The on-campus Interpreters Theatre program began in 1976, when the former Words and Voices program was redirected into primary emphasis on group performance of literature. Today our curricular and production emphases are on the exploration of contemporary and evolving forms of group performance, based on scripts from a variety of texts, including fiction, oral history, diaries, and folklore.
The program is available to any qualified undergraduate or graduate student director, writer, performer or technician, who has successfully completed the Interpreters Theatre course, or an approved equivalent, and whose application for a production assignment is approved by our teaching and production faculty.
Student directors are usually Communication Studies or Communication and Theatre Arts majors, minors, or graduate students. Many of our graduate students in Performance Studies choose to script and direct creative thesis productions as a part of completing their Master's degrees. We present four to six student and faculty directed productions annually on our main stage.