When you study theatre at Franklin College from your first day on campus you work collaboratively and creatively with students, faculty, and professional guest artists in a discipline that dates back to ancient Greece. By exploring the world and lives of other people, you gain a deeper and richer understanding of what it means to be human in the 21st century.
The theatre faculty is dedicated to making your experience in theatre at Franklin College valuable and enriching.
Download the Theatre Major Handout (PDF)
The Franklin College Department of Theatre is open to all students regardless of experience or major. Faculty serve as collaborators and mentors to help you do your best work. The work you do in theatre classes is hands on and you have opportunities not only to perform but also to direct and design. When you graduate from Franklin College with a degree in theatre, you won’t leave a bunch of projects from a class, but realized designs (lighting and scenery) from our mainstage productions.
The Richard A. Harrison Endowment for Theatre was established through a generous donation from Richard Harrison (’57), an Emmy award-winning producer and director and Tony nominee. He was a passionate advocate of professional and educational theatre and saw the benefits of finding ways for the two to intersect. Through this endowment professional guest artists come to campus each year and work with students. The goals of the Richard A. Harrison Visiting Theatre Artist Program are:
- to enrich and augment the curricular offerings of the theatre department.
- to facilitate the interaction of students with artists who represent four core areas of theatre education: playwriting, directing, acting, and design.
- to facilitate “hands on” engaged learning opportunities for students as a result of this interaction.
- to strengthen relationships between regional and national theatres and teaching faculty members.
- to establish institutional relationships between the theatre department and institutions with graduate theatre programs.
- to foster the reputation of the Franklin College theatre department.
- to enhance the cultural offerings to members of the campus, local, and metropolitan communities.