Theatre and Film (Including Theatre Education)

D&E Theatre and Film: the first line of the greatest story you will ever tell!

The Theatre & Film program at D&E is always an adventure. You may find yourself on a large 60-foot stage or performing in a banquet hall. You might be running a state-of-the-art lightboard, or tweaking lights on location in a lush forest. The variety of stage and film work you’ll encounter at D&E will always keep you engaged!


The D&E Theatre & Film program prepares you with a strong foundation in acting, design, and community-engaged theatre as well as advanced skills in a specialty of your choice. Acting, design, directing, dramaturgy, education, film production, playwriting, stage management, theatre management – the possibilities are endless. Not sure which area you want to specialize in? Try them all! Flexibility in the Theatre & Film program allows for growth and self-discovery through exploration, observation, innovation, and collaboration.

But what do you do with a BA in Theatre & Film? Whatever you want! Our students have gone on to successful careers and graduate programs in a wide variety of fields from theatre and film to education and marketing. The skillset you learn in the Theatre & Film program at D&E prepares you for communication, creative thinking, and arts entrepreneurship – all elements highly sought after in the job market of the future. Alumna have gone on to act professionally, light rock shows, write for Pixar, produce television shows, craft life size puppets, and much, much, more!

Whether you’re a major, minor, or just love theatre and film, you’ll experience hands-on learning through courses, trips, and productions. From the moment you step on campus, you’ll have opportunities to participate (and even star!) in mainstage shows, film productions, and student driven works. Small class sizes and dedicated faculty provide individualized education and a tight knit learning community.

Program at a Glance

Degrees: B.A. in Theatre; B.A. in Theatre Education; Minor in Theatre; Minor in Film Production
Nationally Accredited with the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Scholarships available to majors, minors, and non-majors. Contact Professor Lonnie Martin, martinl@dewv, for more information.

Theatre and Film Students Can Get Training in …

• Arts entrepreneurship
• Advanced acting techniques
• Comedy web series creation
• Community-engaged theatre
• Contemporary theatre
• Collaboration and devising
• Design and tech
• Dramaturgical methods
• Filmmaking and editing
• Improvisation
• Movie Production
• Playwriting and Screenwriting
• Voice and movement
• See Program Requirements link below for a full list of classes

Past Productions

2022-2023 Season

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
Legacy Bid [Original Movie Production] by Lonnie Martin and Lauren Whittier
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind by Greg Allen
Very Still and Hard to See by Steve Yockey
Student Film Showcase

2021-2022 Season

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin
Based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E
by Rebecca Feldman
Failure: A Love Story
by Philip Dawkins
Student Film Showcase

2020-2021 Season

Proof by David Auburn
Student Film Showcase

2019-2020 Season

Frankenstein – Playing with Fire by Barbara Field, based on the novel by Mary Shelley
The Apple Tree by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Jerome Coopersmith
Based on The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain, “The Lady, or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton, and Passionella by Jules Feiffer

2020-2019 Season

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Murdered to Death by Peter Gordon


Boiler House Theatre
Constructed in 1924, the Boiler House functioned, as its name suggests, to provide steam heat to the original buildings of the College. In 1975, it was renovated into a flexible stage theater, capable of housing theatrical productions in a wide variety of configurations.

Gradual renovation over the next twenty years moved the Studio Theatre into the Boiler House.

In 1997 an extensive remodeling project was completed. This work included the construction of a new lobby area with box office, concession space and new patron restrooms. The other major component of remodeling was the addition of production spaces. These include a well-equipped scene shop and backstage space for the Studio Theatre.

Today, the Boiler House stands as one of the most interesting and usable theater spaces in the region.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art computer lighting system and a large inventory of conventional lighting instruments, the BHT can handle almost any lighting need and configuration of theatrical staging.

The 1997 renovation also moved the Light Control Booth inside the historical smoke stack, giving the light board operator a clear view of the entire Boiler House stage. It is truly one of the most unique booth configurations you may ever see.

The studio theatre is home to everything from acting and directing classes to student productions and projects.

Equipped with its own lighting and sound systems, the studio theatre provides an independent space for exploration and growth during a student’s tenure at D&E. This space is also home to the local chapter of Alpha Psi Omega (National Honorary Theatre Fraternity).

Built in 1997, the scene shop is equipped to work with everything from foam to steel. Stocked with a wide array of tools and equipment, it provides the opportunity to work with the tools and materials used by professional scene shops. Just as the studio theatre is where actors and directors learn their craft, this is where the real learning takes place for theatre designers and technicians. Being able to apply the knowledge acquired in class to the practical world of theatre gives the student a more well-rounded college theatre experience.


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