The Theatre Program at Adams State University is known across the country as an outstanding program that prepares actors, directors, designers, and technicians for graduate schools, teaching, and for the profession itself. The program is housed in one of the premier facilities in the region: a state-of-the-art building, which opened in 2001. This intensive program offers classroom instruction allowing students to engage in all areas of study. A rigorous production schedule, which includes many student-directed productions, allows students to achieve complete performance training throughout their college careers. The program has won numerous awards at the Rocky Mountain Theatre Festival. One of the greatest points of the program is its small class size and personal attention that each student receives.

2019-2020 Degrees

Department Faculty


David MacWilliams, Ph.D.

Program Director

John Taylor, Ph.D.


John Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Professors

Jenna Neilsen, M.F.A.

Assistant Professors

  • David Gerke, M.A.
  • Andrew Richardson, M.F.A.


James Willis, Jr.

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