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Theatre Arts

Why Theatre Arts at Hastings College?

From blocking to the booth, ad lib to cues, the Theatre Department at Hastings College helps you graduate with a love of theatre and important life-long skills.

As a theatre major or minor – or as part of your college experience by participating – you'll contribute to all aspects of theatre production, from writing original scripts and directing to creating costumes and designing sets. Our faculty’s professional experiences cut across multiple stages, from traditional theatre to films to commercials. Their connections open doors to exciting internships and opportunities!

Our Scott Studio Theatre’s black box stage provides an intimate, flexible setting that lets creativity flow from performers to the packed house. Its design is also perfect for preparing you to work in film. It’s simply a sensational venue!

Our professors recognize a working artist today needs to crossover among various media, so they’ve created performance and design classes to serve as a strong base for entrance into all performing arts.

In addition to four to five full campus productions each year, opportunities abound to collaborate with groups in the Hastings area, such as a Shakespeare with Noodles youth troupe and the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center. January Term experiences include you’ll work with professional artists to provide you with exposure to choreographers and other artists currently in the field.

You'll also discover Hastings College Summerstage, which provides pre-professional paid positions to students who create a comedy melodrama or musical with area theatre alumni and community performers in a summer-stock setting. It's a great opportunity!

You'll find Hastings College Theatre Arts majors in internships, apprenticeships and fellowships with a host of organizations, including the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va.; Dixon Place in New York City; Walt Disney World; Disneyland; Theatre West in Scottsbluff, Neb; and many other companies, including several in Chicago. A recent student even interned with “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Hastings College Theatre Arts alumni:

  • Serve on the crew of MGM Grand’s Cirque du Soleil,
  • Run their own film and corporate training production companies,
  • Raise funds for arts groups,
  • Travel as buyers for Ten Thousand Villages,
  • Design lighting for Broadway productions,
  • Coordinate activities at assisted living facilities,
  • Enjoy exciting roles in films, commercials and television,
  • Earn lead roles in regional and local theatre productions – and so much more!

Enter stage right...and apply to Hastings College today!

Theatre Scholarships

Producing numerous productions a year takes a lot of talented students like you!

Theatre majors and minors are eligible for scholarships, but so are those who participate in theatre. Participating includes everything from acting to writing scripts to directing to creating costumes and designing sets and lighting.

We accept scholarship applications year round, but for best consideration, we recommend you:

Let us know you're interested in a theatre scholarship at Hastings, and we'll get in touch.

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On Stage: Success in Theatre

Rebecca Holcomb can conjure a new world with a piece of fabric. The senior theatre major from Burr Ridge, Illinois, is well-versed in sewing, hand stitching, hemming and clothing alterations. After amassing almost six years of experience working in... more
The circle of life has taken one Hastings College graduate from directing college plays to managing Broadway shows. Tom Reynolds ’98 has been working behind the scenes on “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre in Times Square in New York City since... more
For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s... more
Jim Fritzler ’76 is a minimalist. His office at Scott Studio Theatre belies the fact that he’s been teaching in the Hastings College Theatre Department for 17 years, with the last four as department chair. There are no massive piles of papers, no... more
From winning a Regional Emmy for Original Score/Arrangement for Commercial Campaign, to starring in Hollywood films and performing on stage for KÀ by Cirque du Soleil, his wide-range of skills all started at Hastings College. more