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USC School of Theatre

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Tony Award-winning composer and faculty member Jason Robert Brown accompanies acting students Geoff Lind and Jessica Wheeler as they perform selections from Brown’s musical “Songs from a New World.”

One of the premier theatre schools in the United States, the USC School of Theatre provides the necessary education and training for graduates to excel in the professional theatre and related fields. Theatre also provides an ideal foundation to a liberal education that prepares students for a wide range of career interests. The school promotes and supports innovative and flexible ways to achieve students’ educational and professional goals.

Theatre is both a collaborative endeavor and a universal means of communication. The school educates students in the history of theatre, while preparing them to add to that history, to use their talents, skill and imagination to explore the limitless possibilities the art of theatre offers.

The USC School of Theatre is significantly enhanced by its location in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. Theatre professionals frequently teach seminars, mentor students and participate in School of Theatre productions.

Graduates of the school work professionally in all aspects of theatre, film and television. The school’s performance and design faculty are dynamic teachers who also regularly work in the theatre and entertainment industry.

The breadth of learning opportunities offered at the school prepares students for the spectrum of careers in the professional theatre, including performance, production, management and teaching. The School of Theatre also strives to instill confidence, integrity, excellence and artistic sensitivity into each of its students -- traits that are essential to success in any field.

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Madeline Puzo, Dean

Sharon M. Carnicke, Ph.D., Associate Dean

John R. Rowe, Associate Dean


Professors: Sharon M. Carnicke, Ph.D.; Velina Hasu Houston, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Margo Apostolos, Ph.D.; Meiling Cheng, D.F.A.; Don Llewellyn, Jr., M.F.A.; Ritchie Spencer, M.F.A.; James D. Wilson, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor: Oliver Mayer, M.F.A.

Senior Lecturers: Paul Backer, M.F.A.; Brent Blair, M.A.; Alicia Grosso, M.F.A.; Duncan Mahoney; John (Jack) R. Rowe; Lora Zane, M.F.A.

Lecturers: Charlotte Cornwell; Kathleen Cowan-Gale, M.F.A.; Joseph Hacker; Eric Trules

Adjunct Professors: Corbett Barklie; Elizabeth Bell-Haynes; John (Eddie) Bledsoe; D’Shaun Booker; Jason Robert Brown; Anne Burk; Kevin Carlisle; Frank Catalano; Stacie Chaiken; Paula Cizmar; Madeleine Dahm; Anita Dashiell-Sparks; Debra Deliso; Kathleen Dunn; Barry Edelsiein; Jeff Flowers; Jay Fuentes; Parmer Fuller; Rafael Garcia; Mitch Gill; Kevin Goold; Takeshi Hamagaki; Jeanne Heileman; Elizabeth Hogan; Paula Holt; Michael Keenan; Mary Klinger; Esther Kim Lee; Joey Letteri; Gates McFadden; Marilyn McIntyre; Brian Nelson; Lindsey Nelson; Yael Parades; Jaqueline Pavlich; Lewis Segal; Stephanie Shroyer; Nausica Stergiou; Kelly Ward; Julie Welch; Regina Williams

Emeritus Professors: John E. Blankenchip, M.F.A.; Eve Roberts; Robert R. Scales, Ph.D.; Herbert Shore, Ph.D.