Chair of Performing Arts
Mallette Studio Theatre
What do you get when you combine a group of actors, directors, designers, and technicians (who are also teachers), 80 undergraduate students, and a professional theatre company?
An Exciting USI Theatre Program
The USI theatre program is one of the fastest-growing programs in the region. Because it is an undergraduate program, you will never have to compete with graduate students for roles, designs, or crew positions. And unlike programs at larger universities, full-time faculty, not graduate students, teach our classes. The USI theatre season is designed to introduce students to a wide range of theatre styles. In the past few years, USI has produced such diverse plays as Waiting for Godot, A...My Name is Alice, Tartuffe, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Blue Window, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Gift of The Magi, Lysistrata, A School For Husbands, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Buried Child, The Diary of Anne Frank, Endgame, The Seagull, On the Verge, and Miss Julie. See a complete listing of past USI productions. The current season schedule is now available.
Each summer USI produces The New Harmony Theatre. Located in New Harmony, Indiana, about thirty minutes from Evansville, New Harmony Theatre produces three plays every summer with Equity actors based in New York and Los Angeles. USI students regularly serve at New Harmony in apprenticeship positions, thereby receiving their first professional experience.
Since 2007, the University of Southern Indiana’s Theatre Program and The New Harmony Theatre, USI’s professional summer company, have joined together to create either a spring or fall season for New Harmony as well as unparalleled opportunities for students within USI’s Department of Performing Arts (DPA). Each season, the USI and New Harmony Theatres co-produce two plays in rotating repertory that blend professional actors with junior and senior performance students. These productions are supported artistically and technically by DPA students under the direction of the NHT Artistic Director and the Department Chair Elliot Wasserman and with the artistic participation of professional artist/educators Shan Jensen and Thomas N. Thompson. Moreover, this two-play season—now called “The Repertory Project”-- brings members of the Actors Equity Association—the professional union of stage actors and stage managers—to the USI stage in Evansville at the Mallette Theatre. There, in their own theatre, not only are USI students of acting and stage management able to work with accomplished professionals in their chosen field of study, they also gain valuable points toward qualifying to join this exclusive and prestigious union. Many USI students are able, therefore, to include professional Equity productions on their resumes even before graduating from USI—a distinction which puts the USI Department of Performing Arts in league with some of the country’s elite theatre programs. There has never been a better time to pursue a theatre education at USI!
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Every year, the theatre program interviews and auditions prospective students from within Indiana who plan to major in theatre. The faculty has the discretion to award new students four year renewable tuition-specific scholarships for up to $2500 if the faculty feels that the student has the talent to merit this support. Although the academic requirement is not as rigorous as other scholarships (students need a minimum high school GPA of 2.5), students must give strong indications that they are capable of doing college level work. Elliot Wasserman, Director of Theatre, is available to discuss options with prospective students. You may contact him through the information below or fill out the online form.
Students who submit applications before March 1 and who have higher GPAs and are in the top 25% of their graduating class may be eligible for academic-based departmental scholarships. These students should contact Eric Otto at the Office of Admissions.
Departmental scholarships are also available for continuing students.
Kentucky students of selected counties are eligible for scholarships.
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