Theatre Arts

Areas of Study

Program Features

  • Professional Resident Faculty
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival Participation
  • Yearly New York City Showcase, "WCSU Off-Broadway"
  • Children's Theatre and Community Outreach Programs
  • Workshops with N.Y. Stage, TV and Film Professionals
  • Internships possible with New York City and Connecticut Regional and Professional theatres.

New Visual and Performing Arts Center

This stunning new facility is home to a 350-seat theater, a 125-seat studio theatre, a 350-seat concert hall, an art gallery, a recording studio and state-of-the-art rehearsal, classroom and studio art facilities.

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Theatre Arts Faculty

Pam McDaniel
Professor, Chair


Pam McDaniel is a professor for acting, directing, and play production and chair of the WCSU theatre arts program. During her time at Western she has directed main stage productions of Major Barbara, Sweeney Todd, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, City of Angels, Cabaret, The Cherry Orchard, Nine, The Full Monty, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Kiss Me Kate. She also directed Two Nights Near Doolin, a play written by Western professor Louisa Burns-Bisogno. Her production of The Cherry Orchard received a Merit award as Outstanding Associate Production for the Region 1, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Through the support of a President’s Initiative Fund Grant she adapted and directed a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Ives Summer Fine Arts series, which ran both summers of 2008 and 2009, and Reynard the Fox in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, she adapted and directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Ives Family Series, and in 2011, she created an original piece, The Will of Love, which was performed as WCSU’s New York Show. Prior to coming to WCSU, she produced and directed extensively in San Francisco and Dallas/Ft. Worth. She was a co-founder and artistic director of the San Francisco’s Annual Working Women Festival spotlighting outstanding female theatre artists and she has worked with new plays for the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her M.F.A in Directing is from the University of Texas-Austin with additional study at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville and NYC casting with Daniel Swee at Theatre Communication Group.

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