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Performances with Vision

Theatre Major

A production is more than just entertainment. It takes the efforts of performers, directors, set designers, makeup artists and more to bring a production to life. At Salisbury University, we believe show business really is “business.” From the studio to the stage, we’ll help you reflect your spirit and turn it into a career of promise.

The Bobbi Biron Theatre Program at SU fosters an environment that encourages innovative performances and designs where students can take risks and discover their personal artistic points of view. What do theatre majors do? Each student’s path is catered specifically to their interest, whether that be in performance, design, management, or somewhere in between. Students are involved in every aspect of creating bold performances, preparing them for careers and graduate programs in the entertainment industry.

Why Choose a Theatre Major at Salisbury University?

Our program balances a broad liberal arts perspective with the specifics of professional training. The program examines theatre through aesthetic education and criticism, creative expressions, and diverse historical and socio-cultural perspectives.

What sets our program apart from others is:

  • Our Performance Opportunities: SU Theatre creates live experiences that push beyond the preconceived limitations of theatre. Whether interested in performing, designing, or managing, our program provides students with comprehensive production opportunities. Students leave our program with portfolios full of work, evidenced by the success of our students and alumni in grad school acceptances and awards.
  • Our Productions: Ranging from new work to classical drama, our productions are produced with a contemporary, relevant lens that resonates with audiences both locally and nationally. Our faculty and students create new, adventurous performances that challenge, engage, and enlighten performers and audiences alike. We elevate the voices of our diverse student body through productions that reflect a multiplicity of communities, identities, and perspectives.
  • Our Faculty and Personal Instruction: Our faculty has years of professional experience in theatre, film, and television. Students are connected with industry professionals through guest speakers, workshops, and internships. We keep our class sizes small to ensure that each student is a familiar face who receives individual attention in the classroom, rehearsal, design meetings, and advising setting.

Theatre Major Tracks

At SU, there are three ways to be a part of our program: Design & Production Track, Performance Track, and the Theatre Minor:

Meet Quincy Theatre Major

Meet Quincy – Theatre Major

Learn how the theatre major provides an inclusive environment and allowed Quincy to gain both technical and performance skills.

Careers for Theatre Majors

Focused study in our program is balanced by a wide range of required production experiences that develop skills, knowledge and a professional work ethic to help you succeed in your career or postgraduate studies. With a theatre degree from SU, the possibilities are immeasurable, but include:

  • Actor/Performer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Educator
  • Broadcast Presenter
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Costume Designer
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Lighting Designer
  • Scenic Designer
  • Stage Manager

Theatre Major Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our award-winning faculty serve to inspire and challenge each student’s artistic and intellectual potential.

Meet Your Theatre Major Faculty:
Leslie Yarmo

Leslie Yarmo Headshot

Leslie Yarmo was the costume designer for the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Since she joined the theatre faculty at SU, she has shown her commitment to mentoring her students and helping them kickstart their careers. Several of her students have interned on film sets or landed professional jobs in New York City. Yarmo also took up the challenge of creating face masks for the local TidalHealth hospital in the early stages of COVID-19, bringing on some of her students to assist in the efforts.

Learn More About Our Theatre Major