The University of Maine at Farmington Theatre program provides opportunities for students to learn their craft through work on actual productions, whether as actors, directors, or part of the technical crew.

Those experiences, combined with courses in performance, theory and criticism, prepare students for graduate studies and to become professional theater artists and life-long learners in the arts community.

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    UMF Instructor of Theater / Director of Emery Community Arts Ctr Jayne Decker directing students during rehearsal.
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    Theatre UMF, the long-running student theater club, presents a recent production in UMF's Alumni Theater, one of two designated theater performance spaces on campus.
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    The black box-style UMF Alumni Theater, one of two designated theater spaces on campus.
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    The innovative black box-style allows for multiple "theater-in-the-round" staging arrangements. Something not often found on college campuses.
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    A recent student production in UMF's Alumni Theater, one of two designated theater performance spaces on campus.
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    The Sandy River Players is a community theater organization that often showcases UMF students in its plays and musicals. It's a wonderful town / college collaboration.
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    A recent Theatre UMF student production in UMF's Alumni Theater, one of two designated theater performance spaces on campus.
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    Each year students present their creative work to the campus and public during Arts Night(s), an event run in conjunction with UMF's annual Symposium Day.
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    This Arts Night performance was presented in UMF's Emery Community Arts Center, which opened in 2011.
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    UMF students prepare for the zombie apocalypse ...
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    ... part of a theater class featuring students from academic disciplines across campus.
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    Working in small teams students, write, direct, act, shoot and produce their own zombie short films.

As an embodiment of our departmental name — Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry — the bachelor’s degree in Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) fosters inquiry into the ideas, processes, and meanings of the arts.

At the heart of the VAPA degree are the three Project courses. The gateway into the program is Project 1, a course where all arts majors work with faculty to pursue a topic, idea, or project, with each student making a unique contribution to the collective vision.

In Project 2, sophomores and juniors work together on a project connected to the community for public presentation, largely independent from faculty.

Project 3, the culmination of the degree, is a thesis paper, artistic project, or internship, providing seniors with a launching pad for their career after UMF.

Here, you will choose a concentration in a specific area — Art and Visual Culture, Arts Administration, Music, or Theatre —and you will be encouraged, through coursework and creative projects, to engage in discussion, study, and collaboration with students and faculty across all disciplines, thereby challenging the boundaries that have traditionally separated us.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

SPV 150A Introduction to Live/Performance Art
THE 115A Improvisation: As Acting Technique
THE 122A Introduction to Scenic and Lighting Design
THE 212A Play Structure and Analysis
THE 252A Directing Contemporary Theatre
THE 278A Commedia dell’arte