Artists are builders — creators of something from nothing.
Come together to make something new every time the curtain rises.


Launch Fine Arts

Act, direct, design, write, study—you can do it all.

Students graduate from our program able to produce excellent work in all areas of theatre: acting, directing, design, management and dramaturgy. Our curriculum trains students as theatre generalists who possess the full range of skills for a career in theatre. Broad training is supplemented by concentrated study in one of the following areas: acting, design and technology, or dramaturgy. 

Theatre training provides essential skills. 

57% of business leaders surveyed in 2018 said they believed soft skills were the most important. Perhaps that’s because soft skills translate to any career path and most aspects of being a great employee, teammate, and leader.

In 2019, LinkedIn named it “the most important skill in the world.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) placed it third on a list of the “10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Surprisingly, it is not data science or artificial intelligence, but something much softer: creativity.

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, “as the COVID-19 outbreak became more and more serious, companies learned a valuable lesson: the difference between success and failure is creativity…creativity has not only become highly valuable, but a way to survive…Creatives are the ones who are keeping brands afloat.”

Want to teach theatre? We do that, too.

In addition to a theatre major, we offer a theatre education major for students interested in becoming theatre teachers. Broad training in theatre is supplemented by coursework in education.

  • <blockquote class="callout-quote"><div class="callout-quote-text"><p> “Because it is such a small department, each professor takes the time to really help and get to know you as a person, actor and student.”</p></div><footer class="callout-quote-footer">Emma Wohlstadter ’23</footer></blockquote>

For majors and non-majors alike.

While many students choose theatre, our program also offers opportunities for students in other majors who want to continue to perform, direct, design or crew. Many of our theatre students also take advantage of opportunities at Monmouth in music and art

As a special benefit of our program, all theatre majors receive a free professional headshot. See samples and meet our current majors below.


  • Sam Zigmant

    Class of 2025
    Theatre Education
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  • Jadyn Craig

    Class of 2025
    Theatre Education & English Education
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  • Emma Romano

    Class of 2025
    Theatre and Business Administration
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Theatre News

  • Lost Boys and a Lone Girl

    The Lost Boys (from left, Dareann Pettis, Jadyn Craig, Ray Shaul, Emma Romano, Calista Lythgoe) attempt to revive Wendy (Kiersten Fuhr) as Peter Pan (Drew Carlson) looks on. Peter Pan (or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up) will be presented Nov. 16-19 at Wells Theater. It is produced with support from the Buchanan Center for the Arts, United Way of Greater Warren County, the Galesburg Community Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts. Read a preview of the production; check out more pictures from the photocall.

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  • At 15, a Versatile Theatre Veteran

    ‘Peter Pan’ lead Drew Carlson is in second leading role at Monmouth College, just days after playing ‘super angry adult’ in high school production.

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  • ‘Peter Pan’

    The classic children’s tale will fly across the Monmouth College stage five times Nov. 16-19.

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