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Communication & Theatre

The art and science of sharing ideas in fresh and creative ways.

Students who study in DePauw’s Communication and Theatre Department learn myriad ways to convey ideas and impart information – and their futures promise even more avenues of expression. Whether they envision a career on a theatre’s stage or a legislature’s dais, speaking into a hidden lavalier or a handheld microphone emblazoned with the network’s call letters, students can find their communication niche at DePauw.

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Indiana University, University of Chicago, Ohio State University, Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, Purdue University, Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, Colorado Technical University, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, University of London, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Career Options

Newspaper reporter, Attorney, TV producer, Actor, Human resources practitioner, Event planner, Marketing professional, Public relations practitioner, Community organizer, Speechwriter, Broadcast journalist Fundraiser, Activist Sportscaster, Arts management professional Coach, Theatre designer/production worker, Social media producer, Public affairs manager

Accolades & Internships


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Advertising agencies in Chicago, New York and Indianapolis

Elected officials’ offices

Live-event production in Los Angeles


DePauw University’s communications program was ranked #31 out of 524 schools nationwide by College Factual. This puts the program in the Top 10% of all communications programs in the United States.


In 2018, Zippia named us #2 in Indiana for Communication majors. The ranking focused on which programs offer the best career opportunities for Communication Majors.


Jennifer Adams, Ph.D., Purdue University. Studied hundreds of love letters as part of her interest in rhetoric and friendship.

M. Susan Anthony, Ph.D., University of Maryland- College Park. Author of “Gothic Drama and American Society,” published in 2009.

Ron Dye, MFA, Indiana University. Was region III vice chair of playwriting for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, judging plays written by students in five states.

Melanie Finney, Ph.D., University of Iowa. Interested in influences on cultural identity, coping with grief and loss and public memory and memorials.

Seth Friedman, Ph.D., Indiana University. Author of “Are You Watching Closely?: Cultural Paranoia, New Technologies, and the Contemporary Hollywood Misdirection Film,” published in 2017.

Caroline Good, BA, Northern Illinois University. Creator and director of “Shakespeared!” youth theatre workshops.

Tim Good, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin- Madison.Interested in applied theatre for community building and problem-solving.

Andrew Hayes, J.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University and University of Nebraska.Interested in stage combat and Shakespeare (or variations thereof ).

Kevin Howley, Ph.D., Indiana University. Enjoys research into activist, alternative and community media. Author of “Community Media: People, Places & Communication Technologies, published in 2005.

Gigi Jennewein, MA, Northwestern University. Directed “The Duchess of Stringtown” in the Indiana Women’s Prison.

Kathy Jesse, MA, University of Indianapolis. Adviser for The DePauw and a prize-winning former newspaper reporter. Says “a deadline concentrates the mind wonderfully.Or something like that.”

Jennifer Kang, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Interested in global media and Korean popular culture.

Geoffrey Klinger, Ph.D. University of Iowa. DePauw graduate,1988. Serves on editorial boards of several journals.

Jeffrey McCall, Ph.D., University of Missouri. DePauw graduate,1976. Is a frequent op ed contributor and guest on Fox News Channel; has been quoted in more than 100 newspapers.

Kent Menzel, Ph.D., Denver University. Conducted field research with the U.S.Track Cycling Olympic Team leading up to the Rio games.

James Paasche, M.A., Bowling Green State University.Interested in documentary filmmaking, war culture and American cinema.

Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, Ph.D., Indiana University. Author of “TV Cops: The Contemporary American Television Police Drama,” published in 2012.

Steven Timm, MFA, Indiana University. Author of more than 25 produced plays; co-wrote an award-winning feature film, “Reparation” with Kyle Ham ’94.

Susan Wilson, Ph.D., Northwestern University. Six of her speaking/listening consultants have won Fulbright awards in the last eight years.

David Worthington, Ph.D., Indiana University. Has written multiple award-winning essays for the National Communication Association and has a forthcoming book chapter on sit-ins.

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