University of Akron Theatre Arts Program

UA Theatre Arts News

The Comedy of Errors auditions and Shakespeare Boot-Camp Workshop

Open to UA students & greater Akron area actors!

Sept. 21 & 22 with FREE audition prep workshop, Shakespeare Boot-Camp Sept. 17 & 20

Audition & Workshop Information

University of Akron Theatre Fall Courses

Students perform devised theatre work at KC/ACTF, receive national award 

An ensemble of student actors, under the leadership of James Slowiak, UA Theatre Faculty, performed a devised theatre work at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January 2015. Their work received the award of Oustanding Devised Performance! Over the years, UA highlights from KC/ACTF include: 

2015 Awards

  • Ensemble Excellence for Outstanding Devised Performance
  • Certificate of Merit for Ensemble in Godspell 

Past Highlights 

  • Festival Production Winesburg, Ohio by Jim Slowiak, et al. (2004) 
  • Festival Production & Certificate of Merit for Ensemble in The Bacchae (2012)
  • Certificate of Merit for Ensemble in Great God Brown (2011)

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UA Theatre Guild produces an evening of short plays and improv

Our UA students are Making Theatre Work! In Spring 2015, the UA Theatre Guild produced an evening of FREE short plays and comedic improv. Here are a few pictures - on stage and from the tech booth - from their event, Theatre Guild Showcase!

Theatre Arts Program Performances

School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration Performance Schedule

University of Akron Theatre Arts Program Performances

Current Performance Season


University of Akron Theatre Alumni

The Spotlight of Success

Graduates of the UA Theatre Arts Program can be found successfully putting their degree to work in the arts and cultural arena, as well as business, education, and social services. Feel free to explore our UA Theatre Arts alumni spotlights.

Alumni of UA Theatre Arts

Faculty and Students

Congratulations to UA Theatre Arts faculty, James Slowiak

When James Slowiak, UA Theatre Arts Faculty, is off-campus, he continues producing theatre as Co-Artistic Director of the New World Performance Laboratory (NWPL)! In Spring 2015, James and NWPL received a $15,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support the development of a new theatre work, "The Devil's Milk Trilogy."

Read Knight Foundation Blog

Theatre Arts Faculty Bios

Visit the NWPL Website

UA Theatre Guild - Student Theatre Organization (Club)

Theatre Guild 2014

Meets Thursdays in Guzzetta Hall

Meetings are held in the Main Atrium (Lounge) of Guzzetta Hall at 3:30 PM. All UA students are welcome!

The UA Theatre Guide supports, creates, produces annual events, including student-led productions, comedic improv, and more.

2014/2015 Student Officers

Alyssa Whiddon - President
Charlie Leopold - Vice President
David Cranston - Treasurer  
Sadielyn Fiedler - Secretary