Theatre Program

The Arkansas Tech University Theatre program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with Theatre Option.  This BA is a full 33-hour major to prepare students for a variety of careers including professional theatre, educational theatre, or other performance-related careers.  In 2019, the Program added an additional film emphasis.

For more information on the courses included in the program, please see the following resources: Undergraduate Course Catalog2019-2020 Degree Map - Bachelor of Arts in Communication with Theatre Option.


2019-20 Theatre Productions

The Techionery Theatre is located on the Arkansas Tech University at 1502 N. El Paso.  It is located across from Baz-Tech and Nutt Hall, next to the Young Building.  The theatre shares a building with the museum but is accessed from the door.

All tickets are sold at the door, cash or check only.  Student pricing available for most shows.

As of March 13 at 5:00 pm, Arkansas Tech University is cancelling extracurricular activities as part of the University's response to COVID-19.  The March 13th and March 14th performances of "The Pillowman" have been cancelled.  The performances will be rescheduled if possible.  More details will be posted as they become available.


A Taste of Buffalo

October 24-26 | 7:00 PM
October 27 | 2:00 PM

Techionery Theatre | $12

An original musical about U.S. cities and the meaning of progress, written and directed by ATU professors David J. Eshelman and Timothy Smith.

 Digital Filmmaking Event

November 15-16 | 8:00 PM

Techionery Theatre | $4

A showing of short films created by Arkansas Tech students.

 The Pillowman 
by Martin McDonagh

March 12| 8:00 PM

Techionery Theatre | $8

This play, directed by ATU students Chloe Charton and Faith Spencer, is a dark meditation on the relationship between imagination and crime.

The March 13 and 14 showings of this play have been cancelled due to the campus response to COVID-19.  We will reschedule if possible.  More details will be posted as they become available. 


April 17-18 | 8:00 PM

Techionery Theatre | $8

Short plays chosen and directed by ATU students.

Past Productions Photo Archive


Arkansas Radio Theatre

The Arkansas Radio Theatre is dedicated to audio-only productions of new plays and adaptations of classic literature.  It operates in association with the Arkansas Tech University Department of Communication and Journalism.  Performances showcase Arkansas Tech University actors, directors, and writers.  The Radio Theatre is unusual, if not unique, among U.S. institutions of higher learning. To learn more or listen to the archive visit the program's web page.

 Arkansas Radio Theatre


Auditions & Announcements

For more information about the auditions, contact Dr. Eshelman, Director of the Theatre program.







Arkansas Tech Theatre is supported by the College of Arts & Humanities.  While this funding covers productions, we depend on donors to support the ATU Theatre Foundation Fund.  This account serves the Theatre Program by allowing for large-scale purchases, student events, and travel to conferences and competitions. 


 Dr. Ardith Morris

Dr. Ardith A. Morris,

Retired Professor and Honorary Chairperson of Fundraising, ATU Theatre





Dr. David Eshelman 
(479) 498-6058