Program Facts

  • GU Theatre and Communication Arts Facts

    • Gannon’s Schuster Theatre has the distinction of being one of only a few “teaching theatres” in the region.
    • Students can achieve prominent roles in theatre productions as early as freshman year. Theatre and communication arts students can also take part in the “Shakespeare Summer Nights” production, held annually.
    • Theatre and communication arts students have access to upgraded digital equipment in our audio production studio, media center/ TV studio, and multimedia studio. Students use the latest industry standard software, including Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash and more.  
    • Gannon alumni from the theatre and communication arts program work in locations such as New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington, D.C. and Erie.
    • Students can find practicum experiences and internships at local professional theatres, TV affiliates, radio stations, cable outlets, New media and nonprofit organizations.

    Major Facts

    • Employment projections for positions in theatre and communications arts through the year 2014 are expected to continue increasing.

    About the Program

    •  Theatre and communication arts students receive hands-on experience with publication through their work on The Gannon Knight, the University’s nationally recognized student newspaper, and edge the online magazine.
    • Theatre and communication arts students participate as on air performers, news directors, managers and producers for 90.5 WERG, the University owned 3000-watt radio and streaming (www.wergfm.com) media station.
    • Theatre and communication arts students participate in the preproduction and production process of the technical side of the Schuster Theatre main stage. Lighting, sound design, set construction, scenic painting and graphic design are integral elements for a large scale theatrical program.
    • Alpha Psi Omega (National Dramatic Honors Society) is an active and vibrant production group on campus.
    • Theatre and communication arts students are eligible to participate in more than fifty separate theatrical events each academic year, including mainstage productions, student written/directed plays, experimental and improvisational performances, and even community art projects (flash mobs, for example!).