The College was founded in 1911, but its history began in 1909 when Wesleyan University announced that it would no longer offer admission to women. At that time, more women than ever were seeking higher education and demanding the right to vote. A committee was formed and towns across the state of Connecticut began offering prospective sites.
Members of the Theater Department faculty are graduates or past faculty of nationally acclaimed drama programs, including those of Yale, Tufts and Columbia. With their extensive career experience, our professors are well-positioned to help students take their first steps in professional theater, often with internships at theaters in nearby New York City or elsewhere throughout the country. The founding partner of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center near campus, the College continues to collaborate on NTI’s curriculum and programs such as Theatermakers Summer Intensive.
In contrast to more traditional undergraduate theater programs, Connecticut College’s curriculum, Connections, challenges students to interpret why and how material from the past can speak to us. Leading by example, our professors and visiting artists demonstrate that theater continues to fulfill its role as a vibrant force for change, today and tomorrow.