The New Mexico State University Theatre Department has designed a major and minor with strong emphases in acting, musical theatre, new works, and design/technical theatre. The program prepares students for graduate study or a life in the theatre profession. Students gain practical experience through a wide array of courses designed to expose them to the varied aspects and positions involved in theatrical production. The faculty is augmented by nationally-renowned theatre artists-in-residence and visiting guests.

As well as taking all required classes for your declared major, you can have an emphasis. We offer an emphasis in acting, musical theatre, costuming, scenic, lighting, sound, directing, playwriting, and stage management!

If you are interested in learning more about a certain emphasis and what classes (outside of the required courses) are offered to cater to your passion, please refer to the list of corresponding professors below!


Acting Emphasis:

– Wil Kilroy,

– Claudia Billings,


Musical Theatre Emphasis:

– Wil Kilroy,

– Lisa Hermanson,


Costuming Emphasis:

– Deb Brunson,

-Tamara Carruthers,


Scenic Emphasis:

– Jim Billings,


Lighting/Sound Emphasis:

– Jim Wilkinson,


Directing Emphasis:

– Larissa Lury,

– Nichole Hamilton,


Playwriting Emphasis:

– Dr. William Storm,


Stage Managing Emphasis:

– Mike Wise,




See the list of major & minor requirements HERE

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