The Hanover theatre department showcases student writing, directing, stage management and design. Through active, hands-on experiences, you will learn your most valuable lessons in theatre and theatre production. In fact, with at least four main stage productions a year, multiple student-initiated productions, readings of new student writing and a student-led improv group, there are countless opportunities for you to explore. Theatre students learn to work collaboratively, and those skills will serve you well whether you pursue a career in theatre or combine theatre studies with another major. Hanover puts your talents in the spotlight so you can develop your creative potential.

Sampling of recent productions

At Hanover, you will study and experience a wide variety of theatre, rather than one specific genre, and gain a more complete understanding of the art. Some recent Hanover productions have included: 

  • Tartuffe 
  • Oedipus the King 
  • Aristophanes’ The Birds 

See more recent productions.

What do theatre majors study?

  • Acting 
  • Elements of stagecraft 
  • Directing for the stage 
  • Theatre history 
  • Other topics that interest you, from film to stage combat to playwriting


Students have been placed in a wide variety of internships, including:

  • Berkshire Theatre Festival 
  • Seattle Children's Theatre 
  • Warehouse Theatre 
  • People's Light & Theatre Co. 
  • New Jersey Shakespeare Festival 
  • Arden Theatre Company 
  • Smokey Mountain Shakespeare Festival 
  • High School Institute at Northwestern 
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville

Some theatres where our graduates have become company members include:

    • Chicago Dramatists 
    • Roundabout Theatre Company 

"With theatre, your mind becomes versatile – you can adapt. You learn art, history, politics, psychology, music, the sciences, self-discipline, skills, how to speak effectively, to communicate, to feel."

Jenny Thornhill '06

  • American Repertory Theatre 
  • Writers Theatre in Chicago 
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville 
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre 
  • Mill Mountain Theatre 
  • Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati 
  • ArtReach Touring Theatre 
  • Tennessee Repertory Theatre 
  • Bridgework Theatre 
  • Boston Improv 
  • American Players Theatre 
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Co. 
  • South Carolina Repertory Co. 
  • Cincinnati Shakespeare 
  • Cincinnati Playhouse 
  • Celtic Arts Theatre, Los Angeles

Graduate school placements have included:

  • Harvard University 
  • Northwestern University 
  • Indiana University 
  • University of Illinois 
  • Oregon State University 
  • Arizona State University 
  • Yale University 
  • University of Birmingham - Shakespeare Institute 
  • Florida State University - Asolo Theatre 
  • Boston University 
  • American Repertory Theatre 
  • Moscow Art Theatre School 
  • Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon 
  • Purdue University 
  • University of Virginia 
  • Northern Illinois University 
  • University of Nevada - Las Vegas 
  • Ohio University 
  • Tisch School of the Arts -NYU

Other career opportunities can be found in:

  • International business 
  • Advertising 
  • Ministry 
  • Teaching 
  • Film and TV Production 
  • Business Management 
  • Law enforcement/military 
  • Fashion Design 
  • Interior Design

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