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:

Performance and Theatre Studies

Design and Technical Theatre

Our curriculum integrates practical and technical coursework with performance and production opportunities, and with the study of theatre history, theory, and dramatic literature, producing deeper thinkers and more 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. We welcome first­-years, transfers and beginners. All roles are open.

Welcome Daniel Larlham

Daniel Larlham, Theatre ProgramPerforming Arts welcomes new full-time theatre visiting professor Daniel Larlham.

Daniel 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. Daniel has taught acting, comedy, voice, and Collegiate Seminar, and directed Lysistrata, Twelfth Night, and The Good Person of Setzuan at Saint Mary's College.  In Spring 2020, he will direct School for Lies, adapted from Molières The Misanthrope.