theatre department

Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

uritheatredept@gmail.com401.874.5921; Box Office: 401.874.5843

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The URI Theatre program provides a conservatory experience in a pre-professional liberal arts setting. The distinguished faculty, guest artists and staff place an equal emphasis on the theoretical and practical understanding of theatre. Artistically vibrant, relevant and rooted in collaboration, our unique production program enriches all students and serves the educational and cultural needs of the university and the greater community.

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Program Highlights

  • Approved B.F.A. curriculum with intensive specialization in one or two of four disciplines: Acting, Directing, Stage/Theatre Management, and Design/Technology
  • Low student to faculty ratio, with specialized classes in small, seminar-like settings
  • No audition required to become a Theatre major
  • Undergraduate-only program, so no competition from graduate students
  • Specialize in multiple areas of theatre, double major, or minor; and still finish in four years
  • Opportunities for paid employment within the department while pursuing your degree
  • Professional, diverse, rotating faculty with guest artists from Boston and NYC

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Quick Facts

  • 80 to 100 majors
  • 5 full-time faculty
  • 25 to 30 guest artists
  • Average class size: 15 to 20 students

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts, with specializations in:

  • Acting
  • Design and Theatre Technology
  • Directing
  • Stage/Theatre Management

Minor in Vocal Performance (with the Music Department)

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (through the School of Education)

Production Seasons

  • Four main stage productions
  • One student-directed full-length production
  • One-act play festival of 6 to 8¬†short plays (all directed by students)


  • 500-seat proscenium opening theatre
  • 250-seat blackbox theatre and rehearsal space
  • Blackbox acting, music, and dance rehearsal space
  • Costume shop
  • Scene shop

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