Theatre Studies

The Theatre Studies program at UNC is designed to foster multi-disciplinary theatre professionals, and is the quintessential concentration area for the self-directed student interested in further study in graduate school or a career in Theatre Arts.

Our Theatre Studies alumni go on to have exciting careers in directing, producing, playwrighting, teaching, performance, theatre administration, and much more. The Theatre Studies program offers a wide variety of theatre classes that encompass all discipline areas including acting, stagecraft, playscript analysis, directing, stage management, playwriting, dramaturgy and theatre management. The program also offers elective concentration credits, allowing scholars to pursue specific interests and areas of study, including classes and activities outside the School of Theatre Arts and Dance.


Admission to the Theatre Studies program requires submission of a 300 word essay, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. These materials must be submitted in addition to completing the University of Northern Colorado application.

Admission Information

Performance Opportunities

The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a wealth of performance opportunities including mainstage plays and musicals, as well as a variety of student-led productions. UNC is also home to the Little Theatre of the Rockies, a summer stock company that attracts theatre professionals from across the country to work along side our students.


A Raisin in the Sun, Summer 2015

The Importance of Being Earnest, Fall 2015

Students have the opportunity to audition for a variety of plays and musicals each year. Past productions include:

  • Anything Goes
  • Footloose
  • August: Osage County
  • The Piano Lesson

UNC's Little Theatre of the Rockies is the oldest professional theatre company in Colorado and includes performance opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and theatre professionals.

Little Theatre of the Rockies Website

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Faculty & Staff

Shelly Gaza, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Shelly Gaza

Voice & Speech, Acting

David Grapes, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

David Grapes

Directing, Playwriting

Gavin Mayer, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Gavin Mayer


Tom McNally, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Tom McNally


Andrea Moon, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Andrea Moon

Dramatic Literature, Movement

Mary Schuttler, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Mary Schuttler

Professor of Theatre Arts

Ken Womble, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Ken Womble

Head of Performance Studies