Why Study Theater at Augsburg?

engenAs an alumnus and Chair of Augsburg’s Theatre Department, I am delighted you are considering Augsburg College Theatre and hope you enjoy exploring our website. You may ask yourself, “Why should I study theatre at Augsburg College?” Here are just a few reasons Augsburg College is an excellent choice for the dedicated theatre student.

Location

Being located in one of the major theatre and performance centers in the United States is a definite advantage to our students. Augsburg’s campus is situated just blocks from The West Bank Theatre District and just down the road from the new world-renowned Guthrie Theater. Our faculty continues to build strong relationships with local theatre professionals. These professional theatre artists are regularly invited into our classrooms via The Theatre Artist Series and serve as guest directors and designers working closely with our student in all aspects of production. As a result, many of our majors complete internships at prestigious theater companies such as The Jungle Theatre and the now retired Theatre de la Jeune Lune, among others.

Academic Offerings

The study of theatre is built on the foundation of the liberal arts that brings together literature, music, art, dance, history, philosophy, and religion. The Theatre Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with concentrations in Performance, Directing/Dramaturgy, and Design / Technical Theatre. Students can also minor in theatre arts, theatre history, criticism, and dramaturgy.

Production Opportunities

Each year we produce six productions in two spaces. Our outstanding faculty directors will direct two shows, professional guest-directors will direct three, and an advanced student with an interest in directing will direct the other. Over the course of four years, students will have the opportunity to develop skills and relationships with both our faculty and the best guest directors and designers the Twin-Cities has to offer. This year we have three local Artistic Directors and two professional designers working closely with our students on three different productions. We also host a series of workshops and provide several opportunities to perform in a variety of recitals.

Individual Attention

Our small class sizes and intimate campus promote close relationships between students and faculty.

Affordability

Over 80% of our incoming students receive financial aid. Theatre students, regardless of financial situation, are encouraged to apply for a Fine Arts Scholarship, worth $3,000 per year. Scholarships are available in acting and design/technical theatre. I encourage you to come visit the campus and experience the quality of our work for yourself by taking advantage of complimentary tickets. Just call the Box Office for Ticket Information and ask for the prospective student free ticket offer.

Enjoy exploring the site and see photos of previous productions. We hope to see you on campus or in the audience in the near future.

Sincerely,

Darcey Engen ‘88