Get Ready to Perform, Design, and Construct Your Next Performance 

At Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the faculty and staff execute a professional training program for acting, musical theatre, directing, theatre studies and dramaturgy, design, technical theatre, and stage management. 

Plus, our Conservatory is associated with professional theatre companies, two of which are on campus: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Explore below to learn more about our sequential and intensive program for training artists for theatre.

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Conservatory Season

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WebCo proudly announces its 2021-2022 season. We’re thrilled to bring audiences back into our spaces. Please check back for updates on protocols for audiences and box office information.

2021-2022

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
By Alice Birch
Emerson Studio Theatre
Oct. 1–10, 2021

Sondheim on Sondheim
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Browning Mainstage Theatre
Nov. 12–14, 2021

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Adapted by Dwayne Hartford from Kate DiCamillo’s book
Stage III
Dec. 3–12, 2021

The Learned Ladies
By Molière, translated by Richard Wilbur
Emerson Studio Theatre
Feb. 25–March 6, 2022

Burial at Thebes
By Seamus Heaney
Stage III
April 1–3, 2022

Student Voices
Emerson Studio Theatre
April 15–17, 2022

Amélie
Book by Craig Lucas, music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé
Browning Mainstage Theatre
April 29–May 1, 2022

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Photo by Eric Woolsey

Our Partners and History

For more information about the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts, see who we've partnered with, the amazing talent that has worked on and off our stage and where all of our work takes place.

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*For production photos before 2006-07, please visit our archive.

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

To complete a minor in theatre, students must take a minimum of 18 credit hours from the courses below. All credit must be completed at Webster. Courses to fulfill a requirement for any major cannot also be used to fulfill a requirement for the minor in theatre.

Theatre Courses

THEA 1050 Theatre Appreciation (3 hours) - GCP Arts Appreciation/Written Communication

THEA 1080 Studio Acting (3 hours) - GCP Arts Appreciation/Oral Communications

THEA 2100 Introduction to Theatre Design (3 hours)

THEA 2030 History of Theatre: Greeks to Elizabethan- GCP Roots of Culture/Written Communication

THEA 2040 History of Theatre: Restoration to 1915 (3 hours) - GCP Roots of Culture/Written Communication

THEA 2050 History of Theatre: 1915 to Present - GCP Roots of Culture/Written Communication

THEA 2060 Introduction to Dramaturgy and Play Analysis - GCP Arts Appreciation/Written Communication

THEA 2080 Studio Acting II (3 hours) - GCP Arts Appreciation/Oral Communications

THEA 3040 Topics in Theatre (3 hours) Repeatable with different titles

THEA 3070 Creative Dramatics: Social Issues (3 hours)

THEA 4060 Advanced Dramaturgy Seminar (3 hours)

MUTH 1030 History of American Musical Theatre (3 hours)

ENGL 4150 Shakespeare (3 hours)

Additional Information

Minor in Theatre

Theatre Minor Advisor - Doug Finlayson, finlaydo@webster.edu

 

How to Apply

Students seeking an audition for Acting, Directing or Musical Theatre: The first step is to apply to Webster University. Application may be made through our website at webster.edu/apply, or you may apply through Common App or the COALITION App
 
Following submission of the application, you will receive an email with the link to submit the Fine and Performing Arts Student Assessment Request Form and $30 fee for the Conservatory. You will be contacted by Patti Baygents, Audition Coordinator for the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, with next step information regarding how to schedule a date and time for your review or interview.

If you have any questions regarding the Conservatory or the audition or review process, please contact Patti Baygents, Audition Coordinator, at pbaygents80@webster.edu or 314-246-4216.

Use of Acceptd is not required to be admitted to the program and does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview.

The Conservatory of Theatre Arts is working in association with the online digital audition/portfolio company Acceptd. The use of Acceptd allows students to submit perusal materials to Webster and other programs. Although we view all postings to the Acceptd site, students interested in the Conservatory must schedule an official Webster audition or interview for the program to which they are applying. Acceptd does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview. 

To schedule your audition or interview at Webster, please go to https://webster.edu/conservatory/conservatory-auditions.php page.

• Use of Acceptd is not required to be admitted to the program

• The Conservatory does not require a video or prescreening 

• Use of Acceptd does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview

The first step for Production majors is to apply to Webster University. The first step is to apply to Webster University. Application may be made through our website at webster.edu/apply, or you may apply through Common App or the COALITION App.

Following submission of the application, you will receive an email with the link to submit the Fine and Performing Arts Student Assessment Request Form and $30 fee for the Conservatory. You will be contacted by Patti Baygents, Audition Coordinator for the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, with next step information regarding how to schedule a date and time for your review or interview.

If you have any questions regarding the Conservatory or the audition or review process, please contact Patti Baygents, Audition Coordinator, at pbaygents80@webster.edu or 314-246-4216.

Use of Acceptd is not required to be admitted to the program and does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview.

The Conservatory of Theatre Arts is working in association with the online digital audition/portfolio company Acceptd. The use of Acceptd allows students to submit perusal materials to Webster and other programs. Although we view all postings to the Acceptd site, students interested in the Conservatory must schedule an official Webster audition or interview for the program to which they are applying. Acceptd does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview. 

To schedule your audition or interview at Webster, please go to https://webster.edu/conservatory/conservatory-auditions.php page.

• Use of Acceptd is not required to be admitted to the program

• The Conservatory does not require a video or prescreening 

• Use of Acceptd does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview