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Dr. Ben Doughty addressing his class

Theatre

With two modern theatres, a computerized lighting system, and a broad-based theatre curriculum, the theatre major offers a comprehensive education in all aspects of theatre. State-of-the-art technical instruction, a proven teacher education program, and "hands on" training in acting, directing, designing, playwriting and stage management prepare the serious theatre student for a career in professional or academic theatre. Each year, both undergraduate and graduate students experience a full season of productions in the University Playhouse, ranging from Shakespeare to Sam Shepard. The Playhouse maintains a highly successful summer theatre program. Recent productions have included Still Life with Iris and the Southwest Theatre and Film Association New Play Festival, Hank Williams' Lost Highway, Shakespeare's Ontological Magic Circus, and Neil Simon's The (Female) Odd Couple.

Texas A&M University-Commerce productions have an enviable reputation for success in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, hosting the Texas area festival eleven times. A&M-Commerce theatre students have competed at regional and national levels in acting, scene design, and criticism and by a national award-winning production of The Time of Your Life.

Theatre faculty are dedicated, serious professionals with degrees from top universities in the field. Class sizes are small and offer the unique opportunity for Theatre majors to complete a senior project where a student writes, directs, acts, or designs for the theatre in a significant way. Much of the classroom and practical work is conducted on an individual basis.

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