Jul 19, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Matthew H. Wright, Professor of Theater; chair

Jeremy K. Benjamin, Visiting Lecturer of Theater and Guest Artist
Laura L. Carlson-Tarantowski, Lecturer in Theater and Scene Designer
Preston D. Crowder, Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Theater
Sofia Dang, Lecturer of Theater and Costume Shop Manager
Scott Devine, Lecturer of Theater and Audio Technician
Justin L. Emeka, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Theater
Chris Flaharty, Associate Professor of Theater and Costume Designer
Anjanette Hall, Assistant Professor of Theater
Josh Innerst, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater
Caroline B. Jackson-Smith, Professor of Africana Studies and Theater
Daniel R. James, Lecturer of Theater and Technical Coordinator
Joseph Natt, Lecturer of Theater and Senior Technical Coordinator
Kari B. Senkowski Barclay, Assistant Professor of Theater
Eric A. Steggall, Lecturer and Managing Director of Dance and Theater

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The Department of Theater at Oberlin College offers students the opportunity to study across major subdisciplines in the field, within the broader context of a liberal arts education. In addition to coursework, theater students acquire practical experience in all aspects of the theater by participating in departmental productions.

Oberlin College Theater (OCT) Season

Each year, the theater department produces a season of theatrical offerings that includes

  • The Mainstage Series: three faculty or guest-directed productions in The Wurtzel Theater or Hall Auditorium
  • The Lab Series: a variable number of student-directed projects in Kander Theater and other locations on campus, produced under the auspices of the department, with faculty advising and staff support. The plays and performance pieces in this series are selected through a careful application process and are customarily the capstone projects of senior majors, though all are welcome to apply.
  • Class-related performances: smaller-scale performances such as the Directing Class Scenes, the Acting Capstone Showcase, or Black Arts Workshop’s “The Word and The Beat” are intended to provide a bridge between the classroom experience and fully realized productions.

Casting in all Mainstage and Lab Series productions is open to all Oberlin College students.

See information about Research, Internships, Study Away, and Experiential Learning (RISE).

Explore Winter Term projects and opportunities.

Majors and Minors


The theater curriculum offers courses in acting, Black performance, design, directing, history, performance studies, playwriting, stage and arts management, and technical production. In addition to class meetings, many courses have a practical component that involves students in the process of theater creation.