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,
  • Megan Borkes

    Megan Borkes ’10

    Actor, original cast of
  • Self portrait of Isabella Ward.

    Isabella Ward ’15

    Dancer and Actress, National Broadway Tour of
  • Akin Ritchie

    Akin Ritchie ’11

    Technical Director at The Zeiders American Dream Theater, and Freelance Lighting Designer
  • Michael Schantz

    Michael Schantz ’05

    Actor and Director; Co-Founder, Wheelhouse Theatre Company
  • Self portrait of Kathleen Capdesuñer

    Kathleen Capdesuñer ’17

    Lead Producer, Grassroots Pro-Choice Theatre Initiative

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
Professor and students in a class discussion at a Rollins outdoor classroom

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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.

Theatre professor David Charles directing students in a Shakespeare production.

Keep Exploring

Get a sneak peek at your Rollins Life by taking a deep dive into the past, present, and future of theatre on America’s most beautiful campus.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Tiedtke Theatre & Dance Centre.

Sneak Peek: Tiedtke Theatre & Dance Centre

A behind-the-scenes first look at how the new Tiedtke Theatre & Dance Centre will further strengthen Rollins’ role as a leader in performing arts education.

From top left: Wyatt Deihl ’21, Giovanni Figueiredo ’21, Raul Tavarez Ramirez ’21, Molly von Eschenbach ’21, and Madison Spence ’21.

Off and Running

One year after crossing the commencement stage at Rollins, these five Class of 2021 graduates are already establishing themselves as up-and-coming leaders in their respective fields.

A graphic announcing the Annie Russell Theatre's 90th season featuring A Doll's House pt. 2,Water by the Spoonful, As You Like It, and Into the Woods

Annie Russell Theatre Celebrates 90th Season

Celebrating 90 years of performance and theater education, the Annie announces its 2022-23 season with a showstopper lineup.

Albrecht ’76 Honored as a University of Miami Distinguished Alumni

Composer and musician Sally Albrecht ’76 has been recognized for an extraordinary career spanning more than four decades.

Isabella Ward ’15 as Tere in Steven Spielberg’s recent remake of West Side Story, dancing center screen.

What It’s Like to … Perform on the Silver Screen

Isabella Ward ’15 recently made her big-screen debut in the Golden Globe-winning West Side Story revival, and now she’s reflecting on her path to the spotlight.

Rendering of Rollins’ Tiedtke Theatre & Dance Centre

First Look: Tiedtke Theatre & Dance Centre

Rollins breaks ground in November on a new theater and dance center, further cementing the College’s role as a leader in performing arts education.

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

Visit the Department of Theatre & Dance Website

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

  • Marianne DiQuattro

    Marianne DiQuattro, PhD

    Theater Literature & History, Associate Professor

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

  • Robin Gerchman

    Robin Gerchman

    Director of Dance, Professor

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

  • 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

Rollins College students enjoying lunch by the Lakeside pool.

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