About The School

About The School The Mission, Objectives and Goals of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film

The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film is committed to the philosophy that prospective practitioners of theatre, film and new media must be provided with thorough education, training and practical skills for employment in industry and educational settings.

Teaching, research/creative scholarship, and service are the traditional and primary methodologies utilized to accomplish our goals. Additionally, the production of plays, films, and new media projects reflects the School's commitment to professional training in the educational environment. The School's production activities encompass all of our goals, relating them to theatre and moving image education and training.

Stage set of Taming The Shrew

The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film will pursue the following four goals:

To educate and train students for professional work in theatre, film and new media to the highest degree of the students' artistic and intellectual ability

To help all students to develop an intellectual and cultural foundation with discriminating taste and critical judgment

To unify the inseparable values of classroom and production by applying theoretical principles to stage and screen production

To offer varied and meaningful theatrical, cinematic and cultural experiences for the members of the university community, for the people of the city of Lincoln, and for the citizens of Nebraska through regular public performance

Harris Smith

Harris Smith Director, Johnny Carson
School of Theatre & Film

Message from the Director Welcome to the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Having an award-winning faculty who has established themselves nationally and internationally, we are proud to be the premier training program of theatre and film artists in the region.

Through our Guest Artist program we provide students with the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals from across the country.  The University Theatre and the student-produced Theatrix seasons provide a wide variety of opportunities for students throughout the academic year. Our Film and New Media students write, direct and crew a variety of film projects and digital media, combining these unique elements to create compelling new works. 

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