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Student Opportunities

New Play Initiative

Carthage Theatre is committed to creating exciting, compelling new theatre works. Since 2008, Carthage Theatre has commissioned playwrights of prominence from around the country and the world to create original plays and work closely with our students to bring them to life. These works are written especially for our department and receive their world premieres here at Carthage. Learn more about Carthage’s New Play Initiative.


Carthage theatre students are encouraged to pursue internships with regional theatres to gain valuable professional experience and establish a network of contacts. In recent years, students have interned with the Chicago Children’s TheatreGoodman TheatreMilwaukee Repertory TheaterPeninsula Players, and Northwestern University’s Cherubs Program. Their responsibilities have included stage management tasks, production management tasks, casting assistance, and acting. Academic credit may be earned. Students looking for internship opportunities can contact Theatre Department faculty and Carthage’s Career Services office.

J-Term & Travel Opportunities

J-Term is a special month-long period of study in January in which Carthage students take innovative courses on campus or participate in study tours to other states or countries. The Carthage Theatre Department has offered trips through J-Term to Greece, Ireland and Berlin, among other destinations. Students and faculty also travel to see some of America’s best regional theatre, and attend the acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, every fall. Learn more about J-Term and travel opportunities.


Admitted students intending to major or minor in theatre, performance, or technical theatre production and design are strongly encouraged to audition for a Carthage Theatre Scholarship.

Main Stage and Studio Productions

Carthage theatre students are involved in every aspect of production of four Main Stage shows and two dance concerts a year. Student directors stage two to three full-length productions a year in the 80-seat Studio Theatre. Learn more about the current season.

Visiting Artists and Professionals

Carthage works with Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-winning playwrights, set designers, directors and more. Learn more about the professionals who visit Carthage


Due to Carthage’s location between Milwaukee and Chicago, there are a plethora of theatre resources in those two cities and in between. Learn more about local theatre resources.


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