It's your time to SHine

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The Aquinas Theatre Program believes theatre is and has always been a place where communities come together to discuss and embrace who they are. As a program dedicated to Theatre for Social Change, we believe theatre should inspire conversations that persist long after the house lights come up at the end of the show, and we take our role in those conversations seriously.

Our program gives every student a well-rounded theatre education along with the room and mentorship to help you define your own path for the future. We put on four to five fully-mounted shows per year with a focus on plays and musicals that connect to larger conversations in our community. Students are involved at every level of the mainstage production process, and can graduate with practical experience acting, directing, designing, and collaborating alongside students, faculty and local professionals. Students also have the option to produce their own work in our fully outfitted lab theatre.


Explore Theatre at AQ

Career Preparation based on leadership

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Performing Arts Center

We have a unique collaboration with AQ Theatre, Circle Theatre and the League of Catholic High Schools. The only collaboration of its kind in the nation.

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AQ Theatre Season Schedule

The 2023-24 season includes productions of "Failure: A Love Story," "Waiting for Lefty," "Lizzie," "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," and a festival of student-directed one-act plays.

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Inside AQ Theatre

Read, watch, and listen to stories from the AQ Theatre Department featuring students and faculty.


ENCORE: A Student Led Theatre Group

Encore! seeks an enriching partnership with the college and the community by helping to develop the theatre program in various capacities, community outreach, and fundraising, and group enrichment through the fine arts.

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Student Research


Check out the current and past research that Aquinas students do with faculty to further the world's knowledge.Read More about Student Research




  • Stage
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Motion picture
  • Video


  • Direction
  • Technical direction
  • Casting
  • Set design
  • Stage management
  • Production
  • Dialect coaching
  • Dramaturgy
  • Support staff

Behind the Scenes

  • Stage management
  • Stage direction
  • Set design/Construction
  • Costume design
  • Hair/Make-up
  • Special effects
  • Wardrobe
  • Prop management
  • Broadcast technology
  • Rigging
  • Electrical work
  • Carpentry/Scenic artistry


  • Scriptwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Publicity (press agents)
  • Research


  • Producing
  • Management
  • Agents
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Fundraising and development
  • Coordination of volunteers
  • Administration of arts programs
  • Box office sales
  • Promotions
  • Patron services


  • Private instruction
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Self-enrichment teaching

Source: What Can I Do With This Major

Quick Facts: Producers and Directors
2022 Median Pay $85,320 per year
$41.02 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2022 175,300
Job Outlook, 2022-32 7% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2022-32 11,700

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

For more information about what you can do with this major

To make an appointment with Career Services to learn more

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See where past Aquinas College Theatre students have completed internships to get their careers started.

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Advantage Center

The Advantage Center is here to support you as you pursue your goals in your carreer and beyond. Not sure what you want to do after graduation? The Advantage Center Staff can help you discover a path that is right for you.