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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We’ve got a role for you.

At URI, studying theatre goes way beyond acting. Theatre is a collaborative art, requiring discipline, hard work, high standards of performance, and passion — just ask anyone involved in bringing a play to life. So your role is equally valued here, whether you are acting, writing, directing, designing the set, running sound or sewing the costumes. This respect for the work that everyone does – both on stage and off – defines the URI theatre department’s approach.

The program is small, but it’s mighty, and loaded with the energy, passion, and magic that comes from people working together doing what they love.

– Paula McGlasson, Department Chair


  • computer and sound board overlooking set for Chicago
  • two actors in a scene from Angels in America
  • students sewing a costume
  • student using a drill to build a set
  • production scene from Singin in the Rain
  • student at a desk doing set architecture
  • production scene from Chicago

Why Theatre at URI?

As a theatre major at URI, you can choose a concentration in acting, directing, design and theatre technology, or stage/theatre management (in fact, you can even combine two of these, and still finish in four years). But whatever your focus is, you’ll still have training in all of these areas. This means you’ll learn to think on your feet, approach things creatively, communicate effectively, and be part of a team — all skills that will serve you well, in any profession.

Our core faculty is augmented by visiting professional artists from all disciplines, and from all over the region. This means you’ll develop relationships with working professionals, and have access to contacts in the industry. Our small class sizes also provide a personalized learning environment, and you’ll find there’s a strong sense of community that includes both faculty and students alike.

To say that URI theatre students learn by doing is an understatement. In addition to offering a variety of internship opportunities, we also have salaried positions available to students in our main office, box office, costume shop and scene shop. We even hire qualified students to teach the Introduction to Theatre course to non-majors. This kind of experience can make a big difference, not just with your cash flow, but also with employers and graduate schools.

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