Theatre arts at Dordt
Be challenged. Be changed.
As a major in theatre arts, you will not only learn the technical skills necessary for the industry, but you will have the chance to actively be part of the stage production process.
You can choose a focus such as acting and directing, design and technical, playwriting, drama ministry, or theatre management.
At Dordt, you will learn how to glorify God through a career in theatre, using the platform as an opportunity to show Christ in today’s culture.
Acting & Directing: When you study acting and directing, you will gain experience in voice and movement techniques for the stage, basic techniques for acting on camera, improvisation, stage combat, acting styles, and more.
Design & Technical Theatre: In this emphasis, you’ll gain experience in sound and lighting design and technologies, make-up and costume design, and more.
Drama Ministry: When you study drama ministry, you will take both theatre and theology classes, as well as gaining an introduction into educational theatre for applications like youth theatre programs or the classroom.
Dramaturgy & Playwriting: This emphasis combines classes in theatre, English, art, and history. Learn to write with clarity, grace, and power, study works by Shakespeare, and experience art history.
Theatre Management: Gain experience through a mix of theatre, business, and communication courses.
- experiential learning
- Dordt's Theatre Arts Department hosts multiple one acts and student productions, and two mainstage shows each year. Auditions for campus productions are open to all students, so you will have the opportunity to get to know students from a variety of programs, while honing your creative skills. You can also serve in positions backstage, from costuming to lighting. American College Theater Festival representatives respond to each performance, giving our students the opportunity to advance to regional and national competition.
- We have been invited to perform whole and partial productions at the annual regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. One-person shows, sets, costumes, and original music compositions have received awards, and our students have advanced to the finals in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.
- Apply for theatre arts internships. We have had students intern at the Guthrie and CLIMB theatres in Minneapolis, the Santa Fe Opera, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, and more.
- At the High School One Act Festival, our students work with high school students from across the nation who come to perform their plays. Dordt students also perform and help lead workshops and discussions about dramaturgy, directing, technical theatre, and other aspects.
- You will learn hands-on skills by working in the scene shop, costume shop, and box office. Many of these are student employment positions, allowing you to get paid while learning valuable skills.
- Both the scene shop and the costume shop employ student workers to complete projects, offering students hands-on experience. Dordt students with building, painting or sewing experience may apply for a workstudy position.
Dordt's theatre students can go on to work in a variety of careers. We have seen students start a theatre company, become a publications fellow, and more. Check out what some of our theatre students have done after graduation.
Tour the theatre arts center
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- The new Theatre Arts Center on Dordt's campus houses a black box performance space called the Fourth Avenue Theatre, which contains a recently upgraded lighting and sound system. It is used for rehearsals, experimental pieces, student-directed productions, and more intimate mainstage shows.
- The Te Paske Theatre is a 514-seat, modified thrust stage located in the Sioux Center High School, two blocks north of the main campus entrance. This theatre is used for most mainstage shows. It was completely renovated in 2009 and the lighting and sound system has recently been updated.
- Dordt has a large, well-equipped 1,700-square-foot scene shop where the sets for all of our productions are constructed. We also operate a very busy costume shop where costumes are designed and created. Costumes are available to students and the community for a small rental fee.
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