Once Upon a Mattress - Sterling CollegeAbout the Program

The theatre arts major provides the student with focused study in theatre history, criticism, literature, design and advanced performance, and production including acting, stagecraft and directing.

Theatre laboratories give students acting and production experience through an annual season of plays including musicals, classics and modern drama via settings including main stage, intimate dinner theatre, touring children’s theatre and alternative spaces. Plays are chosen to cover a representative range of styles, genre, topics and periods in any four-year course of study.

Work and practicum opportunities are also available in professional theatres, summer stock, theme parks and other related settings.

The program has an excellent record of students being admitted to graduate programs. Skills and qualities developed by the program include organization, artistic design, self-expression, leadership, human relations, self-awareness, critical judgment and creativity.

2018-2019 Theatre Productions
   Big Fish
   October 4-7, 2018
   November 15-17, 2018
   Little Shop of Horrors
   January 31-February 3, 2019
   Of Mice and Men
   February 28-March 2, 2019
   The Liar
   April 11-13, 2019
   Performing Arts Festival
   May 3-4, 2019
Are you a high school teacher who would like to get your students out to a live theatre performance? Come join us!
Pizza Party Previews | Pizza, improv games, and a show! There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is required and will open in August.
  • Big Fish Pizza Party Preview | Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Small Room at the Top of the Stairs Pizza Party Preview | Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Little Shop of Horrors Pizza Party Preview | Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • The Liar Pizza Party Preview | Thursday, April 11, 2019
SC Theatre Workshops | Our annual theatre workshops, followed by lunch and a matinee! This year’s production is Of Mice and Men. There is a small cost per student to attend. Pre-registration is required and will open in November.
  • SC Theatre Workshops | Monday, March 4, 2019


Past Theatre Productions


  • Secondary Education Licensure

What Can I Do With This Major?

  • Actor
  • Advertising
  • Director
  • Make-up artist
  • Costume designer
  • Acting coach
  • Critic
  • Lighting designer
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Set designer
  • Stage manager
  • Theatre manager

Sample Courses

Extracurricular Activities

  • TASC (Theatre at Sterling College)

Theatre Arts Scholarship Requirements

  • Theatre Performance – Perform two contrasting monologues. In addition, if interested in Muscial Theatre please bring 16 bars of song. 

  • Technical Theatre – Be prepared to discuss your interest in Technical Theatre. Bring any of the following (if available): 

    Photos of productions/props/set pieces you have worked on. 

    Drafting plates, or technical drawings you have created. 

    Prompt books, or research files you have created for your designs. 

    Any models or renderings.

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Sasha Hildebrand
Artistic Director/Assistant Professor of Theatre
Stephen English
Technical Director/Associate Professor of Theatre
Ken Troyer
Assistant Professor of Communication;
Chair of the Communications, Media and Theatre Arts Department;
Director of Forensics and Debate