Chairperson: David MacWilliams, Ph.D. (Program Director: Paul Newman, Ph.D.)
Email: psnewman AT adams DOT edu
Telephone: (719) 587-7862    
Professor(s): Paul Newman, Ph.D., Program Director of Theatre;
John Taylor, Ph.D.   
Assoc. Professor(s): Jenna Neilsen, M.F.A.   
Asst. Professor(s):    
Instructors: James Willis, Jr.   

The Theatre Program at Adams State University is known across the country as an outstanding program that prepares actors, directors, designers, and technicians for graduate schools, teaching, and for the profession itself. The program is housed in one of the premier facilities in the region: a state-of-the-art building, which opened in 2001. This intensive program offers classroom instruction allowing students to engage in all areas of study. A rigorous production schedule, which includes many student-directed productions, allows students to achieve complete performance training throughout their college careers. The program has won numerous awards at the Rocky Mountain Theatre Festival. One of the greatest points of the program is its small class size and personal attention that each student receives.


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Secondary English Licensure
Associate of Arts in Theatre
Minor in Theatre

The minor in theatre arts is offered for those who wish to be more effective in communicating the knowledge of their major. The minor is highly relevant and practical in combination with other majors such as business, government, sociology, English, guidance and counseling, music, journalism, education, speech correction, health, physical education and recreation, and all pre-professional studies. Courses are to be selected in consultation with the program chair.