Watch an audience erupt in laughter as you deliver your line perfectly. Write a scene that draws tears from a full house. Create a set that places the viewer in another world. With Hanover’s Theatre program, you have the opportunity to be a multi-faceted producer/playwright/actor and director. With four main-stage productions and numerous student written and directed pieces, hands-on experience will help you discover your talent in the world of the stage. Non-majors receive class credit and are encouraged to participate in productions as well.

The Department of Theatre at Hanover College, together with it’s play-production arm, the Hanover College Theatre, exists to involve and educate our students in all aspects of Theatre in the context of a liberal arts education. Students can:

  • Take courses in everything from acting, directing, design, and playwriting, to stage combat, global theatre, theatre management, and study-abroad in London and Stratford-on-Avon.
  • Major or minor in Theatre, or simply participate in it as extra-curricular activity.
  • Be involved in 4-5 mainstage productions during the season, as well as many additional student-originated shows, including an all-student-run comedy improv troupe.
  • Not just act, but direct, design, and write for the mainstage as well.
  • Take advantage of internships and assisted summer-work activities in Theatre.    

Recent Hanover productions have included:

The Dining Room
One-Act Plays
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Short & Sweet: student written and directed plays

The People, Yes
70 Scenes of Halloween
The Importance of Being Earnest

Catholic Girls Gun Club
God of Carnage
Hagar’s Children
Troilus and Cressida
What do theatre majors study?
Acting, Directing, and Stagecraft
Play and Screenwriting Stage
Combat, Voice & Movement
Global Theatre, and World Cinema
Shakespeare in England

Theatres where graduates have become company members:
Chicago Dramatists
Roundabout Theatre Company
American Repertory Theatre
Writers Theatre in Chicago
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Tennessee Repertory Theatre
Boston Improv
Atlanta Shakespeare Co.
South Carolina Repertory Co.
Cincinnati Shakespeare
Celtic Arts Theatre, Los Angeles
Cirque du Soleil
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Blue Apple Players

Other Career Opportunities:
Entertainment law
Film & TV production
Event planning
Marketing & fundraising
Nonprofit management
Teaching Ministry & counseling

Travel and Study Abroad Opportunities

Take advantage of immersive spring travel courses on subjects such as Shakespeare in England. Semester-long study abroad programs are also available in several different countries including Australia, Turkey and Spain. Foreign university programs approved for credit can be applied toward your Hanover course requirements.

Recent Internships:
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
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Millbrook Playhouse
Marin County Shakespeare

Recent Graduate School Placements:
Harvard University
Northwestern 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 Nevada – Las Vegas
Tisch School of the Arts – NYU
Florida Central University

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