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College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete

Degree Type: Undergraduate

Doane University’s Theatre Department is where dreams become reality, magic comes to life, and artists are born. We empower students, training them in all areas of theatre, shaping adaptable, multi-faceted and resourceful artists prepared for long-lasting careers in the arts.

The Theatre Department provides students with a variety of theatrical experiences, both academic and co-curricular to form a personal perspective of the dramatic arts. All seniors will create and complete a senior project in any area of their discipline. If a student is interested in teaching, Doane University Teacher Guarantee ensures that our graduates will meet or exceed a school district’s expectations - if not, we will provide further training at no additional cost.

Students are able to participate in up to four (4) Main Stage productions a year (2 per semester), as well as numerous studio productions. 

Program Information

Career Paths

Students will learn skills, and have the opportunity to design, act, direct or assist with: 

  • Scenery
  • Lighting
  • Costumes
  • Props
  • Sound 
  • Public Relations 
  • Stage Management 
  • Makeup and Special Fx
  • House Management 
Faculty & Staff
Joel Egger, Associate Professor

Joel Egger - Associate Professor

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Jeff Stander, Professor

Jeff Stander - Professor

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Rob McKercher, Professor

Rob McKercher - Professor

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Shandi Walnofer, Assist Professor of Practice/Theatre Costume Specialist

Shandi Walnofer - Assist Professor of Practice/Theatre Costume Specialist

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Emphasis Areas
  • General
  • Teaching

De'Andre Miller

Filmmaking, class of 2019
It’s an environment that you can grow in and be comfortable in even if you're far away from home.
De'Andre Miller
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Theatre majors have the opportunity to intern with professional companies, studying current trends and gaining hands-on experience in the workplace. Recently, our students have interned with organizations such as:

  • Black Hills Playhouse - Black Hills, SD
  • Class Act Community Playhouse - Woodland Hills, CA
  • Hope Summer Repertory Theatre - Holland, MI
  • Missoula Children's Theatre - Missoula, MT
  • North Dakota Shakespeare - Grand Forks, ND
  • Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
  • Trinity Repertory Company - Providence, RI

Student Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega is a national honorary organization that recognizes outstanding leadership and commitment to the theatre. Members are selected on a point system based upon their theatre participation.

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Student Organizations

Doane Players

Doane Players promotes the Art of Theatre on the Crete Campus, and within the Crete community. This social-and-service organization advocates theatre as a personal and community experience. Players promotes the highest of theatre standards; striving for diversity and inclusion, and encouraging creative expression.

American Idiot

Student Organizations

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Doane University Student Chapter

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) - Doane University Student Chapter (henceforth referred to as Doane USITT chapter in this document) is a professional development organization on the Crete campus of Doane University that promotes the art and profession of technical theatre on campus, in the Crete community and the professional industry.

Mother Courage

Student Organizations

Absolutely Unprepared Improv Team

Absolutely Unprepared Improv Team is a student-run improv comedy troupe, and their purpose is to share smiles and work on individual and group comedic and improvisational skills through practice and performance.

The Flick

The Doane Difference

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An Award-Winning Department

With over 70 regional and national awards since 2006, the talent in Doane University’s Theatre Department is both seen and heard. This program meshes passion, talent and determination to propel students forward in the art world.

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Opportunities Outside the Classroom

By completing internships, traveling to regional and national conferences, and taking regular trips to major cities, such as New York City, Chicago, or London, the Doane Theatre program values real-world experiences as a part of education.

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Work with Talented Artists

Being a part of Doane University’s Theatre Department means working with talented artists, such as professional writers and directors, whose theatrical credits include 37 Broadway productions and the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Career Information

An image of characters Puck and Oberon from Doane Theatre's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in September 2023. The two characters, Puck in a pink skirt and floral corset with crimped brown hair and Oberon in a white tshirt and black vest studded with buttons and pins and long blonde hair, give each other a fist bump. The two stand in front of a neon purple set, with bouldering handholds leading up to a doorway in a wall.

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