About the Theatre Department

Classes in the Theatre Department stand at the crossroads of all the arts -- literary, performing, visual, digital, and electronic -- and are open to all students. Whether you are looking for professional training or for a place to explore your artistic side, our classes and productions will strengthen your art and craft and deepen your understanding and appreciation of your own creativity.

Being located in New Haven means you will have incredible opportunities to engage in the highest quality artistic experiences -- especially at our outstanding regional award-winning theater companies. You'll have unparalleled access to working with the very best theater professionals as guest artists and designers -- all of whom have Broadway and Off-Broadway credentials. This means that our students graduate with real-world experiences and immediate connections to the performance industry.

  • A theater education broadly experienced, but practically applied
  • Informal pathway to certification in theater education
  • Small class size
  • A student-focused, hands-on approach to learning that gets results
  • Close proximity to New York City and a vibrant local theater scene
  • Internship opportunities at Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Elm Shakespeare Company, Goodspeed Musicals, and New Haven public schools
  • A pathway to teacher certification in theater
Violet: The Musical production


Students may apply to any of the 8 scholarships. Learn more.

KCACTF Regional Festival

Each year dozens of student actors, directors, designers, and dramaturgs compete at the KCACTF regional festival. In recent years several have earned top honors at the regional level and have moved on to the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The Theatre Department at Southern Connecticut State University is dedicated to the values of diversity and inclusion. We uphold these values in our hiring practices, literary selections, and casting processes. We believe that by providing access and creating opportunities for a diversity of students, faculty, and staff we will better reflect and serve the wider SCSU community. We strive to tell stories that resonate with more than a single group. In addition, we practice both gender and color-conscious casting for all of our shows. This intercultural and intersectional approach to producing and educating allows for a multifaceted population to come together around shared stories and recognized experiences. By including all – regardless of race, color, creed, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, or any other division – we commit ourselves to authentically fostering the educational and creative development of our students.