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 eight shows each season: four in the main stage series, two in the Open Door Series and two in our summer TheatreFEST series.

University Theatre offers a blend of student volunteer 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. 

Learn about the history of University Theatre »

Our Mission

University Theatre provides high-impact educational and artistic experiences for NC State students by staging top-quality theatrical productions and providing expert production services for live events.

Our Vision

We use an integrated approach to the arts to develop informed, engaged and well-rounded citizens

Our Values

  • 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.

Learn more about theatre academics »

Get Involved

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.

See how you can get involved »

Our Venues

Thompson Hall is located on the NC State campus at the corner of Dunn Avenue and Jensen Drive, off Pullen Road, in the former Thompson Gymnasium. Thompson Hall contains:

  • Titmus Theatre, seating 192
  • Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, seating 103

Free performance parking is available in the adjacent parking deck.

Stewart Theatre, located in the Talley Student Union on Cates Drive, across from Carmichael Gymnasium, has a seating capacity of 759. Free performance parking is available in the parking deck.

Learn about facility rentals and events »

What students say

“University Theatre has been my home for the last four years. I couldn’t love this community more.”

 —Maggie Briggs (‘14), BA in design studies


“Thank you, University Theatre. It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of your program!”

 —Diana Quetti (’14), BA in communication media, minor in theatre arts

Theatre at NC State will be different but remain meaningful.

Theatre is about making connections through live performance. We understand there are extreme physical risks for performers, technicians, and audience members in mounting live productions this fall. These risks also exist in the various processes

University Theatre: Fall 2020

By now many of us in the Raleigh theatre community have seen the sad but necessary announcements from several local theatre companies. Raleigh Little Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, and NCT are among those that have decided to

A message to the students of University Theatre

Theatre is the art of live performance in which the action is precisely scripted, rehearsed, and performed to relay a coherent and meaningful message. Though University Theatre is unable to present live performances at this time, our action and message amplify the words of Chancellor Woodson. “We too