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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have as a major or minor in theater studies.


Stage Experience  

Every other year, students in theater studies spend two semesters producing a world premiere documentary theater piece. Previous works have explored the transgender community at Mills and in Oakland. Students participate in the following ways:

  • Selecting the topic
  • Interviewing subjects
  • Transcribing and editing interviews
  • Writing the script
  • Performing the created piece

Senior Thesis
Majors create or find a theatrical work that they design, direct, and perform. Previous thesis projects have included a Samuel Beckett play and Miss Julie by August Strindberg.

Renovated Theater Facility

Beginning in fall 2018, theater students at Mills will practice their craft in the newly renovated Lisser Hall, a historic Spanish colonial revival building at the center of campus. Shared with the Dance Department, Lisser Hall features:

  • A flexible performance space that can be configured like a proscenium theater or a black box theater, with as many as 277 seats
  • An intimate digital performance theater
  • State-of-the-art lighting, sound booth, and Internet-enabled audiovisual equipment

The Bay Area Theater Community  
Mills College’s location at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area gives you access to one of the largest theater centers in the United States. Nine Bay Area counties are home to more than 400 theater companies, which premier some 200 new plays every year. This environment gives you an opportunity to engage with theater of all sorts, from Shakespeare to experimental, genre-crossing performances.
What Can I Do with a Theater Studies Degree from Mills?

Theater studies majors acquire a diverse skill set—creative thinking and writing, collaboration, problem-solving, leadership—that are valuable assets in varied careers. In recent years, theater graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:


Professor and Program Director of Digital Filmmaking
Champlain College

Director of Development and Communications
San Francisco Girls Chorus

Program Officer
ServeWyoming

Film and Theater Professor
Shasta College

Senior Officer
Global Fund for Women

Actor and Teacher
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

Manager of Brand Content and Engagement Strategy
Seventh Generation

Assistant Director
Shotgun Players