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Founded in 1973 under the vision and leadership of then-Dean Richard G. Fallon, the School of Theatre enjoys a national reputation, in large part, because of the excellence of its undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a gifted faculty of nationally recognized professional artists/educators. For 39 years, the School of Theatre has been providing outstanding programs for its students in Tallahassee, Sarasota, and around the world.

The London Theatre Studies program, the chance to work side by side with guest artists and eminent scholars, and showcase opportunities in New York City are just a few of many reasons why students are attracted to our various professional and academic degrees from all over the United States, many foreign countries, and every county in Florida.

Alumni of the School of Theatre can be seen and found working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Touring Companies, Performing Arts Centers, Television, Film, and Universities around the United States and the world. Alumni include Academy Award-winner Alan Ball, Broadway star Davis Gaines, television producer Steven Sears, Emmy award-winner John Papsidera, Broadway producers Dan Markley and Darren Bagert, and a host of talented entertainment industry professionals. Through their creative work, research, publication, and service, School of Theatre alumni contribute to the commercial, educational, and cultural life of the citizens of Florida and the nation.