The Department of Theater and Dance provides Carleton students with opportunities to study. perform and work in practical theater. In the faculty-directed Players shows, students produce large-scale productions on the stage of the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater from genres pre-selected by a student committee. The department faculty works with officers on the student-elected Players board to coordinate this production every trimester. Many students also work outside of the officially organized productions with the Experimental Theater Board, Student Musical Theater, and other CSA-sponsored organizations, resulting in an often overwhelming number of theater opportunities every term.
Studies in theater arts at Carleton cover three main areas of theater: design and technical, acting and directing, and literature and criticism. Many of these courses are cross-listed with other departments. Click here for information about majoring in theater at Carleton.
The Department of Theater and Dance is now housed in the new Weitz Center for Creativity where a theater is located along with a rehearsal room, scene shop and two dance studios.
Two active theaters are located on Carleton campus. The new Weitz Center for Creativity theater offers a wide range of options for theater use with up to 250 seats which can be adjusted to a modified thrust stage or used for theater-in-the-round productions. Both theater and dance productions are staged in the Weitz Center theater. Also on campus is the 96-seat Nourse Little Theater, an experimental theater with traditional seating used for student productions and some comps performances.