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It’s no act: Centenary’s Theatre Arts program will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a professional environment right here on campus.

Centenary University is the home of Centenary Stage Company, a professional equity theatre group. Our Theatre students receive professional training in theatre arts, design and theatre management, and they perform in the Carol and David Lackland Center, the premier performing arts venue in northwest New Jersey.

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Centenary Stage Company

In the Carol and David Lackland Center, the premier performing arts venue in northwest New Jersey.

Our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Arts program combines performance studies with a broad-based liberal arts curriculum. Our Theatre Arts students graduate uniquely prepared for careers in the theatre by pursuing one or more pre-professional concentrations in:

  • Costume Design
  • Dance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Performance Studies
  • Production Management
  • Technical Theatre

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A Unique Opportunity

Centenary’s Theatre program is run under the direction of Carl Wallnau, who also serves as artistic director of the Centenary Stage Company. This unique relationship means our students can:

  • Participate in acting, technical theatre, dance and theatre production activities through Centenary Stage.
  • Join the Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) program and earn credits toward acceptance into the Actors Equity Association, the professional union of actors.
  • Take advantage of the state-of-the-art Lackland Center. Opened in 2010, the center includes a 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater), a black box theatre (The Edith Bolte Kutz ’42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, costume shop, green room and dressing rooms.

Our proximity to New York brings working actors, professional designers, directors and theatre artists on campus. By observing the work ethic of these performers and developing a network, students get a step ahead in their theatre careers. Students can also take advantage of internships and professional development opportunities in New York, the theatre capital of the world.

A minor is available in Theatre Arts for interested students in other programs.

Ready for Your Career

Although much of our Theatre program mirrors the intensity of a conservatory program, our liberal arts emphasis ensures you will graduate with a broad-range of skills. In fact, many of our students double major, minor in other areas, study abroad, and experience all aspects of what college has to offer.