The Mercyhurst Theatre Program trains students to become engaged artists, impactful leaders, and compassionate members of a global community.

An 18-credit minor is available to all Mercyhurst students. Courses in acting, theatre history, dramatic literature, and script analysis offer a breadth of knowledge about the discipline, while electives allow students to customize their program of study. Classes are small, enabling students to receive individualized instruction.

Our mainstage production season provides numerous opportunities for students to develop their skills as directors, actors, designers, and technicians in a wide repertoire of classic and contemporary plays and musicals. Recent productions include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dancing at Lughnasa, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, The Tempest, Cabaret, The Laramie ProjectUrinetown: The Musical, and Eurydice. Audition and production opportunities are open to all Mercyhurst students.

Students also work closely with guest artists. Most recently, Tony Award-winning actress Elizabeth Ashley, perhaps best known as one of the definitive interpreters of Tennessee Williams's work, visited Mercyhurst, where she shared her knowledge and experience with theatre students and participated in an onstage conversation about her legendary career.

Fast Facts

  • Mercyhurst Theatre Club aims to provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatre appreciation, production, and management and to foster a sense of community among students interested in theatre; thereby enriching the cultural life of our students
  • An 18-credit minor in Theatre is available to all Mercyhurst students. Courses in acting, theatre history, dramatic literature, and script analysis offer a breadth of knowledge about the discipline, while electives allow students to customize their program of study

Course Requirements

Students are expected to participate in departmental productions and complete 18 semester hours:

Four Required Courses:

  • THEA110: Acting I (3 credits)
  • ENG/THEA245: Script Analysis: From Page to Stage (3 credits)
  • ENG/THEA290: Topics in Theatre History (3 credits)
  • THEA320: Advanced Acting Workshop (3 credits) OR ENG/THEA358: Seminar in Theatre (3 credits)

Two Electives chosen from the following courses:

  • DANC100: Dance Appreciation (3 credits)
  • ENG200: Literary Studies (3 credits)
  • ENG316: Oral Interpretation (3 credits)
  • ENG330: The English Drama (3 credits)
  • ENG334: Shakespeare (3 credits)
  • ENG356: Contemporary Drama (3 credits)
  • ENG358: Modern American Drama (3 credits)
  • FASH 120: Contemporary Fashion Analysis (3 credits)
  • FASH 130: Introduction to Fashion Construction (3 credits)
  • FASH330: Textiles I: Fiber to Fabric (3 credits)
  • FASH 410: Fashion Evolution (3 credits)
  • FREN132: French Theatre in English Translation (3 credits)
  • ID100: Design Basics (3 credits)
  • ID220: History of Interior Design and Architecture I (3 credits)
  • ID221: History of Interior Design and Architecture II (3 credits)
  • ID380: Color and Light (3 credits)
  • MUS104: Music History I (3 credits)
  • MUS105: Music History II (3 credits)
  • THEA140: Special Topics in Theatre (3 credits)
  • THEA220: Acting II (3 credits)


The Mercyhurst Theatre Club boasts over 50 members from nearly every major on campus. Get involved today! Contact Brett Johnson at


With a seating capacity of 229, this intimate space is home to the Mercyhurst Theatre Program.


Past performances include Cabaret, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Tempest, Urinetown and many others. 

Contact Us

Brett Johnson, Ph.D.
Program Director, Theatre
Office: Preston 221
Phone: 814-824-2663