NWU Theatre Program

At Nebraska Wesleyan, the stage is your laboratory. You’ll learn more at NWU because you’ll experience every aspect of life in theatre.

NWU Theatre produces 40+ shows running on 200 nights each year. Compare that to the production schedules at other schools.  

NWU faculty direct as many as 14 productions each year, including three to four musicals, Shakespeare and classic to modern dramas. And NWU students direct, write and produce an additional 20 or more plays annually.

Get onstage sooner. All these opportunities mean you’ll perform during your first year. And you’ll hone more skills. Design 
costumes. Build sets. Learn makeup and lighting and directing and choreography.

Be part of something big. Our experience-based approach draws 100 theatre majors from coast to coast. NWU Theatre is one of the largest and most diverse departments on campus.

When it comes to building your experience on and off the stage, NWU Theatre outperforms everyone.

Get amazing results

At Nebraska Wesleyan, you’ll build the skills and experience you need to work in the performing arts industry immediately after graduation.

NWU Theatre alumni are working in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Seattle and Phoenix as actors, directors, producers and costumers. Dozens more are in New York and overseas.

Our philosophy: If you can handle NWU Theatre’s pace, you’ll be ready for the demands of the profession.

Theatre faculty

Our talented faculty are experienced experts who know how to challenge, coach and motivate you. In addition, they connect you with talented and successful guest artists including Broadway actors, dancers and choreographers as well as successful stage directors and musical directors.


  • OnStage Blog named NWU to its list of top 30 college acting/performing arts programs AND its list of top 30 musical theatre programs in the United States.
  • NWU has the largest costume and prop libraries in the region.


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