Academics T&F

(Above photo: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, directed by Karin Magaldi)

The School of Theater and Film is committed to providing liberal arts based professional training that imaginatively balances theory and practice. Through classroom study, studio/laboratory preparation, field studies, and stage productions, students are challenged to pursue a commitment to individual excellence and collaboration, discover a passion for their discipline, and develop a firm grounding in the core components of live and mediated performance. Students seeking professional careers, preparing for advanced degree programs, training to be educators, or pursuing interdisciplinary studies in the arts participate in contemporary production and critical studies practices encompassing new, modern, and classic works interpreted to confront and illuminate the diverse concerns of contemporary life.

The School of Theater and Film is an accredited institutional member of the
National Association of Schools of Theatre

Degree Programs

The school offers various degrees in theatre, film and dance at the undergraduate and graduate level. Each degree has a core of general requirements, to which the student applies a focus by selecting curriculum in the areas of performance (acting, directing, dance), design/production (scenic, costume, lighting, film production), dramatic writing, and theater/dance and film studies. The majority of students participating in the program are pursuing the BA/BS in Theater Arts or the BA/BS in Film. A significant number of students pursue the Minor in Theater Arts, the Minor in Dance, or the Minor in Film Studies. At the graduate level, the school offers the Master of Arts or Master of Sciences in Theater Arts and the Master of Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies (Focus in Film Studies).

Graduates of the program have gained admission to both university graduate programs and professional training programs, they have entered the professions directly, they have become teachers and university professors, and they have pursued a range of related professions in the arts, commerce, law, social services and the public sector.


The university's urban location enables the School to provide the richest diversity of teaching staff in the studio and educational experiences outside the studio. The resident faculty are active members of the region's arts community, as professional practitioners as well as educators. Their work is represented at the major theater companies, many smaller theater companies, other arts organizations, dance companies, production companies, educational institutions, film units, and the media. They frequently engage their students as assistants on creative projects, and they facilitate placements for their students with a variety of organizations as interns and regular employees. The associate faculty are of the highest caliber, both as practicing artists and as teachers of their craft. Faculty Profiles


The urban setting of the University is a significant asset to a student's education as it offers a wide range of opportunities to augment program activities. One of the main goals of the school is to support students in learning situations off-campus that are supplemental to their theater and film education. When such opportunities arise, students are encouraged to take advantage of them. Students may make arrangements to receive academic credit for professional, K-12, and community-based projects in theatre and film.


The Asher B. Wilson Theater Arts Scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman. The Theater Arts Scholarship is awarded to a theater arts major with upper-division standing and is funded through mainstage ticket sales. In alternating years, majors in Theater Arts and Film may apply for the Trudeau or Sheridan Scholarships in Fine & Performing Arts. For additional information, see the PSU Scholarship database.

Oh! What a Lovely War directed by Glenn Gauer

TA 408 Directing Actors for the Camera on location