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Theatre Arts

The Theatre Arts program emphasizes creative, analytical, communication and critical thinking skills as well as collaboration and teamwork – skills that also prepare students for the demands of the workplace in today's global economy.

UMass Lowell students perform the play Bottoms on First.

UMass Lowell offers a Major in Theatre Arts within the English Department, as well as a Minor in Theatre Arts open to students in any of the university's colleges. The program boasts an outstanding faculty of theatre artists and scholars offering coursework in:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Design
  • Technical Theatre
  • Playwriting
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Theatre History
UMass Lowell students perform Dancing at Lughnasa in the Spring of 2017.

With several full-scale productions each year, the Theatre Arts Program offers rich opportunities for students to perform as well as to work behind the scenes in theatre production and management, including theatrical design, stage management, and technical production. For information on auditions, contact Shelley Barish. To get involved on production crews, contact Brian Saxton.

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UMass Lowell students perform A Midsummer Night's Dream, the comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96.


Internships are available both on campus and at professional theatres in the area. In addition, our partnership with the acclaimed Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell provides students with exciting opportunities to work alongside professional theatre artists on the development of world-premiere theatre works. Watch for these and other upcoming special events.