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EMU theater and history graduate Amanda Chandler

Theater is more than a performance, more than a skill set or a resume builder. Good theater is a way to question, to learn and strive for truth, to ask difficult questions, a place to start difficult dialogue, to try and chip away at the human condition. Read more…

Amanda Chandler, theater and history graduate, is pictured below (top row, third from left) with castmates from EMU Theatre’s production of Misummer Night’s Dream Redreamed.

EMU theater students during Midsummer Night's Dream Redreamed

Theater at EMU

EMU Theater produces intelligent, faithful and compassionate artists who foster justice and model peace via their art.

Theater invigorates every corner of campus, from medieval Christmas plays staged in the snow to experimental pieces mounted on golf carts, from major Broadway musicals in an 880-seat house to student-written plays flowering in our intimate studio theater. Learn more about what makes EMU Theater unique.

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.

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.