Swarthmore's Theater Department is an educational and artistic laboratory - a place for testing the talents and intellect of students and faculty alike. The theater major uses the study of all aspects of performance as the center of a liberal arts education. All courses in the Department address the processes of play production, especially as they involve collaboration; many courses have a significant writing component, as writing is an important aspect of discursive thinking and communication. Our department encourages students to fully engage each other, our faculty, master artists, other disciplines and cultures, and ultimately the world beyond Swarthmore, while simultaneously nourishing each student's individual talents and aspirations. We continually seek new working relationships between the academy and the professional theater and build bridges between the American theater and our international colleagues.