About the Department of Theatre

Exterior view of the building where the Department of Theatre is housed.UAB Department of Theatre
Alys Stephens Center
1200 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294
(205) 934-3236
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Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Department of Theatre at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is dedicated to developing the next generation of actors, set designers, and performers. With the expertise of 14 full-time faculty members and 4 full-time professional production specialists, the department offers:

A Vibrant Theatre Community

The Department of Theatre is located in the Magic City: Birmingham -- Alabama’s largest city and home to nationally-recognized dining and world-class attractions. Birmingham’s various theatrical venues such as the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center and the Alabama Theatre attract major concert and theatre tours. And local theatres in the Birmingham area range from small community theatres to professional companies that hire and produce year-round.

Quick Facts

  • Winner of top awards in the Kennedy Center / American College Theatre Festival
  • More than 50 courses in theatre and related topics
  • State-of-the-art production and performance venues in the Alys Stephens Center for Performing Arts
  • Award-winning professional faculty
  • 12-station computer lab with cutting-edge industry software and hardware
  • Commitment to presenting relevant and provocative works of theatre

Performing On-Campus and Around the State

The department funds 5 fully-mounted productions each year and supports 4 touring companies who perform throughout Alabama. In addition, the department also produces short films, student showcases, and directing projects.

Since 1971, the department has produced more than 200 full-length productions and, with very rare exceptions, our plays are cast entirely from the student body. Students who demonstrate exceptional ability are frequently allowed to design and even direct our main-season productions. Our Festivals of Ten-Minute Plays, for example, are almost entirely written, designed, managed, performed, and directed by our students.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.