"a play is called a play for a very important reason - a play is play."

The Stanislaus State Department of Theatre is built on the premise stated by the famed English director Peter Brook, "a play is called a play for a very important reason - a play is play." We want our theatre students and the people who attend our theatre to enjoy the process of theatre by reveling in the camaraderie of the ensemble in the production process. Lee Strasberg, when talking about the Group Theatre said, "there will be no stars in our theatre," and that is a guiding principle upon which the Stanislaus State Theatre is built. Our theatre is a collective of the joint efforts of many.

Our campus is an oasis in the middle of the Central Valley of California. With an enrollment of around 9,000 students, the one-on-one opportunities for interaction between faculty and students are ever-present. Nowhere is that truer than in the theatre department. We have a great program with great people, and we hope you will spend some time in our audience, in our classrooms, or on our stage.

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Theatre Under the Stars is student-oriented production. Learning by doing; students have opportunities to work in all aspects of theatre including set construction, sound production, lighting, costumes, and acting. All donations are greatly appreciated.

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Updated: June 17, 2022