Professional experiences and expectations
Get hands-on experience in a wide range of production and design disciplines to refine your interests, hone your skills, and prepare you for a lifetime of creativity in theatre.
You'll work like the professionals do, and you will assume responsibilities that stand out on resumes.
Students just like you run most of the production operations here. Our productions couldn't exist without student dedication.
Our hands-on production labs are small and focused on your development. And our productions rival any conservancy program in scope and quality.
Our students often begin performing on the main stage in their first semester.
- There are four mainstage productions each year, including a student-directed show and a major musical
- You'll collaborate with the Department of Music on their annual opera program
- We offer a second stage season-experimental, edgy and fueled by students' artistic desires
Set the scene for your career
Our graduates are working in the bright lights of Broadway and the film industry in Hollywood.
Everything from stage management to front of the house operations is preparation for your amazing theatre career. Your input and artistry are valued by our faculty who are working theatre professionals. And the work you do—your scenic designs, costumes, sound and lighting—shares the stage with the actors.
Learn about theatre operations on both sides of the curtain including professional-style production management, execution of design elements, play direction, and engaging with the theatre-going public in patron services.
A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.
Here are some of the courses that theatre production & design majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.
- Scenic Design
- Scenic Production
- Theatrical Design Fundamentals
Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.
Recent graduates have gone on to school at:
Bowling Green State University
California Institute of the Arts
Florida State University
Kent State University
Illinois State University
The New School, New York City
Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts
University of Arizona
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Houston
University of Maryland at College Park
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Pittsburgh
University of Texas – Austin
University of South Carolina
The Yale School of Drama
Recent graduates have gotten jobs at:
Arden Theatre Co.
ArtsPower National Tour
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Cirque du Soleil
Delaware Theatre Company
Disney Cruise Lines
NetWorks Productions (Broadway tours)
New Jersey Shakespeare Festival
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Portland Stage Co.
Walnut Street Theatre
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company