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.

2017-2018 Theatre Productions

Once Upon a Mattress
October 5-8 (5-7 at 8 pm and 8th at 2 pm)

All My Sons
Nov. 17-19 (17-18 at 8 pm and 19th at 2 pm)

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
Feb. 2-4 (2-3 at 8 pm and 4th at 2 pm)

Romeo and Juliet
March 1-3 at 7:30 pm

Noises Off
April 19-21 at 7:30 pm

One Acts
May 3-4 at 7:30 pm

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