Theatre at Adams State University

With a State-of-the-Art theatre building, award-winning productions, and innovative community outreach, Adams State University Theatre is redefining the role of live theatre on a university campus.

From classics to new works, comedy improv to social change, our goal is to prepare our students for a lifetime of opportunity while providing exciting and relevant entertainment for the San Luis Valley.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

with areas of emphasis in

  • Design and Technology
  • Collaborative Creation
  • Performance
  • History / Literature

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Secondary English Licensure

This one-of-a kind degree features a hybrid program in which you will take courses in both Theatre and English.  Upon completion, you will be fully qualified and licensed to teach secondary English and Theatre. Graduates with this degree have a high rate of success in gaining employment as teachers.

Theatre Minor

The minor in theatre arts is offered for those who wish to be more effective in communicating the knowledge of their major. The minor is highly relevant and practical in combination with other majors such as business, government, sociology, English, guidance and counseling, music, journalism, education, speech correction, health, physical education and recreation, and all pre-professional studies. Courses are to be selected in consultation with the program chair.

Adams State Theatre

Adams State Ghost Light Project

It is a tradition to leave a “ghost light” illuminated in a darkened theatre so all who enter are safe. Inspired by this practice, Adams State University pledges to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for all as we commit to making every building across campus a safe zone or brave space for all who enter.

Theatre Program Outcomes

Graduates are employed in either theatre, arts or education fields after graduation
Graduates have pursued or obtained an advanced degree

Adams State University Theatre offers an intensive generalist program with a growing national reputation designed for the student who wants to experience everything college theatre has to offer. One of the greatest points of the program is its small class size and personal attention that each student receives.

Graduate Schools

We can help you get into top graduate schools across the county. Below is a list of some of the graduate school our alumni have attended.

University of California, Davis
University of Kansas City, Missouri
Penn State University
Emerson College
Central Washington University
The Ohio State University
University of Louisville
University of Hawaii


Set Designers
Entertainment business
TV technicians
Arts Administrators
State Management

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Theatre Program Faculty

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Dr. John Taylor
Department Chair

I believe art matters and theatre can have a real and lasting impact. The classroom and the stage should be at the forefront of efforts to examine our personal beliefs and the major societal issues of the day. Most importantly, each can be a site where a multiplicity of voices can be heard in discourse.

Ms. Jenna Neilsen, MFA

I received my BA from Ohio Northern University and my MFA in theatre pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Every year that I spend working with actors and theatre creators I become more acutely aware of the reason why I was drawn to theatre in the first place.

Mr. David Gerke, MFA
Assistant Professor

I teach a variety of courses in Design and Technical Theatre, with the goal of providing a general knowledge and experience of all aspects of technical theatre, and the opportunity to specialize in one or more Design/Tech fields.

George McConnell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

I am a theatre artist, educator, and scholar. I believe that theatre is a set of creative and critical practices that allow us to collaboratively imagine and theorize other worlds, and ways of being together within those worlds.

Theatre Program Curriculum

Explore Some of Our Courses

THTR 205: Improvisational Acting (3 hours)
This course is an introduction to improvisation as a form of comedy entertainment. Both short and long form will be covered. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for membership in the Adams State University Improvisation Troupe, the Lost and Found.

THTR 334: Lighting Design (3 hours)
The emphasis of the class is on the creative process, from conceptualization to the execution and presentation of the design idea, with a major focus being the exploration and practical application of the Controllable Qualities of Light, Functions of Stage Light, and Designing with Light, and producing the Lighting plot and related paperwork.

THTR 347: Theatre and Social Change (3 hours)
This course is an introduction to the ideas and practice of theatre as a catalyst for social change. It examines the intersection between theatre, society, and political activism.

Academic Catalog