The study of theater is firmly grounded in the liberal arts, integrating knowledge and principles from many academic and artistic disciplines, including communication, art, music, history, English, literature, business, philosophy, and religion. Both the curriculum and dramatic productions by the Theater Arts Department offer valuable cross-disciplinary connections for the campus while also providing a solid base in classical, modern, contemporary, and multicultural theatre.
Augsburg’s location in the heart of a major theater center makes it an ideal place to study theater. At Augsburg we seek to create every opportunity for students to grow both as theater artists and scholars by encouraging connections between our campus and the greater arts community, while also exploring connections between theory and application. Students have the opportunity to make these connections through course study, theatrical production work, participation in the Artist Series (an annual series of events featuring visiting theater professionals from the Twin Cities community who work closely with students), and attendance at numerous professional productions in the Twin Cities. Augsburg theater productions are treated as unique learning laboratories where students can enter into creative collaboration with faculty and professional artists-in-residence.
In addition to theater training, students in theater arts learn valuable skills applicable to other professions: collaboration, verbal and non-verbal communication, organization, critical thinking, leadership, creativity, and self-expression. Involvement in theater arts can help prepare students for successful careers in law, education, business, communication, and journalism, as well as prepare students for careers in professional or academic theater, television, and film. In order to prepare students for graduate school or the workplace, the department encourages a second major or minor in such fields as art, English, education, film, music, history, sociology, or religion.