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At Webster University’s Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the faculty and staff execute a professional training program for acting, musical theatre, directing, theatre studies and dramaturgy, design, technical theatre, and stage management.

Plus, our Conservatory is associated with professional theatre companies, two of which are on campus: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Explore below to learn more about our sequential and intensive program for training artists for theatre.

Conservatory Season

WebCo proudly announces its 2021–2022 season

Stage performance of Sondheim on Sondheim with several performers

We’re thrilled to bring audiences back into our spaces.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Oct. 1–10
Sondheim on Sondheim Nov. 12–14
The Miraculous Journey of
Edward Tulane
Dec. 3–12
The Learned Ladies Feb. 25–Mar. 6
Burial at Thebes Apr. 1–3
Student Voices Apr. 15–17
Amélie Apr. 22–24

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

By Alice Birch
Emerson Studio Theatre
Oct. 1–10, 2021

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2014. This wildly experimental and inventive play, which centers the fury of modern womanhood, does not behave. Birch puts together a grouping of vignettes that ask how to revolutionize language, relationships, work, and life in general while bursting at the seams of conformity. Conservatory faculty member Joanna Battles directs.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is strictly for mature audiences. The material and language in the play are of a sensitive nature. The play depicts sexual situations and includes mentions of rape, pedophilia, sexual abuse, body objectification, and violence toward women.

Sondheim on Sondheim

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Browning Mainstage Theatre
Nov. 12–14, 2021

An intimate look at one of the most prolific and inventive forces in modern musical history, Sondheim on Sondheim features new arrangements of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved work. Through exclusive interviews, audiences get an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of the famed composer. Tali Allen (Director of Education) and Michael Baxter (Artistic Associate) bring our partners from The Muny to co-direct the production.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Adapted by Dwayne Hartford from Kate DiCamillo’s book
Stage III
Dec. 3–12, 2021

WebCo invites audiences of all ages to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, based on Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful novel. Featuring original accompaniment composed by Webster student Noah Lovins, the play follows Edward Tulane, an expensive toy rabbit made of china, on an adventurous journey that teaches him what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again. Conservatory faculty member Doug Finlayson directs.

The Learned Ladies

By Molière, translated by Richard Wilbur
Emerson Studio Theatre
Feb. 25–March 6, 2022

Molière’s timeless comedy satirizes pseudo-intellectualism and social climbing while celebrating the power of true love to expose and conquer hypocrisy. Wilbur’s “lighter-than-air verse upholds the idiom and letter of Molière,” describes a New York Times critic. The translator’s “rhymed couplets are always crisp and playable.” Guest artist Rebekah Scallet, Producing Artistic Director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre from 2011 to 2020, directs.

Burial at Thebes

By Seamus Heaney
Stage III
April 1–3, 2022

Heaney’s translation of Sophocles’ Antigone, commissioned by Ireland's Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, exposes the darkness and the humanity in the Greek masterpiece, inking it with Heaney’s own modern and masterly touch. Burial at Thebes stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. Senior directing major Kylie Ferguson helms this capstone production.

Student Voices

Emerson Studio Theatre
April 15–17, 2022

WebCo celebrates the unique voices of current students, curating a selection of short, original performance texts. Join us for the world premiere of this collection. Guest artist Kathryn Bentley, associate professor of theater and artistic director of Southern Illinois University’s Black Theatre Workshop, directs.

Amélie

Book by Craig Lucas, music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé
Browning Mainstage Theatre
April 22–24, 2022

Based on the now iconic film, Amélie offers a fresh take on the beloved protagonist, an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. When a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she will have to risk everything and say what is in her heart. Guest artist Wendy Renée Greenwood — a seasoned theatre educator, actor, director, stage manager, props designer, and playwright — directs.

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Each season, Webster has multiple productions. Select a season below to view its photos:

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2009-10 Season Photos:

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2008-09 Season Photos:

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2007-08 Season Photos:

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2006-07 Season Photos:

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2005-06 Season Photos:

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  • The Spirit is Willing
  • Our Country's Good
  • Bye Bye Birdie
  • The Memory of Water
  • A New Brain
  • String of Pearls
  • The Man Who Came To Dinner

2004-05 Season Photos:

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  • Red Ink
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • The Lucky Chance
  • Ruthless! The Musical
  • A Piece of My Heart
  • Blythe Spirit
  • Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune (capstone)
  • Scotland Road (capstone)
  • Into the Woods

2003-04 Season Photos:

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  • Twenty and Two
  • Summer and Smoke
  • Rdgers and Hart: A Celebration
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Lysistrata
  • Loot
  • Woyzeck (capstone)
  • Nine

2002-03 Season Photos:

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  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • An Evening of One Acts 2002
  • Pippin
  • Violet
  • The Laramie Project
  • On the Verge
  • As Bees in Honey Drown (capstoned)
  • Two Rockin' Gents

2001-02 Season Photos:

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  • Ten Little Indians
  • 42nd Street
  • 5th of July
  • Blood Wedding
  • Lucky Stiff
  • Heartbreak House
  • The Shape of Things (capstone)

2000-01 Season Photos:

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  • Female Transport
  • Company
  • As You Like It
  • Hedda Gabler
  • You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
  • The Women

1999-00 Season Photos:

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  • Collette Collage
  • Caucasian Chalk Circle
  • Picnic
  • School for Scandal
  • And Evening of One Acts 2000
  • Guys and Dolls

1998-99 Season Photos:

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  • Gemini
  • Grand Hotel
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • The Cherry Orchard
  • Cole
  • Macbeth

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

To complete a minor in theatre, students must take a minimum of 18 credit hours from the courses below. All credit must be completed at Webster. Courses to fulfill a requirement for any major cannot also be used to fulfill a requirement for the minor in theatre.

Theatre Courses

  • THEA 1050 Theatre Appreciation (3 hours) — GCP Arts Appreciation/Written Communication
  • THEA 1080 Studio Acting (3 hours) — GCP Arts Appreciation/Oral Communications
  • THEA 2100 Introduction to Theatre Design (3 hours)
  • THEA 2030 History of Theatre: Greeks to Elizabethan — GCP Roots of Culture/Written Communication
  • THEA 2040 History of Theatre: Restoration to 1915 (3 hours) — GCP Roots of Culture/Written Communication
  • THEA 2050 History of Theatre: 1915 to Present — GCP Roots of Culture/Written Communication
  • THEA 2060 Introduction to Dramaturgy and Play Analysis — GCP Arts Appreciation/Written Communication
  • THEA 2080 Studio Acting II (3 hours) — GCP Arts Appreciation/Oral Communications
  • THEA 3040 Topics in Theatre (3 hours) Repeatable with different titles
  • THEA 3070 Creative Dramatics: Social Issues (3 hours)
  • THEA 4060 Advanced Dramaturgy Seminar (3 hours)
  • MUTH 1030 History of American Musical Theatre (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4150 Shakespeare (3 hours)

Additional Information

Minor in Theatre

Theatre Minor Advisor — Doug Finlayson, finlaydo@webster.edu

Apply to Webster's Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts

All future Webster Conservatory students follow a three-step process. (Note: The Conservatory does not require a video or prescreening.)

1: Apply to Webster

Application may be made through our website at webster.edu/apply, or you may apply through Common App or COALITION App.

After applying, you will receive email with a form link.

2: Submit Form and Fee

Use link in email to submit the Fine and Performing Arts Student Assessment Request Form and $30 fee for the Conservatory. You will be contacted by Patti Baygents with next step information to schedule a date and time for your review or interview.

3: Schedule Audition/Interview

To schedule your audition or interview at Webster, please go to Webster's Conservatory Auditions.

(Note: Acceptd does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview.)

If you have any questions regarding the Conservatory or the audition or review process, please contact Patti Baygents, Audition Coordinator for the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, at pbaygents80@webster.edu or 314-246-4216.

Use of Acceptd is not required to be admitted to the program and does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview.

The Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts is working in association with the online digital audition/portfolio company Acceptd. The use of Acceptd allows students to submit perusal materials to Webster and other programs. Although we view all postings to the Acceptd site, students interested in the Conservatory must schedule an official Webster audition or interview for the program to which they are applying. Acceptd does not take the place of a Conservatory audition or interview.

To schedule your audition or interview at Webster, please go to Webster's Conservatory Auditions page.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Sondheim on Sondheim

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Urinetown: The Musical

Mac Beth

Water by the Spoonful

Deadly

The Living

Canfield Drive

Picnic


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“I feel very lucky to be even attending this school. It’s an honor to be a recipient of the Webster University Endowed Theatre Scholarship and be able to keep living out my dreams.”

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