A serious, intensive, and integrated major with classroom work realized through an active production program including: four to five faculty-directed productions and twelve to sixteen student productions annually.


Classes are offered in dramatic literature, visual creativity, the creative process, playwriting, acting (improvisation, scene study, acting styles), directing, and set, lighting, and costume design.

Our affiliation with a professional theatre company, the Potomac Theatre Project, affords opportunities to act, stage manage, and work in production and administration during the summers in New York City.

The Theatre Department offers a 12 course major designed to provide a balance of study between history, literature, and criticism of the arts, and skills of performance and production. Approximately 60 students elect a major in Theatre, and more than 300 students enroll in department courses each year. Alumni are increasingly active in the profession and often return to Middlebury to teach, act, and direct for the program.


Guest artists for short and long-term residencies have recently included actors from the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and visiting directors from New York City, London, Washington, Chicago, Seattle, and Minneapolis. 


Departmental involvement in regional theatre festivals, scholarship and graduate assistantship audition programs.


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Photos: Lilli Stein '10 and Tara Giordano '02 in the summer 2010 PTP/NYC production of Lovesong of the Electric Bear, directed by Cheryl Faraone (top); Benjamin Kramer '13, Forrest Carroll '14, and Benjamin Orbison '13 in the fall 2011 production of Big Love, directed by Claudio Medeiros '90 (middle);and Christo Grabowski '12 in the spring 2011 production of Victory, directed by Richard Romagnoli (bottom). Photos by Stan Barouh.

Department of Theatre

Mahaney Arts Center
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753