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.

You’ll hone your craft in our state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, which include the Annie Russell Theatre—Florida’s oldest continually operating theatre— and the stunning new Tiedtke Theatre and Dance Centre, which brings together a neighborhood of theatre and dance spaces and features a blackbox theatre at its core. When you study theatre at Rollins, you 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. Learn more about careers in theatre.

  • Self portrait of Janis Hirsch

    Janis Hirsch ’72

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

  • Self portrait of Megan Borkes

    Megan Borkes ’10

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

  • Self portrait of Isabella Ward.

    Isabella Ward ’15

    Dancer and Actress, National Broadway Tour of ”Cinderella the Musical”

  • Self portrait of Akin Ritchie

    Akin Ritchie ’11

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

  • Self portrait of 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

HR Operations Specialist, AdventHealth

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.

Final dance number of The Prom at Rollins College

The Making of a Musical

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Prom reveals the transformative impact of purpose-built spaces that empower our students to shine.

Charles Publishes New Book on Improv

Theatre professor David Charles has published The Improv Dictionary, a book on improvisational approaches and concepts.

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.

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

  • 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

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  • Allison Crutchfield

    Allison Crutchfield


    Areas of focus: costume design and production

  • 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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