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Now is the time to let your passion shine!

Welcome to Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program. This is an opportunity to declare yourself a performer – both academically and on stage. We provide the instruction from leading professionals in the industry and you provide the talent.

Why Choose Us

Academic Distinction

Study under industry professionals in both theory and in-practice courses designed to prepare for post graduation careers in a variety of fields.

Creative Freedom

Explore all elements of the theatre and partake in performance, playwriting, directing and so much more.

Individual Attention

Staff and faculty focus on your growth as performer and guide you during your academic career.

Emerging Technology

Learn to perform, direct and create at the brand new, state of the arts Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center; includes two large studios for television, video and film production, as well as industry-standard post-production facilities, screening venues and multimedia classrooms.

Industry Integration

Prepare for a flourishing career in the arts by taking advantage of relationships we have with theatres and related businesses. Past internships include the 5th Avenue Theatre, AKA NYC and Connecticut Children’s Theatre.

Dedicated Facilities

With use of the 776-seat Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, the 70-seat black box style Little Theatre, motion capture studio television studios, students will learn a myriad of performance styles.

Theatre Arts Major

The Theatre Arts major at Sacred Heart University combines both theory and practice courses to prepare students for a thriving career in the arts or in a variety of other fields. The flexible 36-credit course focuses on strong academics while ensuring students experience theatre in an interactive, hands-on way. SHU is conveniently located between New York City, the home of Broadway and world-class theatre, and Boston, a bustling city with a flourishing theatre community. The Theatre Arts major provides ample opportunities for students to perform in the six fully produced shows that are created each year. Professionals from the industry guide our students to guarantee they are learning high-quality, real-world skills. With two tracks, Musical Theatre and Acting, Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts major is a fresh approach to the world of theatre.

Musical Theatre and Acting

The power of musical theatre and acting is its ability to create a seamless world between the characters on stage and the audience. It can take a heartfelt moment or the most mundane of thoughts and expound on its commonality through music, lyrics or dialogue. Students master song, acting and movement in this all-encompassing major. Our varied show choices, both straight plays and musicals, offer many opportunities for students to explore and grow.

The Princeton Review

For more than 35 years, students and families have trusted The Princeton Review to help them get into their dream schools. We are proud to be a 2017 recipient of the The Princeton Review, top 20 best colleges in the United States for theatre programs.

For more than 35 years, students and families have trusted The Princeton Review to help them get into their dream schools. We are proud to be a 2017 recipient of the The Princeton Review, top 20 best colleges in the United States for theatre programs.

Student Spotlights

Sacred Heart University Theatre | New Works
Sacred Heart University Theatre Arts Program
Welcome to Theatre Arts at SHU!
Are You Ready?
TAP Reflections
One Program. Endless Growth
“In the Heights” Puerto Rico Fundraiser
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Faculty & Staff


Let your passion shine!

Please contact us for more information on the Theatre Arts Program at Sacred Heart University.


TAP is the greatest program I joined in college! This largely growing group became my family and home away from home. From learning many new skillsets, having access to professional opportunities, creating meaningful productions, to just spending endless nights in the theatre, this program truly shaped me into the person I am today.

Whitney B. Class of 2019

There is something special to be said about the Theater Arts Program. During my time here as a member, I was able to discover aspects of myself that could have only been incubated and grown through the challenging shows, supportive staff, and stimulating classes.

Henley S. Class of 2019

After four years, I can say that this program gave me the best real-life experience. Working with tech and stage managing shows, I learned and developed skills, such as organization and time management, that I would not have been able to do anywhere else… all while working on amazing shows with even more amazing people.

Kalliopi G. Class of 2019

I was the kid who didn’t say two words my first semester. Senior year I won the “Taper of the Year” award, given to the student who most exemplifies what the program is about. Anything is possible. TAP has given so many opportunities to grow, not just a performer, but as a person as well. You don’t need to be the star on stage to have an impact. You have 4 years, take advantage of every opportunity that is given to you.

Kevin C. Class of 2019

The Theatre Arts program at Sacred Heart University cultivated a deep love and respect for the theatre. The program is comprised of dedicated, passionate, and talented individuals working in tandem to create something meaningful on and off the stage. I’m extremely grateful to all the professors and members of the program for granting me with the perfect environment to learn and grow in. My closest and most special friends are those I studied and performed with during my four years in the theatre arts program, and I don’t suspect that will change anytime soon.

Zach L. Class of 2018

In addition to performing, I wanted to explore the "behind-the-scenes" action. Through this program, I have had the opportunity to work with professional stagehands on a variety of different events. I've learned so much in such a short amount of time that it sometimes seems unreal. In addition to great opportunities, both on stage and behind the scenes, the program is full of amazing people who are not only supportive and entertaining, but who will inspire you and push you to work harder.

Alexandra K. Class of 2017

Since my freshman year, I've had the opportunity to be a part of 5 main stage productions, 6 separate TheatreFest shows, and a spot in SHU's own Improv troupe, "The Awkward Handshakes!" The program gives students the remarkable ability to explore their interests and talents, whether that may be acting, backstage tech, directing, writing, or stage management. And if you have any questions, or want to see real life applications of such skills, the theatre program gives its members the extraordinary ability to meet and speak with experts in the field from around the country. I can't count the amount of memories this program has given me!

John C. Class of 2015

One of the best things is how many opportunities you get to showcase your skills in ways you may have never had the chance to in the past. Before I came to Sacred Heart, I kept my writing mostly to myself. When I heard about Theaterfest over the summer, I decided that I would write a play to submit to it. I did so, submitted it, casted it, and went to the read-through round. It didn't make it thorough, but it did give me a chance to showcase my skills to a larger audience. A lot of people reacted positively to the show, and I felt I had gained a sort of artistic respect that I hadn't achieved in any other parts of my life. It helped me feel more welcome among my peers, and I'm thankful for that.

Edward F. Class of 2018

I have had opportunities to be involved both backstage and onstage. My proudest accomplishment is just recently in being a part of such an incredibly talented cast for the show, The Fantasticks. I am so proud to be in this show and have improved and grown so much as an actress throughout the rehearsal process.

Lindsey M. Class of 2017

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Break a leg tonight, shutheatrearts! #openingnight #shutheatrearts ...

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Welcome to Falsettoland! 🎟Tickets are going fast...
Performance Dates:
October 24 - October 27
October 31 - November 3
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Lil Red clearly didn’t get the memo ... on Wednesdays, we wear pink! #SHU’s pre-fall program Behind the Curtain took a trip to see #MeanGirls on Broadway today!
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Thank you to everyone that voted for “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” for Broadway World's "Best Ensemble Performance in a Play.” 🎭 We are so proud of the cast and crew of this incredible production! Congratulations! 🎉 #SHUtheatrearts #play #thelaramieprojecttenyearslater #ItsStillHappening #sacredheartuniversity #broadwayworld #SHUnation #gopios #rollneers ...

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Who run the world?? 👑

Rehearsals are underway for our all-female production of Richard III. “The king's name is the tower of strength.” Not all kings are men. Link in Bio! #WomenRule #shutheatrearts
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When your fantastic shutheatrearts program gets a handwritten letter from the incomparable #LinManuelMiranda ... #Casual #WeAreSHU #InTheHeights #SHUTheatreArts #SacredHeartUniversity #WhatIsLife ...

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She is the most beautiful friend of mine both inside and out!! 💕 love you so much Allie!! #TAPmas #shutheatrearts #senioryear ...

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Thank you so much Eddie Foy III for coming to SHU and taking time to talk with us about what it is like in the entertainment industry and for providing us with so much important and interesting information that we will carry with us!! I will never forget what you said about how important it is to have passion and to always be passionate in everything we do!!! I am so happy that I got to meet you today!!! 😊 #shutheatrearts #thebestinthebusiness shutheatrearts ...

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I am so thankful for my theatre family at SHU!!!! I love all of you more than anything!! Thank you for this award it makes me smile and very happy!!!!! 😊😊 ❤️❤️ #shutheatrearts ...

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In collaboration with Connecticut Children’s Theatre, Sacred Heart University Theatre Arts Program students perform Pinocchio for local school children at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. #shutheatrearts #WeAreSHU ...

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Just some of the greatest people I know!!!! 😊 love you guys!! #TAP #shutheatrearts ...

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It’s a wrap for our first National Playwright Competition winner, brieleftwich! The reading was funny and the talkback so insightful. We love encouraging young voices!

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#SHUTheatreArts opened its production of #AvenueQ tonight in The Little Theatre. Check out this hilarious* musical running 7/13-15, 20-22, and 27-29 at 8:00pm and Sundays, 7/16, 23, and 30 at 3:00pm. *Not for the little ones.

#WeAreSHU #SHU #SacredHeARTUniversity

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And that's a wrap! So proud of everyone who has been part of the "Working" progress. I had such an amazing time. I love you all so much and I'm going to miss this show like crazy 😘#shutheatrearts ...

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