Mission of the Department

Theatre Arts

The theatre unit seeks to instill within students: (1) an awareness of theatre as a significant educational and spiritual force, and (2) a desire to contribute to the general improvement of the human condition through the arts. We engage in the pursuit of educational excellence through innovation, tradition, and technology and we also 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 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.

Speech Communication

The speech communication unit seeks to give students: (1) the knowledge and skills in speech communication that will benefit them interpersonally and professionally; and (2) an understanding of the importance of ethical and responsible speech communication in society.

Programs in Theatre

Theatre Arts at Salem State

Two fully operational theatres exist on the North Campus. The Mainstage (Auditorium) houses traditional works and musical theatre productions. The Callan Studio Theatre’s intimate atmosphere serves as a perfect environment for contemporary and more experimental theatre works. Four to six major productions are staged each year with guest artists, studio appearances and student workshops offered. Recent Salem State Theatre productions have earned regional and national recognition and acclaim for excellence in both the technical and performance areas.

Audition Requirements

Theatre Applicants:
There are two tracks in the theatre major that students can apply:
  1. Bachelor of Arts, BA (does not require an audition/portfolio);
  2. Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA (audition or portfolio as part of the application review). 
If you do not initially apply to the BFA you will have the opportunity to apply during the fall semester of your freshman year. Prospective performance students can audition for the BFA program. 

Auditions and portfolio reviews for Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants will be offered on:
March 26, 2015, 4:30 pm

Please contact Ashley Preston in the theatre department at 978.542.6290 to schedule an appointment or if you have further questions.

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