life after EMU
“My cross-cultural experience in Guatemala, combined with lots of opportunities to perform and interact with professors, prepared me to use my art and make a real difference in the world.”
Heidi Muller, a double major in theater and political studies, performed in key roles in theater productions and musicals like Medea, Tartuffe (pictured above) and Metamorphoses. In fall 2012 she began studies at Wake Forest University School of Law in North Carolina.
About the Theater Major and Minor
Theater majors may culminate their training through a senior project. Past projects have included:
- One-person acting productions
- Multi-media performance art
- A six week series of student-written plays
- Mainstage scenic design
Learning through faith and exploration
A program intent on exploration, EMU Theater embraces an adventurous model of faith and investigation. Some new courses allow students to form a theater troupe over the course of a semester, crafting their own original piece through collaborative work. Other classes range widely across the history of dramatic literature, pulling theatrical works as varied as theater of the absurd and contemporary Native American theater under our exacting lens.
Moreover, we at EMU share a desire to discover stirring works through our faith in our new Mission Courses, classes that charge both old and new works with a passion rare in its commitment and scope. Other courses in the curriculum reinvent themselves on alternating years, welding the breadth of a large program to the intimacy and mentorship of a small liberal arts setting.
Indeed, EMU Theater strongly encourages its students to make the fullest possible use of the university’s strong liberal arts core , supporting its students as they take classes in staggeringly different fields and journey to study abroad. Bold thinkers and curious artists, the departments students range widely in their interests across the sciences, arts, and humanities.
Global perspective and cross-cultural learning
EMU Theater is committed to a global perspective. Through coursework, production, and study-abroad, we engage students in the heritage and contemporary performance practices of global theater artists. Students spend time in cross-cultural settings, working with and learning from the worlds theater artists.
Current majors have invested recent semesters interviewing conflict victims in West Africa for a playwriting project and acting in Passion Plays in the Middle East. On campus, recent global theater projects included redesigning Western theaters for kabuki presentation and constructing theater pieces engaged in African development.
We at EMU proudly bear the belief that rewarding theater most thrillingly rises from a rich life and curious mind.