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Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Theatre has been present on the ASU Tempe campus since 1920 when it was a component of the liberal arts program. In 1957, the department of speech and drama was formed in what was then called the College of Arts and Science. When the College of Fine Arts, now the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, was founded in 1964, the department of speech and drama moved to the new college as one of three units. In 1977, the department became the department of theatre to reflect its focus on performance, production and theatre education. Classes in film production and film studies have been offered since 1980. In 1990, the PhD in Theatre with a concentration in Theatre for Youth was approved to complement an existing MFA emphasis in that area. The PhD concentration in Theatre and Performance of the Americas was added in 2005. The film program began The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in August, 2020.
From collaborative writing to set and costume design and from artistic sound and lighting display to standing in the spotlight or sitting in the director’s chair, pursing a theatre degree opens the door to an abundance of opportunities in the performing arts and entertainment industries. Explore the foundational elements of theatre, find your passion and hone your skills with a degree in theatre!