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Theatre Department

Emporia State University began producing theatre in 1913

One of the oldest theatre programs in the country

Emporia State University began producing theatre in 1913, making us one of the oldest theatre programs in the country. We have energetic students, enthusiastic community support and are proud to be a part of the Department of Communication and Theatre where our students receive individual attention from our committed and celebrated faculty. Here, students can earn a BFA or BA in theatre, or gain certification to become a secondary teacher in our BSE program in speech and theatre. And through our affiliation with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, our students are part of a vital and thriving national theatre.

Featured Degrees


Bachelor of Arts

Learn by doing as an actor, designer and technician. Careers: teach, act, design or pursue graduate study. ESU has 8-10 productions every year.


Bachelor of Fine Arts

The degree Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in theatre provides intense preparation for students desiring to become a competent craftsperson and knowledgeable in all areas of theatre.



Learn by doing as an actor, designer and technician.

Undergraduate Programs and Majors

Discover undergraduate programs in the theatre department.

Apply to Emporia State

Undergraduate admission applications

If you’re ready to join Hornet Nation as an undergraduate, head here!

Graduate admission application

If you’re ready to advance your degree as a graduate student, head here!


About Us

Learn more about the Theatre Department, which was founded in 1913.

About Us


Discover what scholarships are available to theatre students.

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News + Events

Learn about upcoming productions and news in our department.

News + Events


ESU has several theaters on campus. Discover where they are located and their history.


Theatre Production Calendar

Discover upcoming theatre productions

Visit the theatre production calendar to learn about upcoming productions, showtimes, and how to get tickets.

Contact the Theatre Department

Director of Theatre

Pete Rydberg


Chair of Communication and Theatre

Heidi Hamilton