Matthew Wright, Professor of Theater, Chair
Kari Barclay, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater
Jeremy Benjamin, Lecturer in Lighting Design and Technology
Heather Leigh Brown, Lecturer, Costume Shop Manager
Laura Carlson-Tarantowski, Lecturer, Scenic Designer
Chris Flaharty, Associate Professor of Theater; Costume Designer
Anjanette Hall, Assistant Professor of Theater
Caroline Jackson-Smith, Professor of Theater and Africana Studies
Daniel James, Lecturer, Technical Director
Joseph Natt, Lecturer, Senior Technical Director
Eric Steggall, Lecturer, Managing Director
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The Theater Department offers students the opportunity to study across the major fields in the discipline within the broader context of a liberal arts education. In addition to coursework, theater students can acquire practical experience in all aspects of the theater by participating in departmental productions.
The Theater Curriculum
The Theater curriculum offers courses in acting, directing, history, criticism, design, arts management, and stage management. In addition to class meetings, many courses have a laboratory component that involves students in the process of creating a theater production.
Oberlin College Theater (OCT) Season
Each year, the Theater Department produces a season of theatrical offerings that includes three faculty- or guest-directed mainstage productions in the Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Complex or Hall Auditorium, and several student-directed projects in the Kander Theater. Casting in all of these productions is open to all Oberlin College students. Smaller-scale performances such as the Directing Class One-Act Play Festival, the Acting Capstone Showcase, or Black Arts Workshop’s “The Word and The Beat” shows are intended to provide a bridge between the classroom experience and fully mounted productions. In addition to productions that are sponsored by the Theater Department, students have the opportunity to participate in theater works sponsored by other departments and student theater organizations such as Oberlin Student Theater Association (OSTA) and Oberlin Musical Theater Association (OMTA).
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