At Parkside, students can get involved with theater productions right off the bat! You get to work in our beautiful, state-of-the art Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities that features both an 800-seat proscenium theater with an orchestra pit and a flexible 150-seat black box theater. There is a costume shop equipped with dyeing and costume craft facilities, a scenic and prop shop, a student production office for designers and stage managers, and two rehearsal halls. Students also learn within our lighting, sound, and projections lab, as well as in the design and technology classroom. We focus on company-based training to give you a wide breadth of experiences and make you much more marketable after graduation.
Theater arts majors have a 92% placement rate within the theater profession or graduate school. The professional theater experience students receive during their time at Parkside certainly helps! We enjoy a 30-year partnership with the professional Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, where students help with sets, props, painting and load-in for all of their productions. Internship agreements with the American Players Theatre, the Utah Festival Opera, the Pacific Conservatory Theatre and over 80 other professional theaters across the U.S. provide you with additional opportunities. Plus, theater professionals come to campus every year to do mock auditions and interviews with students, all in an effort to prepare you for work in the world of theater.