Theatre Program

From Shakespeare to Sondheim, from "In the Heights," to "...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi" we stage productions that challenge our performers, thrill audiences and showcase the brilliance of our faculty, and we have the national honors to prove it.

The Theatre Program at Saint Mary’s provides conservatory-caliber training in a uniquely student-centered Liberal Arts setting.

We believe that the theatre is a force that can wake us up and spark ethical action in the world.Through theatre training - whether as actors, directors, designers, playwrights, technicians, or stage managers – we can find greater freedom, generosity, and courage, in our creative work and in our relationships with others.

The Saint Mary’s Theatre Program is a close-knit community, fostering a collaborative (not competitive) environment; yet we are located within striking distance of the Bay Area’s vibrant performance scene. Thus we offer the best of both worlds: individualized attention and mentoring, alongside unique opportunities to engage with working professionals. Our students are challenged, and inspired, by an array of master classes, guest speakers, theatre-going excursions, internships, and more.

The Theatre Program offers two separate degree tracks:

Our curriculum integrates practical and technical coursework with performance and production opportunities, and with the study of theatre history, theory, and dramatic literature, producing deep thinkers and dynamic theatre-makers.


No audition is required to major or minor in Theatre at Saint Mary’s College. Auditions are required for most productions. The Saint Mary’s Theatre Program practices culturally inclusive casting, and we welcome first­-years, transfers and beginners in our productions. All roles are open.

Welcome Daniel Larlham

Performing Arts welcomes Daniel Larlham, 2019-20 Visiting Professor in Theatre.

Larlham is a performance-maker and scholar with a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from New York University’s graduate acting program. He taught for five years at Yale University's Theater Studies Program. At Saint Mary's (2014-17), Daniel taught acting, comedy, voice, and Collegiate Seminar, and directed Lysistrata, Twelfth Night, and The Good Person of Setzuan. In Spring 2020, he will direct School for Lies, a zany update on Molière's The Misanthrope.