Degree Type Bachelor of Arts
Department Theater, Dance, and Film Studies
Academic Division The College
The theater program at Washington and Lee provides a dynamic introduction to performance, production, history and literature. Through the study of the practice and history of theater, students develop aesthetic appreciation for art and culture, learn flexible problem-solving methods, acquire diverse communication skills and employ creative collaborative processes.

About the Program

The Theater Program is housed within the Department of Theater, Dance and Film Studies at W&L. Students who wish to deepen their understanding or hone their craft can choose to major or minor in theater.

The department produces a number of theatrical events each year, including plays and musicals. Participation in any department production is open to all students at Washington and Lee. Students do not have to be a major or minor to be involved in a show.

Opportunities for Students

Theater productions take place throughout the academic year. Past productions include:

  • 2018-19 “The Cherry Orchard”
  • 2018-19 “Vana, Sona, Marsha and Spike”
  • 2017-18 “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”
  • 2017-18 “James and the Giant Peach”
  • 2016-17 “Sense and Sensibility”
  • 2016-17 “Dracula”

Past productions founded by the Robert O. and Elizabeth M. Bentley Endowment for the Performing Arts include:

  • 2018-19 “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
  • 2017-18 “The Addams Family, a New Musical”
  • 2016-17: “Theory of Relativity”
  • 2015-6: “Legally Blonde”
  • 2014-15: “Monty Python's Spamalot”

The Richard B. Sessoms Fund for Student Experiences helped to support the following opportunities:

  • 2018-19 February Break trip to Washington, D.C.
  • 2017-18 February Break trip to Chicago, Illinois
  • 2016-17 February Break trip to New York, New York

Shawn Paul Evans

Department Head

Melissa Gualtieri

Administrative Assistant

Meet the Faculty

At W&L, students enjoy small classes and close relationships with professors who educate and nurture.