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About the Theatre Department

Discover the Emporia State Theatre Department

Rich in the arts, rich in heritage

The Theatre Department is housed in King Hall where you will find the Karl C. Bruder Theatre, the ESU Theatre offices, classrooms, and the Design Studio. The Ronald Q. Frederickson Theatre and the Inez P. Friesen Studio are in Roosevelt Hall while Albert Taylor Hall is situated in Plumb Hall.

The theatre program is part of the Department of Communication and Theatre, a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Classes and theatre productions were part of the academic program at Kansas State Normal beginning in 1913. Albert Taylor Hall, located in the Administration Building, now called Plumb Hall, was the home of major productions beginning in 1916. The department moved into its new home, the Humanities Building, in 1966. In 1981, the Humanities Building was renamed King Hall to honor former President John E. King, and the College Theatre was renamed the Bruder Theatre, to honor Professor Karl C. Bruder, long-time Chair of the department. The theatre program has always been an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The program has twice hosted the regional festival, taken productions to several regional festivals, and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.


Emporia Theatre Guild

ESU's only theatre "season ticket" package, is a membership in the Emporia Theatre Guild.

Emporia Theatre Guild

Theatre Facilities

Learn about our four theaters on campus, some of which are in King Hall and one in Plumb Hall.

Theatre Facilities

Theatre Handbook

This Handbook is designed to present information and policies that are most often used by theatre majors and other students actively involved with the theatre program.

Theatre Handbook

Current Season

View our upcoming plays for the current season!

Summer Theatre

The oldest continuously-running summer stock theatre on the Great Plains was created by Dr. Karl C. Bruder at Emporia State University in 1955.

Meet our Staff + Alumni

Theatre Don't hug me

Faculty + Staff

Meet the faculty and staff behind the Theatre Department.

Faculty + Staff
Theatre Musical Big River 2

Alumni

Learn what alumni of the Theatre Department are doing after graduation.

Alumni