Theatre Arts Department

The theatre department is committed to sustaining the tradition of collegiate theatre. We base all of our work on one guiding principle: exploring the truth of the human spirit through the examination and presentation of dramatic work.

Our Productions

We produce a mixture of classics, contemporaries, musicals, original plays, and devised works that provoke thought and conversation about socially relevant issues while education and entertaining our audiences.

Upcoming Performances

Our Connections

Our Alums

Hannah Minshew

BFA in Theatre Performance (’16)

“Westminster doesn't just help you develop your acting or technical skills, they care about you as a whole.”

Currently: Working as a professional actor and attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Accomplishments and Awards: Hannah has performed with several companies across the Salt Lake valley. In the summer of 2016, she travelled to the San Diego Fringe Festival with Company of Cohorts earning the “Best Ensemble” award. She was recently offered spots in the masters programs at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Bistol Old Vic Theatre School, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Allison Dayne Nicole Smith

BFA in Theatre Performance (’16)

“Westminster gave me the opportunity to create and gain a sense of my own artistry.”

Currently: Pursuing an MFA in Performing Arts in Film and Theatre from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Accomplishments and Awards: Allison was accepted into Second City’s comedy studies program while a student at Westminster. She was also awarded the New York Times “Best Spoken Actor” award in a national Shakespeare search competition. She was accepted into one of the top 10 film programs in the country, which she is currently attending.

Westminster Theatre Society

The Westminster Theatre Society is a student organization dedicated to theatre and the people who love it. The Theatre Society provides events and activities for the Westminster community, engages in community service, and creates opportunities for students to learn and grow in the field of theatre. Each May, the Theatre Society produces a student-directed show for the campus community.

  • President: Samantha Miller
  • Vice President: Sam Allen
  • Secretary: Kate Slick
  • Treasurer: Kaitie Smith
  • Historian: Aidan Croft
  • Publicity Directory: Taylor Wallace
  • Technical Chair: Maya Rung

Day in the Life

Two schedules of current students in the theatre program

Third-year student

BFA in Theatre Performance

9–10:00 a.m.
Theatre society meeting

10:00 a.m.–noon
Work at the box office selling tickets to students and community members.

Noon–1:15 p.m.
Go to History of Theatre II where we're studying theatre from its origins to the 18th century.

1:15–2:00 p.m.
Grab lunch in the Shaw Student Center and eat outside in the Commons with friends.

2–4:00 p.m.
Work on passion project—writing, directing, and performing a 10-minute-solo piece—for Acting III.

4–5:00 p.m.
Eat dinner at home to gain some energy before an evening of rehearsals.

5–6:00 p.m.
One-act rehearsal

6–7:00 p.m.
Take a nap or catch up on some homework.

7–10:00 p.m.
Off-campus rehearsal for The Whale at The Hive Theatre Company.

First-year student

Bachelor of Arts (plans to pursue the BFA in technical theatre)

9:00 a.m.–noon
Eat breakfast and work on a budget project for state management class.

Noon–2:00 p.m.
Go to Welcome to Thinking II, an Honors College class where we read, discuss, and write about texts.

2–4:00 p.m.
Practice tolls to being a healthy and happy artist in Performer's Body class.

4–5:00 p.m.
Work for the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

5:00 p.m.
Head to rehearsal at The Grand as the assistant stage manager.

Support Theatre Arts Students

With a growing number of theatre arts majors, an expansion on the existing Jewett Center for the Performing Arts will enlarge the scene and costume shops, drastically increasing the capacity for teaching and production services. The new rehearsal space will accommodate acting classes during the day and production rehearsals in the evenings, leaving the two performance spaces more available for set construction, design, and technology courses. New private practice rooms, shared with the music department, will provide space for acting students to rehearse class assignments and audition materials.

Learn More

Meet the Faculty

Jared Larkin

Jared Larkin

Associate Professor
Spencer Potter

Spencer Potter

Assistant Professor
Nina Vought

Nina Vought

Associate Professor