Do I have to follow the prescribed curriculum?
No, in fact we absolutely encourage students to individualize across disciplines. We have had a number of dual or individualized POEs from Biology and Theatre to interdisciplinary approaches to education and the arts. Your advisors will work closely with you to craft a POE that meets your professional and personal needs and interests.
Will I have a chance to work on the mainstage in my first year?
First-year students frequently find themselves in robust roles and functions on our mainstage, whether performing or working in a technical capacity. As you work through your intended POE we will also craft a Capstone Experience with you for your final year. In many cases this could mean a lead role, a chance to direct, or even write your own show for the mainstage season.
What opportunities other than the mainstage season are there?
Along with practicum and internship opportunities, students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a study abroad program to enrich their overall experience and broaden their worldview. Rooted in a robust liberal arts environment, Juniata College Theatre offers a world-class education that prepares students for an artistic life, in and out of the theatre, through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and holistic approach.
Do students participate in the shaping of the department?
Absolutely. In fact, each spring our students vote on a historical category of show they would like to see in the following year’s season. Then the juniors and faculty decide on a specific show within that category. Additionally, we have two open forums each semester where students voice their questions, comments, and concerns in open dialogue with faculty. We are dedicated to a dynamic community structure for our program.