Degree Type Bachelor of Arts
Department Theater, Dance, and Film Studies
Academic Division The College
Offerings Major Minor
Through the study of the practice and history of theater, students develop aesthetic appreciation for art and culture, learn flexible problem-solving methods, acquire diverse communication skills and employ creative collaborative processes.


The Theater Program is housed within the Department of Theater, Dance and Film Studies at W&L. Students who wish to deepen their understanding or hone their craft can choose to major or minor in theater.

The department produces a number of theatrical events each year, including plays and musicals. Participation in any department production is open to all students at Washington and Lee. Students do not have to be a major or minor to be involved in a show.


Theater productions take place throughout the academic year. Past productions include:

  • 2018-19 “The Cherry Orchard”
  • 2018-19 “Vana, Sona, Marsha and Spike”
  • 2017-18 “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”
  • 2017-18 “James and the Giant Peach”
  • 2016-17 “Sense and Sensibility”
  • 2016-17 “Dracula”

Past productions founded by the Robert O. and Elizabeth M. Bentley Endowment for the Performing Arts include:

  • 2018-19 “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
  • 2017-18 “The Addams Family, a New Musical”
  • 2016-17: “Theory of Relativity”
  • 2015-6: “Legally Blonde”
  • 2014-15: “Monty Python's Spamalot”

The Richard B. Sessoms Fund for Student Experiences helped to support the following opportunities:

  • 2018-19 February Break trip to Washington, D.C.
  • 2017-18 February Break trip to Chicago, Illinois
  • 2016-17 February Break trip to New York, New York

Jenefer Davies

Department Head

Sophia Kocevar

Administrative Assistant


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