Suffolk has trained hundreds of gifted storytellers—from successful actors to the producers, designers, directors, and technicians who work magic behind the curtain. Suffolk’s C. Walsh and Modern Theatres are considered Theatre District landmarks, and student productions at these theaters attract citywide attention from the arts community and the media. Our current Distinguished Scholar in Residence is Robert Brustein, founding artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre.

About the Program

The theatre major at Suffolk is immersive. Unlike audition-only majors, our program lets you participate in student productions from day one. In fact, all students are required to perform twice and work twice behind the scenes before graduation. You’ll receive practical training with our on campus professional partners at our renowned Modern Theatre and at local companies. Ultimately, in this hands-on program, you’ll find your voice as an actor, writer, director, or designer.

You’ll receive either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in theatre, depending on your interests. Our areas of focus include:

  • Performance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Directing
  • Playwriting
  • Technical Theatre and Design
  • Stage Management
  • Arts Management

About Our Facilities

We’re home to three extraordinary performing spaces, which also function as your classrooms. In 2010, we reopened the Modern Theatre, originally built in 1914. This historically significant, 185-seat theatre stages well-publicized productions each year, attracting actors from around the world. At 399 seats, the C. Walsh Theatre is our largest space; it’s managed by the Theatre Department and was renovated in 2007. The 50-seat Studio Theatre is our laboratory space, where you’ll take hands-on courses in playwriting, performance, tech, management, and more. In May 2016, we will be moving into new offices in the Sawyer Building which include a brand new Studio Theatre.