'Metamorphoses' by Mary Zimmerman

These Shining Lives

'These Shining Lives' by Melanie Marnich

Theatre division by-the-numbers

The Theatre division at the University of Colorado Boulder offers 8 degree programs:

UCB theatre faculty include 10 tenure-track Professors and 4 full-time Instructors

208 theatre students: 131 BA majors; 46 BFA majors; 31 graduate students

Productions: Among our peer (non-MFA) AAU theatre programs, the average number of full-length theatre productions during the academic year is 7.8.  UCB produces 11 plays each academic year for a total of 70 performances.

What makes Theatre at CU-Boulder unique?

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

CSF produces five productions each summer in the beautiful Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the University Theatre; CU students have opportunities to work with this professional theatre company as actors, interns, dramaturgs, and technical staff.


This dynamic student performing arts group  ($25K budget) produces the annual CU Fringe Festival as well as individual productions, guest artist residencies, and workshops.

Visiting Guest Artists

Recent visiting artists include Lisa Wolpe, Gary John La Rose, Jennifer Hubbard Elizabeth Dowd, Tim Miller, Eric van Baars, Joan Schirle, Jane Page, Ami Dayan, John Cameron Mitchell, Ann Crumb, Terry Berliner, Lee Blessing, Christopher Meloni, Holly Hughes, Karen Finley, and San Francisco Mime Troupe members Joan Holden and Bruce Barthol

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

PARtake is an e-journal dedicated to exploring the theory and application of performance in practice, and the research outputs created through these processes. We approach Performance-as-Research as an investigation into the material, epistemological, and ontological fundamentals of all forms of performance, intended or otherwise. The journal seeks to advocate and publish work created and critiqued from the “scholartist” perspective.

Internships with professional theatre organizations including:

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Local Theatre Company 
Phamaly Theatre Company
Athena Project Festival

Attention Homes
Boulder Valley School District
American Society for Theatre Research
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Curious Theatre Company
Dairy Center for the Arts
Denver Center Theatre Company
Paragon Theatre

ATLAS Institute Building 

(Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society)
Contains CMAP (Center for Media, Arts, and Performance) which is dedicated to nurturing multidisiciplinary courses and events in a state-of-the-art Black Box Theatre

CU Dance Program 

(minor, BA, BFA, MFA degrees)
Distinguished faculty who teach and choreograph ballet, modern, jazz, African (Ghanian), fusion, Hip Hop, Flamenco, and Contact Improv.


(Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program)
Funding available for student initiated research / creative projects and for faculty generated research / creative projects which involve students

Honors Program

Graduating with Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) at CU requires additional course work and a research thesis or creative work
Honors classes are taught by faculty as seminars with a maximum class size of 15 students

RAPs (Resident Academic Programs)

RAPs include Libby Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts
Live and take classes with majors in Theatre, Dance, Art and Art History, and Film