The theatre program offers four majors. They are theatre arts/acting (AS or AA), music theatre, technical theatre and costume construction.
Vincennes University is a great place to study theatre for the first two years of college for these very important reasons:
- Students in the VU Theatre program experience the prestige of studying in a department accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. (NAST)* Nationally, only six other Community Colleges are so accredited, and Vincennes University is currently the only NAST accredited Community College in Indiana.
- Our reputation as an accredited theatre program and on-going articulation with four-year schools insures that classes and credits from Vincennes University are transferable to colleges in Indiana and throughout the United States.
- We are constantly updating our programs and facilities to serve student needs.
- Because of our open admission policy, we are staffed and equipped to instruct all levels of student interest and ability, from the honors student to the student just beginning to realize academic and artistic potential.
- We have a wide range of scholarship opportunities. The majority of those students who apply receive some type of scholarship aid.
The $16.8 million Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at VU is home to the theatre, music, costume construction, and technical theatre programs. The Skelton Center features an 800-seat theatre, classrooms, rehearsal halls, and labs for students.
Instructional space includes a scene shop for construction of sets and props, group and individual music rehearsal spaces, costume production lab, sound design lab, star and chorus dressing rooms, a green room, and an acting lab complete with sprung floor, movable drapes, a full wall of mirrors, and a lighting grid.
Features include European opera-house style seating with two seating balconies, a third balcony for light/sound control, central speaker cluster and additional speakers left and right for special effects, barrier-free access to all seating balconies, movable drapes on the third balcony to adjust acoustic performance from voice to music, and a separate system providing additional sound reinforcement for the hearing impaired.
For more information about any of these theatre majors, please contact
Kendra Clauser, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Program Chair