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We are committed to the study and practice of theater as the core of a liberal education. We believe in theater as another way of knowing, a discipline that investigates the human condition from the inside. Our program provides a broad experience of all aspects of theater. Both in our department's course work and in Theater Emory’s professional productions, we focus on essential skills and diverse perspectives, but also on innovative approaches to creating original work. Artistic research seeks to break new ground, distinctively contributing to Emory’s goals as a research university committed to undergraduate education.

Theater at Emory News

April 17, 2017: Emory Playwriting Fellow Jiréh Breon Holder receive the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for Too Heavy for Your Pockets.

April 15, 2017: Alumna Christina Wallace addresses theater education and entrepreneurship with Forbes: "How Studying Theate Gave Us an Unfair Advantage in the Tech World"

February 14, 2017: Emory News examines how Playwriting Fellow Jireh Holder incorporates student research in his award-winning play, Too Heavy for Your Pocket

January 31, 2017: Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced its Off-Broadway season for 2017-18, which will include the New York premiere of Too Heavy for Your Pocket, by Emory Playwriting Fellow, Jiréh Breon Holder. The Roundabout has also commissioned a new play from Jiréh. Too Heavy for Your Pocket play will open at the Alliance Theater on February 4.

September 5, 2016: Alum Snehal Desai (C'02) reflects on his time at Emory in The Emory Wheel

July 7, 2016: Los Angeles's East West Players name alum Snehal Desai (C'02) Artistic Director.

July 1, 2016: Alum Garrett Turner is playing Benny in Auroroa Theatre's production of In The Heights!

April 20, 2016: Alum Chuma Gault (C' 94) is introduced as a new character in this week’s Game of Silence episode

April 4, 2016:  WABE-FM's Lois Reitzes interviews Professors Jan Akers and Tim McDonough about Theater Emory's casting genders for 'As You Like It.' 

March 30, 2016: Q&A with “AS YOU LIKE IT” student artist, Jennifer Lecnhner.

March 28, 2016: Theater Studies student, Wala Hassan, shares her experience as a study abroad student at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) through photos.

March 11, 2016: Emory University announces Jireh Holder 2016-18 Fellow in Playwriting.

February 27, 2016: Alumna Rebecca Weir (C'12) joins Timothy McDonough and John Ammerman of Theater Emory and the Emory Wind Ensemble in performances of Walton’s score to Henry V, Copland’s iconic The Red Pony, and more!

February 11. 2016: Playwriting alumna Lindsay Patton will have her One Nightstand produced by the Sauk Theater in Jonesville, Michigan this summer as part of their Festival of One Acts.

February 4, 2016: Associated Press discusses the "wave of interest" in alumna Lauren Gunderson's (2003, Creative Writing, Theater Studies) work

January 11, 2016:  Alumna Lauren Gunderson (2003, Creative Writing, Theater Studies) interviewed in New York Times Arts Section.

November 24, 2015:  Theater Studies faculty member and Theater Emory artistic director Janice Akers sat down with Jaime Lin Weinstein of Backstage.com to discuss the unique opportunities Theater Emory offers professional actors.

October 14, 2015:  Alaskan Playwright Jack Dalton talks "Assimilation" and Theater at Emory's Michael Evenden with Alaskan Public Media.

September 15, 2015:  Professor John Ammerman is interviewed by Lois Reitzes on 90.1 WABE's "CITY LIGHTS." He speaks about Aris Theatre's (Atlanta,GA) production of John Millinton's Synge's “The Playboy of the Western World,” which will continue through Oct. 11.

August 3, 2015:  2011 alum Ari Blinder stars as James on The Young and the Restless.