At Rollins, you’ll learn more than how to play a part on stage—you’ll learn to become an active participant in the world. Recently ranked among the nation’s top BA theatre programs, our curriculum offers rigorous and individualized theatrical training in a dynamic liberal arts environment, where your performances are strengthened with insights from psychology, English, sociology, art, music, and history.

The on-campus Annie Russell Theatre—Florida’s oldest continually operating theatre—is your main stage and primary classroom where you’ll hone your craft in front of a paying audience. You can choose to concentrate in performance, design and technical theatre, directing, musical theatre, or dramaturgy. Along the way, you’ll develop the technical know-how and life skills that will prepare you to create, shape, and share stories of substance and meaning in fields as varied as entertainment and business.

Why Study Theatre Arts at Rollins

  1. The Rooms Where It Happens

    Whether it’s on stage, backstage, in the costume studio, or the scene shop, our state-of-the-art spaces are where stories come to life.

  2. Production Opportunities

    From performing in, directing, and designing for everything from golden-age musicals to student-written pieces, you’ll have many opportunities to hone your craft in front of an audience.

  3. Deeply Connected Learning

    You’ll be invited to jump in and take risks in the classroom, on our stages, with our community partners, and on our international field studies.

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Christopher Fitzgerald ’95

“My adventure in the theater department was a true work-study experience. On one hand I was exposed to all elements of theater: history, stagecraft, directing, acting, all helping to lay a foundation of learning. On the other, I had this unique opportunity to make theater for a paying audience. The chance to create shows and work with vibrant students and professors was an awakening about how theater is made and what it really takes to do it well.”

Christopher Fitzgerald ’95

Broadway Actor, Three-Time Tony Nominee
Waitress, Young Frankenstein, and Wicked

Rollins Theatre Arts Careers

Rollins theatre arts grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative companies.

  • Janis Hirsch

    Janis Hirsch ’72

    Sitcom Writer/Producer, Frasier, Will & Grace, The Nanny

  • Megan Borkes

    Megan Borkes ’10

    Actor, original cast of Tales of Beedle the Bard, Universal Studios

  • Isabella Ward

    Isabella Ward ’15

    Dancer and Actress, National Broadway Tour of Cinderella the Musical

  • Akin Ritchie

    Akin Ritchie ’11

    Resident Lighting Designer, Virginia Arts Festival

  • Michael Schantz

    Michael Schantz ’05

    Actor and Director; Co-Founder, Wheelhouse Theatre Company

  • Kathleen Capdesuñer

    Kathleen Capdesuñer ’17

    Directing Fellow, Roundabout Theatre Company

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to internships, theatre arts students hone their skills in the real world.

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • The Orlando Fringe Theatre Festival
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
  • SAK Comedy Lab
  • Dr. Phillips Center
Four students share lunch on a pool deck at Rollins College.

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A Day in the Life of a Rollins Theatre Arts Major

“Being a theatre major at Rollins is inspiring; every day I am lucky enough to work alongside my closest friends to produce phenomenal shows in the longest-running (and most beautiful) theatre in Central Florida all the while perfecting my craft and growing as an artist.”

Kaitlyn Harrington ’18

Development Assistant, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Virtual Tour: Annie Russell Theatre

Go behind the scenes of the Annie Russell Theatre, and find out what it’s like to perform on its iconic stage.

Beyond the Classroom

Rollins Improv Players Committed to service and entertainment through performance, this on-campus improv troupe engages the Rollins community in challenging, provocative subject matter ripe for discussion and discovery.

International Field Studies Ongoing international experiences at the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic and Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival encourage exposure to different perspectives and approaches.

Theatre and Autism This innovative course created in partnership with OCA, a nonprofit organization for people with special needs, allows you to put your skills to the test in the real world while serving our community.

Expert Faculty

Experts in their field and respected members of the professional theatre community, our group of educators stand ready to make an investment in your development as an artist and a scholar.

Department of Theatre & Dance

Annie Russell Theatre
1000 Holt Ave. – 2735
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2501

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Contact Theatre & Dance Professors

  • Missy Barnes

    Missy Barnes, MFA

    Musical Theatre

    Areas of focus: Musical theatre performance and history, psycho-physical education

  • David Charles

    David Charles, PhD

    Acting, Improvisation

    Areas of focus: Scholarly and performance work in improv and non-scripted theatre

  • Lisa Cody-Rapport

    Lisa Cody-Rapport, MFA

    Costume & Scenic Design

    Areas of focus: Collaborative intersections of art and theatre, particularly in set, costume, makeup, and the fundamentals of design

  • Hilary Cooperman

    Hilary Cooperman, PhD

    Performance Theory & Practice

    Areas of focus: Performance as theory and practice, peacebuilding through theatre

  • Marianne DiQuattro

    Marianne DiQuattro, PhD

    Theater Literature & History

    Areas of focus: Intersection of dramatic literature and phenomenology, theatre and disability

  • Robin Gerchman

    Robin Gerchman

    Director of Dance

    Areas of focus: The interconnectedness of movement with multiple disciplines, aesthetics, criticism, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives

  • Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh

    Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh, PhD

    Theatre History & Criticism

    Areas of focus: Gender and performance, theater history, and script analysis

  • Robert Miller

    Robert Miller, MFA

    Sound Design, Technical Direction

    Areas of focus: Technical direction, sound design, rigging, pneumatics, and structural design for the stage

  • Thomas Ouellette

    Thomas Ouellette, MFA

    Acting, Directing

    Areas of focus: Acting and directing philosophies and approaches

  • Eric Zivot

    Eric Zivot, MFA


    Areas of focus: Voice and speech, movement for the stage, and acting for film