, troupes, etc)?
We recently became the new host school for the Salt Lake Classical Greek Theatre Festival. The festival has been around for 41 years and is a staple in the community. This is a professional operation that provide paid opportunities for our students.
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