University of Connecticut
UCONN offers BFA and MFA degrees in Set, Costume and Lighting Design, Technical Production, Acting and Puppet Arts. Students train with our professional faculty, staff, and renown guest artists while actively participating in plays produced by CRT.
The Department of Dramatic Arts and its theatre production arm, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT), combine to create an exciting center for excellence in the dramatic arts. Each year young theatre artists from across the United States choose to pursue education, training, and production experience through our undergraduate and graduate programs. The goal of the department is twofold. First, it aims to provide the finest possible professional training through classroom and studio instruction. Second, it aims to supplement and enrich that classroom and studio training by providing maximal opportunities for students to obtain professional level production experience through active participation in plays produced by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
UConn is now among the country's premier schools, on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in design and technical theatre. As well as teaching here at the university, our faculty designers and technical directors are active working professionals. They have worked and continue to work On- and Off-Broadway, in film & television, and at some of our country's most prestigious regional repertory theatres and opera houses. In addition, the University's physical location, close to New York City, allows for an active interchange with many other exciting designers who live and work in the area. Both undergraduate and graduate students benefit from a combination of outstanding classroom instruction and practical work. As such, student designers and technical directors have the opportunity to work both with faculty designers and TDs and other invited guest professionals.
Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) is the production organization of the Department of Dramatic Arts. Through CRT, the Department produces a subscription series of plays and musicals during the academic year, as well as a separate series of plays during the summer. In mounting and producing plays, CRT operates in a manner that is essentially identical to a typical regional repertory theatre.