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About the Theatre Arts Program

The Theatre Arts program is dedicated to creating the academic and artistic contexts that help you master various aspects of theatrical work, investigate how theatre impacts and is informed by culture and community, and cultivate healthy habits that facilitate powerful theatre work. When you graduate, you will be prepared for entry into graduate studies or professional work.

The Theatre Arts program offers a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree with an emphasis in performance or production and design, a bachelor of arts (BA) in theatre, and a theatre minor.


Productions

The Theatre Arts program produces 4 productions a year, the One-Act Festival, and the Classical Greek Theatre Festival. All productions provide opportunities onstage and offstage for theatre arts majors, minors, and the Westminster community.

Each production season consists of a mix of classic and contemporary plays, musicals, original plays, and devised works that provoke thought and conversation about socially relevant issues while educating and entertaining audiences.

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Partnering and Affiliated Companies

Great Salt Lake Fringe

The Great Salt Lake Fringe (GSLF) Festival was founded by Theatre Arts program faculty Michael and Nina Vought and is a member of the U.S. Association of Fringe Festivals. GSLF provides opportunities for experimental theatre and subject matter, with Westminster alumni and students regularly serving as key staff members and volunteers in addition to regularly presenting or premiering their original works at GSLF. To date, the festivals have paid out over $50,000 to 300+ artists, employed 100+ young people as staff and volunteers, and presented the world premiere of 50+ original productions.

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Pinnacle Acting Company

The Great Salt Lake Fringe (GSLF) Festival was founded by Theatre Arts program faculty Michael and Nina Vought and is a member of the U.S. Association of Fringe Festivals. GSLF provides opportunities for experimental theatre and subject matter, with Westminster alumni and students regularly serving as key staff members and volunteers in addition to regularly presenting or premiering their original works at GSLF. To date, the festivals have paid out over $50,000 to 300+ artists, employed 100+ young people as staff and volunteers, and presented the world premiere of 50+ original productions.

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Classical Greek Theatre Festival

The Classical Greek Theatre Festival is an annual theatrical event at Westminster created to introduce and sustain the appreciation of ancient Greek theatre throughout Utah communities and campuses. Theatre program students regularly perform, design, build, and stage manage for the festival.

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Get Involved

Auditions

Auditions for the new academic year are held the week prior to the start of fall semester. Casting priority goes to theatre arts majors, but all Westminster students are welcome to audition. Incoming students will be contacted by the program with information to prepare for auditions. Current non-majors who are interested in auditioning and would like information about upcoming or available opportunities can email Jared Larkin (jlarkin@westminstercollege.edu), head of acting.

Work Behind the Scenes

It takes a large team to make Westminster productions happen. On average, for every actor onstage, there are at least 5 technicians who worked behind the scenes. Behind the scenes opportunities include carpentry, welding, scenic painting, sewing, and some run crew opportunities. Students interested in volunteering behind the scenes can email Spencer Potter (spotter@westminstercollege.edu), head of production and design.

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

StateraArts

StateraArts is an arts organization whose mission is to uplift, amplify, and advance women (including anyone on the gender spectrum who always or some of the time identifies as a woman) and non-binary people in the arts. StateraArts offers student memberships to the organization and holds annual and regional events.

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USITT and USITT Intermountain Desert Region

The Intermountain Desert Region section of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) hosts programing, professional development, and networking events throughout Utah and Nevada for students, faculty, and professionals. Students can join USITT and the regional section (USITT IDR) through a discounted membership.

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Connect on Social Media

Facebook Group: Westminster Theatre Majors, Minors, and Friends
Facebook Page: Westminster College Performing Arts
Instagram: @wcperformingarts


Student Resources

Student Tickets for Local Theatre

There are numerous local professional theatre companies, including some of the region’s premier companies. Many have discount program and ticket packages for college students, including:

Scholarships

The Theatre Arts program also offers talent-based scholarships to incoming students interested in majoring in theatre. An audition or interview is required for consideration.

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Student Spotlight

Maya Rung Theatre Arts

Maya Rung

Maya Rung’s ('22) favorite thing about Westminster’s Theatre Arts program is that students don’t just attend lectures to be told about their chosen field of study, they get to create theoretical designs, stage-manage shows, create scenery and costumes, and more, learning through experience. Maya is working towards the bachelor of fine arts degree, pursuing the production and design emphasis and working towards earning an Honors certificate. In her free time, Maya enjoys painting, spending time in the commons with my friends, knitting, and exploring the local area.

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Evan Leeds Theatre Arts

Evan Leeds

Evan Leeds ('21) came to Westminster to pursue the bachelor of arts degree with an informal emphasis in directing as well as an Honors certificate. Their favorite part of pursuing the program here is that Westminster has allowed them to make valuable connections with people who have a willingness to work hard to create the shows on campus. Evan’s favorite class, Devised Theatre, helped them realize the importance of this devotion and the importance of collaboration for the field. In their free time, Evan loves to spend time in the Jewett Center and attend ASW events. Evan has also had time to pursue work independently, recently directing a show for Sasquatch Theatre Company in December 2019.

Alumni Spotlight

Alec Kalled Theatre Arts

Alec Kalled

At Westminster, Alec Kalled ('17) completed a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in performance. Originally from Wolfeboro, NH, Alec moved to Salt Lake City to pursue his degree and work regionally. Now, Alec is a graduate teaching assistant at Florida Atlantic University where he is pursuing a master of fine arts in acting, anticipating graduation in August 2020 when he hopes to continue pursuing a career in acting while developing skills in coaching and academia.

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Suni Gigliotti Theatre Arts

Suni Gigliotti

Suni Gigliotti ('16) came to Westminster to pursue a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in performance. Now, she is working as a professional actor and has performed with various theatre companies across the valley as well as gained TV and film talent representation through TMG, a local Utah talent agency. Suni has also continued her professional development by getting certified as an actor combatant in multiple weapons and unarmed combat through Dueling Arts International and the Society of American Fight Directors. When she isn’t acting, Suni has dialect coached, directed, fight directed, and produced professionally in the area, and she also participates in a collaborative, narrative storytelling Dungeons and Dragons podcast.


Support Theatre Arts Students

Florence J. Gillmor Hall, an expansion to the existing Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, will transform the experience of performing and fine arts students with enhanced classroom, rehearsal, and performance spaces. To better serve the growing number of theatre arts majors, the expansion will include:

  • Enlarged scene and costume shops which will increase the capacity for production services and teaching
  • A new rehearsal space which will accommodate acting classes during the day and production rehearsals in the evenings, leaving performance spaces more available for set construction, design, and technology courses.
  • New private practice rooms, shared with the music department, which will provide space for acting students to rehearse class assignments and audition materials.
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Meet the Faculty

Jared Larkin

Jared Larkin

Associate Professor
Spencer Potter

Spencer Potter

Assistant Professor
Michael Vought

Michael Vought

Professor
Nina Vought

Nina Vought

Associate Professor
Andrea Davenport

Andrea Davenport

Costume Shop Manager & Designer
Spencer Brown

Spencer Brown

Technical Director
Emilio Casillas

Emilio Casillas

Performing Arts Production Assistant
Mark Fossen

Mark Fossen

Adjunct Professor
Melanie Nelson

Melanie Nelson

Core Adjunt Professor