About the Department

Academic Programs

abt_dance1The Theatre Program offers two undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts. The BFA can be in either the design/technical area or in acting and candidates apply at the end of the sophomore year. No audition is required for admission into the B.A. program.

Both programs offer opportunities to develop skills in acting, costume design, directing, lighting design, management, scene design, technical production, theatre history, theory, and criticism. Students are also offered a minor in Theatre.

Advanced theatre students at Tulane may earn the Master of Fine Arts in Design or Technical Production. Students are accepted into this three-year Graduate Program every other year.



abt_theat1In an average academic year, Tulane University Theatre produces three to four mainstage productions directed by faculty or professional guest artists. With a commitment to select its seasons from all eras of theatre history, the faculty have recently presented productions of modern plays such as The Fifth of July, Hallowed Ground, The Death of Zukasky, Anton in Show Business, and Privates Eyes; and masterpieces and classics such as The Rivals, Enemy of the People, Comedy of Errors and The Hostage. The department's productions take place in the Albert Lupin Experimental Theater, a fully equipped flexible "black-box" theater, with large-scaled works produced at times in Tulane's Dixon Hall, a 1,000-seat proscenium theater.

From late May through mid-August, the program hosts the repertory season of The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, an Actor's Equity Company, with an intern program offering college students from around the country the opportunity to work and perform with seasoned professional actors, directors, and designers. The campus also hosts the Music Department's Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre in Dixon Hall, where large-scale popular musicals take place from June to August. The Patchwork Players Children's Theatre, housed in the university's Rogers Memorial Chapel, presents lively entertainment to New Orleans youngsters.

After Tulane

Tulane alumni enjoy careers in New York theater, regional theater, network television, feature films, and college and university theatres across the country. Some work for talent agencies, art councils, recreation programs, or creative dramatic programs. Others choose careers in related fields such as teaching, public relations, advertising, tourism, merchandising and fashion, or even in other professional areas such as law, business, medicine, or computer science.




Support the Department

Tulane's Department of Theatre and Dance offers several opportunities for parents, alums, and other stakeholders to invest in the future of the department. 

The Stephanie "Stevie" Dawson Memorial Fund and Award is for Excellence is Technical Theatre as exemplified by continuous dedication and service to the performing arts, while maintaining a positive and professional attitude in the face of challenging obstacles.  It epitomizes Stevie's love and dedication to theatre. This award is given at the department's annual spring picnic.

Just a reminder, we also have the Monroe Lippman Founders Award in Acting, and the John I. Sutherland, Jr. Memorial Fund that have accounts for which we make awards at our annual spring picnic. Donations are always welcome.

Donations of all sizes are welcome.  They help the department put on more productions each year, while increasing the quality of our productions.  You can mail donations to:
Tulane Department of Theatre & Dance
215 McWilliams Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

The department is always accepting donations of used furniture, clothing, household goods, or other "props."  You can drop them off at McWilliams Hall, or contact us to make arrangements for us to pick up any items. 

For further information on how to support the department, contact Marty Sachs at


Tulane University, Dept. of Theatre & Dance, 215 McWilliams Hall, New Orleans LA 70118, 504.314.7760