Courses in Theatre contribute to the Speech/Theatre Minor, the General Education menu, and the Mass Com degree programs.

Promotional videos for Central State University’s historic virtual production “YES I CAN - Healing Through Expression”. The project is a collaboration between the Title III Theatre Arts Program and the Central State University Counseling Center. Featuring Phillitia Charlton, writing coach, and John Fleming, stage director.


Each semester, Students in Theatre courses write, cast, stage, and direct a play at our Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center to community-wide acclaim. We appreciate the importance of Theatre Arts and intend to grow the Theatre program. Our students in Theatre and English classes have access to programs at the Victoria Theatre, Dayton’s historic and premier arts organization. In any post-baccalaureate plan, faculty mentors and the Career Services Center provide support.


Theatre courses enrich the B.A. or B.S. degree in any discipline and prepare students with important communication, public speaking, organizational and leadership skills.


For all majors, we suggest you complete four years of high school English and two years of a second language. We encourage your enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and will negotiate credit, placement or exemption for AP scores of 3 (qualified) or higher in the following subjects: Chinese Language and Culture, English Language, English Literature, European History, French Language, French Literature, Spanish Language, World History, and U.S. History.

Dr. G. Jahwara Giddings
Humanities Department Chairperson