Nazareth’s theatre arts major hones students’ talents and prepares them for a life in the arts. Every day in classrooms, rehearsal halls, and studio settings, our theatre arts students are trained to reach new depths and use their talents to move audiences.
Students must study a variety of areas in theatre—from technical and design courses to acting and directing. These courses offer a thorough grounding in the history of theatre and the various philosophies behind theatre works, as well as the ability to analyze plays for production. Students may specialize to a limited degree in these areas and concentrate in some areas to a limited extent (such as acting, technical theatre, design, or history).
Education: B.F.A., Shandong College of Arts, China (Acting); M.F.A., University of Arizona (Costume Design)
Teaching and Artistic Interests: During her 20+ years teaching here, Professor Zhao designed costumes or supervised student costume designers for more than 60 productions. She also designed for Geva Theatre Center, Rochester City Ballet, and other local theatres. Before coming to the US, she taught acting and makeup at Shandong College of Arts and starred in movies, TV movies, and hosted many TV programs.
"No matter where my path takes me, it all started for me the moment I walked into the spotlight at Naz. The theatre program has given me so much — an appreciation for every area of production, an amazing support system of professional artists, and countless memories that I will forever cherish."