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Welcome to the Department of Theatre

Our program offers the only Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the state, encompassing acting, performance, musical theatre and more. The Department of Theatre brings together talented and creative individuals interested in pursuing their passion and helps them realize their artistic abilities. 

At USD, our faculty are qualified and effective leaders who bring a wealth of experiences and insights to the classroom. This expertise, along with our small class sizes, creates a rich learning environment for our students, who learn to think creatively and work collaboratively as they strive to grow, innovate and discover new capabilities. We connect our students with real-world experiences like internships and study abroad opportunities that allow them to learn both inside and outside the classroom. With these skills and experiences guiding them, our students go on to have successful careers in their field. 

Join our community of dramatic, passionate and powerful performers and scholars. 

If you are looking for a rewarding and exciting education built on personal and professional development, the USD Department of Theatre is the place for you. Real-world experiences, brought to you by our department, prepare you for immediate professional work or graduate studies.


Meet the Department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Theatre. Our faculty are experts in their fields who promote excellence in education, research and service by fostering student engagement and leadership; exploring new questions, techniques and practices in the theatre; and supporting the principles of inclusive excellence by valuing diversity and inclusiveness throughout every sector of the department.
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Raimondo Genna

Chair, Theatre
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Jonathan Allender-Zivic

Associate Professor
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Sabrina Egeland

Costume Shop Manager
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Chaya Gordon-Bland

Associate Professor
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Eric Hagen

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Danielle Heeren

Art/Theatre Senior Secretary
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Cassie Hoppas

Assistant Professor
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Michael Matthys

Assistant Professor
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Scott Mollman

Associate Professor
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Matthew Nesmith

Associate Professor
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Krista Scholten

Theatre Adjunct
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Victor Shonk

Associate Professor
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Joe Stollenwerk

Assistant Professor
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Mollie Young

Theatre Online Adjunct


With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Department Opportunities

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to theatre students, faculty and staff.
Chet Walker, Tony Award-winning choreographer works with USD's master class

Guest Artists

As a theatre student, you'll have access to nationally and internationally recognized Tony Award®-winning choreographers, master puppeteers and cutting edge technicians to present their work, conduct workshops, critique students and facilitate classes. The artists share expertise and provide professional connections for students to access as they begin their careers.

alum success story

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I took courses in all aspects of theatre, in addition to my specialty in lighting design. Due to the holistic approach, I had an expanded portfolio with specialized training in my field of choice and was able to assist in all areas of theatre, from costume design to technical direction. USD's program gave me the tools I needed to be successful right away!

Lucas Granholm

MFA Design Theatre & Technology '14
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Morris
Arden Hills, Minnesota

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