NC State’s Open Access Theatre Company
Since 1964, University Theatre has been NC State’s open access theatre company serving the entire student body. Under the direction of a full-time professional staff, we produce five major shows each season: three in the Producing Series, one each in the Studio Series and the summer TheatreFEST series.
University Theatre offers a blend of volunteer student productions and academic theatre training. Productions are open to all NC State students, regardless of major or whether or not they are enrolled in theatre courses.
Create an inclusive, student-centered community that inspires meaningful connections grounded in the experience of making and sharing theatre.
To be a leader in non-major theatre programs that instills a welcoming sense of community. We will elevate theatre in all its forms through meaningful accomplishments and practical skills. By engaging in impactful experiences, we will develop capable students who are compassionate critical thinkers.
- Promote intellectual growth, cultural competency and self-awareness.
- Provide an accessible, inclusive and transformative environment.
- Support the development of individuals.
- Teach excellence across a comprehensive range of disciplines.
- Foster the success of the whole student.
Take a Theatre Class
University Theatre offers academic courses in acting, directing, introduction to theatre, and all areas of technical theatre — including stagecraft, costume, makeup, lighting, and scenic design. All NC State students are welcome to enroll in theatre courses for credit. Students can also choose to minor in theatre.
Participation in University Theatre is flexible and fun! Whether you’re looking to be onstage or backstage, we offer a wide range of opportunities at all levels of time commitment. You do not need to have any prior experience, just a desire to meet new people and a willingness to explore your interests.
Frank Thompson Hall (formerly Thompson Gymnasium) is located on the NC State campus off of Pullen Road at the corner of Dunn Avenue and Jensen Drive. Thompson Hall is home to:
Free performance parking is available in the adjacent Coliseum parking deck.
Stewart Theatre, located in the Talley Student Union at 2610 Cates Avenue, across from Carmichael Gymnasium, has a seating capacity of 759. Free performance parking is available in Jeter Drive parking lot and the Coliseum parking deck.
What students say
“Thank you, University Theatre. It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of your program!”
B.A. communication media, theatre arts minor, 2014