As a Hastings College Theatre graduate, you could end up in some amazing places! Serve on the crew of MGM Grand’s Cirque du Soleil or as a stage manager at Universal Studios’ “Wonderful World of Harry Potter,” run your own film and corporate training production company, design lighting for Broadway productions, or even enjoy exciting roles in films, commercials and television.

Writing, directing and designing — do it all

As a Theatre major – or as part of your college experience by participating in theatre – you’ll contribute to all aspects of theatre production including:

  • Writing original scripts
  • Directing
  • Creating costumes
  • Designing sets

Our faculty’s professional experiences cut across multiple stages, from traditional theatre to films to commercials. Their connections open doors for you to exciting internships and opportunities!

The 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.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Graduate with experience

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, Hastings Community Theatre and Boxcar Youth Theatre. 

Our professors also 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.

At every step in your path, you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty.

It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

All the extras aren't extra

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No-cost study abroad — During your third year on campus, you’ll spend a transformational two-week block studying abroad. And thanks to donors, you’ll experience this at no additional cost. France, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Honduras, the United Kingdom…where will you go?

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Books included — Afraid of a $400 textbook? No more! We’ve eliminated the high cost of text books by working with our bookstore to provide all required textbooks. This will save you $1,000 or more each year.

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iPad  + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to best incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes (that you’ll never lose!) to pictures of lab setups, professors and students find creative, new ways to use this perfect combination of technology and teaching every semester!

Get involved beyond the theatre classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)
  • Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Honorary)

In addition to Alpha Chi and Alpha Psi Omega  there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings College a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for Theatre majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores.  Plus we offer a specific theatre scholarship and other talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics. The result? Every student receives at least $12,000 in scholarships (but most receive more!).

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.

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On Stage: Success in Theatre

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Omaha art scene brings HC grads together

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…
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Fritzler makes cantankerous fun

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…