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 and the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) program, 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

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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.

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  • Chancellor Jacquie Moloney holds the hand of theatre arts student Lucas Bermudez, as philanthropist Nancy L. Donahue and theatre arts students Raphaela Pereira and Cristian Ramos Delgado look on

    Nancy L. Donahue Celebrates the Arts with $2 Million Gift

    This year, the Nancy L. Donahue Celebration of the Arts celebrated the Lowell philanthropist’s $2 million donation to renovate Durgin Concert Hall. It is only her latest gift to the university.
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  • Radio theater students from the production of Snow White, left to right: Director Emma Valentine, Colin Mahoney, who plays the prince and Shaina Perates, who plays the queen.

    Student-run Theater Group Takes to Airwaves

    When the stage went dark as the pandemic arrived, UML's student-run theater group, Off-Broadway Players, took up radio theater to interpret plays. They're airing this month on WUML.
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  • UML Theatre Arts interns Rachael Bergeron, left, who works in tech, and Hayley Jasmin, right, who does publicity for shows.

    Behind the Scenes, Theatre Students Learn the Ropes

    Theatre arts students gain valuable experience behind the scenes through paid internships on faculty-supervised productions. That can lead to professional internships – and then jobs.