Students have the opportunity to study performance, design and theatre technology, theatre history, and dramatic literature.

As a theatre major or minor, you become part of a vibrant theatrical community. Our courses integrate body, mind and spirit as you interpret dramatic literature, explore theatre history, and create theatrical productions.

You’ll learn from professors globally acclaimed for their expertise in theatre across world cultures. The department produces four major productions every year, and co-produces a dynamic season of student-generated performance, all in our state-of-the-art facility. 

Studying theatre at Pomona equips you for a wide range of careers in the professional and/or academic theatre. It also equips you with valuable creative, analytical, and collaborative skills to tackle complex problems in the non-theatrical workplace. 

  • The House of the Spirits Interview
    Interview with Theatre Majors Leandra Vargas and Meghan Gwinn, actors in "The House of the Spirits."
  • Interview with Carolyn Ratteray, Director of "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
    Interview with Visiting Professor Carolyn Ratteray
  • Scene from “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”
    Scene from “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”
  • Scene from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”
    Scene from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”
  • Majors at Pomona: Theatre
    Prof. James Taylor discusses why you should study theatre at Pomona.
  • Actors in make-up before a play
    Actors in make-up before a play
  • In mime class with Professor Thomas Lebhart
    In mime class with Professor Thomas Lebhart
  • Scene from the world premiere of “Kitimat”
    Scene from the world premiere of “Kitimat”

What You'll Study

  • Performance, design, theatre technology, and movement
  • Theatre history and dramatic literature
  • Theatre as community engagement
  • Production crew opportunities
  • Senior exercise: a written thesis or a creative project
Average number of students from across the 5Cs who participate in some way - classes or productions - each year

Performing at Pomona

  • Harrison Goodall
    The Choreopoltiics of Liberation and Decolonization

    Harrison Goodall '16 examined the ways in which dance has been used to rebel against gender and sexual norms and advocate for social change over the course of history, specifically focusing on the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. 

  • Uncle Vanya
    Becoming Astrov in "Uncle Vanya": Oliver Shirley ‘15

    For his senior thesis, Oliver thoroughly researched and wrote a biography of Astrov, the character he would play in a fall production of "Uncle Vanya".

  • King Edqux
    “Space Ranting”: King-Edqux Robinson ’15

    For his senior thesis, King-Edqux created a hip-hop musical incorporating poetic verse and dance to showcase the struggles and complexities of identity development in college.

  • 10 Minute Plays: Profits
    10-Minute Play Productions

    Each year during Family Weekend, students produce, direct, and act in five plays written by Claremont Colleges’ faculty, staff and students around a common theme.

  • Matthew O'Connor
    "Learning from Leaders in My Life”: Matthew O’Connor ’15

    For his senior thesis, Matthew looked to the role models and experiences that helped him develop into the man he is today, bringing this theme to the stage.

Oliver Shirley
Oliver Shirley ‘15

The wonderful thing about live performance is that it’s different every night, which keeps it fresh. The work never stops.

Faculty & Teaching

The welcoming professors of the Theatre Department are committed to offering the highest levels of professional training within the context of a liberal arts tradition to the many students who pass through Seaver Theatre, taking classes or participating in a production as majors, minors, or just theatre enthusiasts.

James Taylor

Studying theatre is a powerful synthesis of specialized knowledge and broader knowledge, which is important. You become proficient in expression in the short-term, and prepared for learning and practice in the art for a lifetime.