COVID-19 Update

Our operational status

Classes for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 are a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid modalities. We recommend email and/or Canvas as the best way to reach faculty and instructors. Academic departments are minimally staffed.

For more information: UWL's COVID-19 info hub

UWL Theatre Program Named Best in Wisconsin!

Click the link above to read about OnStage Blog choosing UWL as
one of the best theatre programs in the United States.  The listing of
all 50 programs can be found here.

Theatre Arts at UW-La Crosse offers an invigorating and fresh approach to undergraduate theatrical training. Our degree programs allow a wide range of opportunity while creating a focused and individual area of study for each student. We strive to balance vigorous classroom learning with practical production experience allowing for a well-rounded college experience with an emphasis on the collaborative and creative process. The theatre arts curriculum allows concentrations in six distinct areas of study: general theatre studies, design/ technical, performance, music theatre, stage management and arts administration. Students at UW-La Crosse can choose to major in one theatre emphasis area while minoring in another thus enhancing their educational opportunities and professional marketability.

One-on-one contact with our teaching faculty is emphasized and students are guaranteed a degree of personal attention rarely available in programs that accept higher numbers of students. In addition to its full-time faculty, the department frequently brings guest artists to campus from professional and educational theatre. The atmosphere within the Department of Theatre Arts is supportive, positive, collaborative and artistically stimulating. Students are involved in theatre productions each year as backstage crew, technicians, designers, stage managers, performers, and front of house staff. Participation in theatre productions is open to all UW-La Crosse students regardless of their major.

The performance stage is the natural extension of the classroom experience. Students receive a tremendous amount of hands-on experience through classroom projects and realized productions. The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts produces six performances each academic year allowing students to demonstrate, refine and expand the skills they've learned in the classroom. Additional production work is available through classroom projects, senior recitals and designs, undergraduate research grant-funded productions, and other student laboratory productions.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are essential to the core values of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  We commit to working to realize those values in class, rehearsal, season selection, casting, and all other artistic collaborations.  We value the wide range of perspectives and voices that add to the stories we are able to tell, and they can only be heard when all cultural and personal perspectives are present.


Adapted from DNA Works – Dialogue and Healing Through the Arts and Northeastern University College of Arts, Media, and Design  

Black Lives Matter. 

Black students, staff, and faculty matter. 

Black families, histories, futures, bodies, hearts, and minds matter.  

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color matter. 

Under-represented groups matter.  

We, the faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre, grieve the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all lives lost and impacted by racial violence in the past weeks and in the past 400 years. We stand in solidarity with the Black students, staff and faculty in our department, our university, our city, and our country.  

We believe in the virtues of dialogue, patience, and respect. We recognize our department’s and our field’s shortcomings and past mistakes. As educators, we are constantly learning and will hold ourselves to a higher standard.  

We are both witnesses to and participants in a movement for powerful systemic change. We recognize our privilege as part of this university, and we recognize our power to affect change. This is the time to re-examine our civil liberties and duties and to use the power of our voices and our votes to ensure that all in our society can breathe freely. Systemic transformation will not be smooth, and we will stumble. Yet, we will turn our outrage into action, with a renewed commitment to end of all forms of racism and racial violence.  

We know that, ultimately, we will be judged not for statements like these but for our actions going forward. We charge all of us to personally and collectively work toward the eradication of all forms of racism and racial violence. We thank those of you who are already doing this work. We thank those of you who are supporting people who are doing this work. We believe that peace is possible in our lifetimes.  

Department of Theatre Arts Pledge:  

We commit to fostering conversations, exchanges, and experiences that empower, spark and challenge us to think and act responsibly and empathetically among our artistic community at UWL, the greater La Crosse area, and beyond.  

We commit to deconstructing the existing barriers of exclusion to motivate and uplift; we will foster relationships across cultural boundaries to facilitate an inclusive and accessible artistic community at UWL, the greater La Crosse area, and beyond.  

We commit to looking beyond received wisdom to intentionally engage with high-quality and dynamic works, to ask hard questions about the world, our source materials, and who we are as people through creative exploration and self-expression.  

We commit to acknowledging and embracing the unique identities of each and every member of our community; we promise to treat each other as equals, regardless of our differences, and to choose humanity in the face of conflict.  

We commit to creating a diverse community where any individual can speak freely and honestly; we aim to recognize and use our privilege to advocate for underrepresented voices at UWL, the greater La Crosse area, and beyond.