Theatre Arts


The Theatre Program is the most prominent international hub for Deaf and Visual Performing Arts.  As a program which blends a traditional liberal arts education with the conservatory experience, we provide an unique interdisciplinary education emphasizing collaboration and process, empowering students to affect positive change in society as innovative artists, dynamic leaders, creative thinkers, and engaged educators.


  1. To actively create student opportunities to study with national and international artists, scholars, and leaders in the arts industry.

  2. To highlight the artistic and intellectual diversity of live theatre reflecting the myriad of perspectives within the d/Deaf experience.

  3. To expand beyond the current pool of d/Deaf theatre artists and professionals.

  4. To produce dynamic leaders, powerful communicators, and free thinkers who will enrich the communities in which they live.

  5. To provide facilities and equipment maximizing the educational aspects of theatrical production while safely supporting our students, faculty, and staff and ensuring comfortable, satisfying audience experiences.

  6. To use the latest technology available to augment our productions.

  7. To cultivate and sustain relationships with organizations, theatre companies, and institutions throughout the world.

  8. To develop and maintain educational, research, and service programs within a liberal arts environment enabling graduates to successfully compete for postsecondary degrees and/or jobs in the arts and media industry.

  9. To initiate and build upon innovative pilot programs accessible to all audiences and practitioners.

  10. To become a vibrant cultural nexus serving all programs at Gallaudet University.

  11. To maintain a culture of civility, respect, personal accountability, and academic integrity.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's)

  1. Developing the Artist/Scholar:
    Students are expected to be fluent in the methodologies of creating artistic works and scholarly documents, and acquire the ability to integrate both methodologies as ways of knowing.

  2. Establishing a Knowledge Base:
    Students are expected to develop a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge base which may be applied toward their individual creative and scholarly work.

  3. Communication:
    Based on a common performance vocabulary drawn from written, visual, and physical texts, students are expected to be proficient in the artistic and scholarly processes, as well as gain the ability to reflect upon their work in an engaging, artistic, and constructive way.

  4. Application and Awareness:
    Students are expected to critically, creatively, and objectively apply concepts, theories, and methodologies to a myriad of issues encountered in current and future academic, personal, and professional contexts.

  5. Collaboration:
    While in the process of creating artistic products, students are expected to demonstrate an ability to work in a positive, constructive, and compromising manner with artists and/or other students of various artistic disciplines.

Ten Ways Being a Theatre Major Prepared Me For Success
Ten Paradoxical Traits of Creative People

A major or minor in Theatre requires students to interview with the Theatre faculty on every Study Day per semester, and an audition and/or portfolio review is a requirement for this interview.  After the interview, the faculty deliberates on whether to accept the student candidate outright or conditionally, or not.  If approval is given, then the student may acquire the signature of the Theatre Program Director and/or ACT Department Chair.

Declaring a Major

Requirements for Admission to a Major in Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre Arts requires only the signature of the department chair.

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