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Act, dance, direct, design, or stage manage. With numerous production opportunities throughout the year, students studying theatre can try on many different hats — figuratively and literally. Recognized for its high standards of training and the quality of its productions, the Department of Theatre at Holy Cross provides a nurturing and supportive environment for students to express themselves and develop their artistic capabilities in a collaborative environment.

In the liberal arts tradition, we believe theatre is a vital, dynamic medium qualified to participate in a dialogue about the human condition. Holy Cross theatre explores the spiritual aspects of our collective experience, examining compelling issues and ideas in a provocative and entertaining manner.

As a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Holy Cross theatre program is highly regarded regionally and nationally. Our teaching and programming has been reviewed and certified as meeting all national standards for formal theatre training.

Program Highlights

In addition to classes in theatre history and literature, students can choose to pursue the major with either an acting or design emphasis, or they can create a self-designed major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in film studies or playwriting. Courses of study include: 
  • acting
  • dance
  • design 
  • directing 
  • film
  • history and literature
Stage manage, learn different styles of dance, study abroad and more.
Each semester students collaborate with faculty and professional staff on major productions.
View photos of past theatre department productions.

Theatre News

How the Arts Prepare Holy Cross Alumni for Success in Every Field

Jul 14, 2017

What happens when we bridge the gap between the real world and our imagination? “Balance,” says chief executive James “Jim” Keyes ’77, “and the ability to move forward in wonderfully creative ways.” When technical know-how is coupled with art, the …

Theatre Class Explores the Power of Voice

Jul 14, 2017

The 12 students in Theatre Professor Lynn Kremer’s Voice in Acting class are all shoeless, having a pillow fight. Standing in a circle, they’re tossing a pillow from one student to another, shouting a sentence with each throw. “They throw …