Drama & Theatre
There’s a Role for You at WPI
At WPI, unlike many technological universities, the arts are highly appreciated and actively pursued. Theatre is one of the most popular activities on campus and there are numerous opportunities to showcase talents, or to simply enrich the college years.
Our range of theatrical offerings is impressive, catering to every level of interest. Here students can choose a concentration or minor in Drama & Theatre; they can study American drama, theatre workshop, theatre technology, and dramaturgy. Aspiring actors, directors, and producers, or those who just enjoy performing, have the opportunity to complete a theatre-based project, and the chance to perform with several different theatrical groups.
Our Drama & Theatre concentration is one of only a few of its kind in the country, emphasizing technology with a considerable amount of hands-on work with the chance to design a highly focused specialty.
GROUPS AND PRODUCTIONS
Several groups on campus produce and perform in large- and small-scale productions throughout the year. These include:
- New Voices: The nation’s longest continuously running collegiate original play festival. Since 1982 New Voices has performed original scripts from the WPI community.
- Masque: Masque stages three major productions each year; the Conservatory show in B term, The President’s show in C term, and New Voices in D term.
- M.W. Repertory Theatre Company: An experimental group formed by students, MW Repertory looks for offbeat plays for its semi-annual productions.
Learn more about our performing groups.
Find out what Inquiry Seminars or Practicums (.pdf, 413kb) will be added this academic year here.
To complete the Humanities & Arts Requirement, Drama & Theatre students may choose to act, direct, or design for a campus production. Due to the unique nature of the practicum, permission of an instructor is required prior to enrollment.