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    Extraordinary Times

    Training students in the face of adversity, while prioritizing safety.

  • Find Your Scene

    Award-winning training at a public university price.

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    Co-stars and friends

    Your castmates and classmates will become lifelong friends as you work and play together onstage and off.

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    National Recognition

    Our productions earn frequent accolades and our alumni are featured on stage and screen nationwide.

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    Innovative Space

    Students gain hands on experience designing, building, performing and collaborating in cutting edge facilities.

Inspire passion, spark innovation

Here, you’re more than a student ID number. You are an individual—with talents and goals that we are eager to help you develop and explore. 

Why WMU?

  • Conservatory-style training at a public university price.
  • 8-10 main stage productions.
  • Career building travel and study abroad opportunities.
  • Direct engagement with theatre, film and television professionals from around the world.

And unlike many other theatre programs, we are an undergraduate-only department. That means it will be you onstage, backstage, designing the sets, lights, and sound, acting the major roles, and gaining the experience you need to go on to the country’s best graduate schools, or head out right away to begin your career.



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Our inaugural Spring season of outdoor theatre

May 12

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the delightfully funny musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be performed in repertory May 21 - June 6 in the Miller Fountain Plaza!

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Training Actors During a Pandemic

January 27

While prioritizing safety and CDC guidelines, WMU continues to train theatre artists under extraordinary circumstances.

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Virtual Visits With Classroom Observation

January 23

Prospective students can get a personal tour, sit in on a class, or chat with a current student in their program of interest. Come visit us!

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