Theatre and interpretation faculty and staff believe that participation in theatre, dance and interpretation productions is an important component of your education. Our students have the ability to gain hands-on experience on-stage and backstage through several different paths.  University Theatre produces or sponsors over 25 different productions and over 80 individual performances, annually.​

  • University Theatre: University Theatre sponsors six mainstage productions annually. Each is directed and designed by faculty and staff. Advanced design/technical production students have opportunities to design scenery, costumes, and lights.
  • Studio Theatre: Students have the chance to direct and design productions, working closely with faculty on smaller-scale productions. Primary emphasis is placed on interaction between directors and actors, and the creative use of playing space. Past productions include: existing and new theatre productions, Music Theatre productions, Trap Door Improv, diverse dance productions, Advanced Directing class projects, and more. 
  • CMU Summer Theatre: A paid company of 10 to 15 students performs two to three plays in repertory on campus and in different locations across Michigan. Company members are involved in all areas of production, including set construction, costuming, lighting, props, publicity, travel and performances.
  • Interpretation Program: Students develop individual and group performances of literary works that were not originally written for the stage, including poetry, short stories, novels, journals, personal narratives, and essays. Presentations are made at various times throughout the year and at festivals throughout the country.
  • Alpha Psi Omega: This national honorary dramatics fraternity also is active in presenting a series of plays.