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Take Center Stage

Turn your love for acting, storytelling, and performance into a theatre career, either on stage or behind the scenes.  Learn the skills to act, design, direct or work the magic of theatre as a technician.  Make every day your opening act with a DWU theatre degree.

Register to audition for a theatre scholarship

What's the Difference?

  • Dive into your curriculum with courses like history of theatre and drama; acting; stage combat; scene design; and directing
  • Discover the history of theatre in workshops hosted by professionals
  • Direct your own production as part of your student experience
  • Immerse yourself in stage arts when you attend professional theater productions in places like New York or the United Kingdom
  • Use your B.A. degree to find employment in many areas: acting, directing, stage management, lighting or sound design, theatre technology or many others
  • Auditions for all productions are open to any part-time or full-time DWU student, as well as faculty, staff and community members.

Theatre Courses

Take a look at courses you'll complete with topics such as:

  • Scene Design
  • Directing
  • History of Theatre and Drama
  • Acting
  • Stage Combat

Find more of the classes you will take in our academic catalog.

Field Study in Professional Theatre

In this class, you'll travel and attend professional theatre productions either in New York, the United Kingdom or another theatre-rich, history-rich region of the world. Along with these productions, you'll investigate the history of theatre and participate in workshops hosted by professional theatre companies or individuals.

Our Upcoming Productions

Check out our current season and see how you can get involved.


Take to the stage here at DWU.

Our Favorite Productions

Browse the galleries of our most recent productions.

Get to Know Your Professors

Embrace learning the performing arts with our skilled professors! Our low student-to-faculty ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors.

Any Questions?

Contact us anytime! Call admissions at 605-995-2650, or email us at

We would love to share information with you via email, or we will mail it right to your front door.

Past Productions

Hennepin Sitcom

Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19 and our desire to keep all patrons safe, the Ron & Sheilah Gates department of theatre at Dakota Wesleyan University is unable to produce our traditional plays and musicals. Instead, we have opted to create and record this sitcom in an effort to continue with our acting, directing, stage management and design curriculum, while at the same time creating something fun and unique during this extraordinary time in our country and world.

Many safety precautions are taken in the creation of this sitcom. Temperatures are always taken and recorded, hands are always being sanitized and masks are always worn in rehearsals. While filming you will notice that at many times our actors are socially distanced or a scene is shot in such a way as to not show masks worn as other actors speak. Please remember that television is not our forte...we are theatre folk! In any case, we hope you enjoy our original series.

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Our Favorite Productions

Browse the galleries of our most recent productions.

Dan Miller

Dan Miller

Professor of Theatre | Chair of the Department of Theatre

Phone: (605) 995-2710

Corbin Kramer

Corbin Kramer

Performing Arts Talent Coordinator

Phone: (605) 995-2658