The Mission of the Theatre Arts Department focuses on three main goals: to provide our majors with a strong, basic foundation in the performing arts that will enable them to pursue post-graduate educational and professional opportunities in Theatre, to enhance the general education of the University’s CORE curriculum, and to enrich the cultural, spiritual, and intellectual lives of our on-campus and San Antonio communities.
The Theatre Arts Department provides its majors with a liberal arts program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. This program affords its graduates a thorough understanding of the art form: its performance conditions, representative dramatic literature and its major practices–past and present. Through the study of Theatre Arts, UIW students have the opportunity to learn analytic methods that enable them to think critically and to become creative problem solvers, thereby assisting in their preparation for advanced professional study in a variety of fields that respect a well-balanced liberal arts degree. Upon completion of their degree, UIW graduates are prepared to pursue specialized training in a variety graduate Theatre Arts study areas. The exceptionally talented graduate will have sufficient education and training to pursue a career in professional theatre, on or off stage.
The Department views its production season as both an extension of its educational program and a site of artistic and intellectual expression. In its presentation of four to five theatrical productions each year, the Theatre Arts faculty commits itself to collaborative teaching in order to support diversity of approaches and techniques as well as to demonstrate integrated artistic cooperation. The Department adheres to a policy of equal opportunity in casting and in the assignment of production responsibilities. Participation in the academic year production season is open to any student enrolled in UIW, and required of Theatre Arts majors. Through the production season, we provide the opportunity to participate and to witness major dramatic genres and theatrical styles.
The Theatre Arts program holds accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.