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Theatre and Speech at Salem State

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Productions and Festivals

Cast members on stage

We produce four Mainstage productions and two staged readings a year, utilizing a four-year rotating cycle of theatre genres for our play selections, ensuring that our students receive a comprehensive exposure to both classic and contemporary theatre styles.

We are active participants in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; our students have competed at the national level in Washington D.C. for the Irene Ryan acting scholarship, as well as stage management, directing, lighting design, allied crafts, and dramaturgy.

Salem State theatre cast of Antigone

NAST Accreditation

Salem State University is the only four-year public university in New England accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Our program meets the national standards that are required by NAST in our teaching curriculum and theatre productions. 

Performance Spaces

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  • Theatre students on stage

    Callan Studio Theatre

    An intimate and versatile "found space" in the historic Sullivan Building.
  • Exterior shot, the Sophia Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

    The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts

    A new, state-of the art performing art complex for Mainstage productions
Theatre crew backstage at Salem State

Technical Facilities

Our facilities include professional scenic and costume shops; a costume stock with over 75,000 costumes, shoes, hats and accessories; craft and dye rooms; a light lab; a sound computer lab; and a properties workshop.

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