Greetings from the Chair
M. Heather Carver, Ph.D.
Welcome to the Department of Theatre at the University of Missouri. We are excited about the opportunities that each semester brings to our undergraduate and graduate program. Our historic commitment to academic scholarship and artistic innovation began in 1925 when Professor Donovan Rhynsburger joined the MU faculty and legitimized the Missouri Theatre Workshop. Today, we celebrate the unique distinction of being named one of the most prolific programs in the country for theatre research as well as one of only a few Theatre departments that offer the BA, MA and PhD. Fostering creativity, enlightenment, and academic investigation is always a thrill as we continue to explore the endless possibilities of theatre and performance. Our undergraduate and graduate students are truly the "cream of the crop" on campus in both creativity and academic success.
The resident faculty is nationally and internally recognized in various areas of academic research, theatre technology/design, writing for performance and teaching. Faculty research agendas continue to establish important relationships with theatre scholars all over the world. Frequent invitations for faculty to work as designers and directors with regional professional theatres enhance the development of a vibrant and innovative production program and provide exciting career avenues for qualified students.
We remain dedicated to the inherent value of introducing our students to the most brilliant and accomplished theatre professionals in the business. An impressive list of guest artists, visiting playwrights and scholars, who graciously share their experiences and creative processes continues to bring a wealth of knowledge and provocative ideas each year. Students from various academic disciplines who enroll in our courses as well as those who participate in the production program have discovered that the collaborative nature of theatre encourages a sense of collegiality that provides a safe environment for the development of intellectual acuity and creative expression. As a result, many have found the study of theatre to be a viable and rewarding academic endeavor.
Through the concerted efforts of excellent faculty, dedicated staff and accomplished students, the Department of Theatre has become a highly visible presence on the MU campus and an essential contributor to the cultural climate of the surrounding community. The Theatre Department is growing in both our student population and in the College of Arts & Sciences's plan for renovations to our facilities in the next few years. While our production season offers a variety of engaging theatrical performances, we also are proud of our students' talents in design, performance, and writing, and in working for theatre as social justice on the national and global stage.
If you are new to our department or considering attending MU, please check out our website for countless opportunities to get involved in our program. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Our Director of Undergraduate Studies is Jon Drtina at email@example.com. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
M. Heather Carver, Ph.D.