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Welcome to the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University!  

We know that the choice of where to spend your next four years is a daunting task, and we hope to make it easier for you through our personalized audition and portfolio review process.  

Located in St. Louis, Webster University provides a unique, individual approach to education. Within Webster, the Conservatory has been training students for professional theatre for over half a century. Whether you are a performer, director, designer, stage manager or technician, our emphasis on skills, coupled with practical experience, will strongly prepare you for the profession. One of the most distinguishing elements of the Conservatory, is its integrated association with professional theatre companies, including:  

  • The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis  
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 
  • St. Louis Shakespeare Festival   
  • The Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (MUNY)   
  • Variety Theatre  
  • Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

The performance and production opportunities, provided by these partnerships, are unequaled at any other undergraduate institution.  

Perspective students, or parents, with specific questions about programs within the Conservatory of Theatre Arts please contact the following faculty members:  

~B.F.A. in Musical Theatre – Lara Teeter, Head of Musical Theatre at larateeter06@webster.edu
~B.F.A. in Acting – Joanna Battles and Jef Awada, Co-Heads of Performance at joannabattles07@webster.edu, jeffreyawada43@webster.edu
~Directing – Doug Finlayson, Head of Directing at finlaydo@webster.edu
~Design Tech – John Wylie, Head of Production at wyliejc@webster.edu 
~Stage Management – Evangeline Whitlock at ewhitlock@webster.edu 
~Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy – Dr. Gad Guterman at gadguterman95@webster.edu  

We wish you well throughout your college audition process! 

Dr. Gad Guterman, Chair Conservatory of Theatre Arts Webster University