In 1974 Salem State Theatre was just an idea. Born from a tiny speech department, the idea caught on. The idea was that it was possible to combine academic excellence with performance and production excellence without sacrificing art. Theatre and Speech Communication seeks to instill within students an awareness of theatre as a significant educational and spiritual force, and a desire to contribute to the general improvement of the human condition through the theatre arts.We engage in the pursuit of educational excellence through innovation, tradition and technology and serve as an artistic, cultural and educational resource for Salem State, other theatre organizations and the community. We provide theatre education and training of the highest quality within a liberal arts setting, fostering personal and artistic development, and encouraging outreach to society at large. We seek to achieve this through excellence in the classroom and in the production process, with a strong program-to-production link; artistic excellence in productions, which serve as our faculty's research; and, enrichment through the culture, art and community building that our productions provide to Salem State and the North Shore. But with all this said, we try to never forget that producing theater should always be fun.