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Theater Arts Resources: Theater@Duquesne

Actors: From the Duquesne University Red Masquers' 2017-18 production of Macbeth

Image: From the Duquesne University Red Masquers' 2017-18 production of Macbeth

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The Duquesne University Red Masquers is proud to lay claim to being the oldest amateur theatre company in the city of Pittsburgh. Known as the Red Masquers since 1914, the group traces its roots back to the late 1800s when Duquesne first started to offer an education in dramatics.The group is made up of quite an amalgam of Duquesne University students from all majors. Membership is open to all students in good academic standing and, whether you want to get up in stage or not, the Masquers has something for everyone. Click on the logo for more information.

Studying Theater Arts at Duquesne


As an undergraduate student pursuing a major or minor in theater arts degree at Duquesne, you’ll enjoy a number of distinctive benefits:

  • A holistic, liberal arts approach to the study of theater. This means you’ll get a well-rounded education in the many aspects of theater, from studying the literature of the plays themselves, to developing skills needed both backstage in production and on stage as an actor.
  • A supportive learning environment that includes small classes, one-on-one mentoring and the chance to work on independent projects.
  • The opportunity to get involved in student productions of the Red Masquers, Spotlight Musical Theater and the Medieval and Renaissance Players—starting your freshman year! The Summer Company, Exhalations Dance Troupe and Encore Show Choir provide additional campus performance opportunities.
  • Theater arts students can develop their performance or behind-the-scenes skills in a new Black Box Theater that opened in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Theater Internships

Duquesne’s academic program in theater arts is enhanced by real-world working opportunities with off-campus professional companies and unions. Students can apply for prearranged internships with organizations such as:

  • Pittsburgh Public Theater
  • City Theater
  • Quantum Theater
  • Gemini Children’s Theater
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

Please contact Career Services for more information.

Careers in Theater Arts

The Theater Arts degree allows students to examine and experience the relationship between drama as literary artifact and drama as performance.

Students gain knowledge and skills in the craft of presenting plays with particular emphasis on interpretation of drama and its place within culture. In addition to the intellectual abilities developed as in all liberal arts programs, students also have the opportunity to work with the technical side of dramatic presentation.

Learn about different Theater Arts career fields.

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Pittsburgh Filmmakers offers courses to students during the fall, spring and summer terms. An Application for Approval of Study with the Pittsburgh Filmmakers must be completed by the student prior to taking the course(s).Students must maintain full-time status and all tuition and fees for these courses must be paid by the student to Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Click on the logo for more information. For more information and permission, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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This student-run organization has been a part of the Duquesne family for over 15 years, providing students of all majors with the opportunity to perform on stage and share their talents with Duquesne and the surrounding community.

Spotlight was specifically created to produce musical theatre productions; both cabaret performances, as well as full scale musicals. Membership to the group is open to any student with an interest in musical theatre, and auditions are required for those who wish to perform in productions.

For more information, please contact

Medieval & Renaissance Players

Child winner of the Autumfest Costume Contest pictured with members of DMRP

The formation of the Players was a direct result of the desire of several members of the Duquesne University English Department (primarily Dr. Anne Brannen, Dr. Jay Keenan, and Ph.D. candidate Michelle Butler) to participate in the 1998 PLS York Cycle by producing one of the York Cycle plays. The DMRP produced and performed medieval and Renaissance drama.

The purpose of the Duquesne Medieval and Renaissance Players was to stage productions of Medieval and Renaissance drama as a means of research to better understand how Medieval and Renaissance drama function within a larger social context. In this effort, they joined an international interest in the reconstruction and understanding of early drama.