Dordt College's theatre arts program offers students the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge by integrating the study of theatre with the doing of theatre. We use a hands-on collaborative approach that emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem-solving.

Students involved in theatre also develop skills that broaden their liberal arts background and prove useful in other fields. The time and resource management, improvisation, and communication and interpersonal skills students develop through classroom and production work help prepare them to work in fields such as education, public relations, ministry, marketing, or journalism. Majors, minors, and any students interested in acting, directing, designing, writing, or managing will gain valuable insight and experience as they participate in theatre arts classes and participate in production work.

We offer emphases in:

  • acting and directing
  • design and technical theatre
  • dramaturgy and playwriting
  • drama ministry
  • theatre management


Dordt's very active theatre program serves our community with two fully mounted main stage shows each year, as well as numerous smaller student-directed or classroom-based projects.

As a theatre student at Dordt you will quickly become part of the production process. Mentored by our seasoned faculty as well as fellow students, you will learn the fundamentals of theatre and be part of a collaborative team that prays and works together to create performance art. Our faith is at the heart of our work; join us for a meaningful and memorable experience!

There's plenty of opportunity for you here, as all of our auditions are open to all students.

Mission Statement

The Dordt College theatre arts department seeks to develop theatre artists who will serve and transform culture through the faithful use of their creative gifts. We strive to produce work that is good, true, and beautiful. We strive to challenge our community, and ourselves, to see the brokenness of humanity in this sinful world, but also to see the truth found in the grace of God.

Learning Objectives

1. To articulate in writing and demonstrate in practice a Reformed Christian view of theatre arts.

2. To explore, interpret, and evaluate the structure and history of theatre.

3. To communicate (write, speak, design, direct, perform) clearly and effectively.

4. To analyze and critique theatre's role in contemporary culture.

5. To practice theatre with a depth of skill and breadth of insight.