Theatre Arts

Tiffin University offers students the opportunity to learn, demonstrate their talent, and become a part of its growing theatre program.  With two main stage productions a year, students can learn or refine artistic skills in acting, stage managing, set constructing, set décor, sound effects, special effects, costumes, tickets, advertisement, or refreshments, to name a few.  By enrolling in theatre classes or by contacting Dr. Mary Grennen, Director of Theatre Arts, students can become part of a close-knit team dedicated to producing lively and polished productions by such playwrights as Neil Simon, Noel Coward, Pat Cook, and A.R. Gurney.  Students get hands-on experience, earn class or co-curricular credit, make new friends, and reap the rewards of bringing excellent productions to fruition.

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The Curious Savage - Spring 2013 Exit The Body - Fall 2012 Get Witch Quick - Spring 2012
The Prisoner of Second Avenue - Fall 2011 The Dining Room - Spring 2011 Til Beth Do Us Part - Fall 2010
Steel Magnolias - Spring 2010 An Evening of Culture - Fall 2009 The Dixie Swim Club - Spring 2009
Blithe Spirit - Fall 2008 Rumors - Spring 2008  

Generous Scholarships Available!

Generous scholarships are available for students interested in actively participating in the program.  For information, please call 419.448.3360 or email

About the Directors

Dr. Mary V. Grennen holds a PhD in Dramatic Literature, Theory & Criticism, and has been teaching at the college level for sixteen years.  Her directing credits include The Curious Savage, Exit the Body, Get Witch Quick, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, 'Til Beth Do Us Part, The Dining Room, Steel Magnolias, The Dixie Swim Club, An Evening of Culture, Blithe Spirit, Rumors, A Trip to Czardis, Plaza Suite, Bathroom Humor, The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase, Everybody's Doing It, and To Bobolink, for Her Spirit.  Her acting experience at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jack or the Submission, Fashion, The Three Sisters, The Beggar's Opera, The Children's Hour, Icarus' Mother, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, Not Enough Rope, Postcards, Electra, Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down, and Action.  Her community theatre experience includes roles in Shenandoah, Hello, Dolly, I Hate Hamlet, The Boys Next Door, Tea and Sympathy, Dial 'M' for Murder, Two By Two, and How the Other Half Loves.  She appeared in two off-Broadway productions, and as a musician has played in the orchestra pit for productions of Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Robber Bridegroom.  Contact info: or 419.448.3376.

Joseph S. Knipe has been involved actively in the theatre for more than 35 years as an actor, director, set designer, builder and makeup artist.  His acting experience includes roles in West Side Story, South Pacific, Hot L Baltimore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Boys Next Door, and others.  He has directed both children and adults in productions that include How the Other Half Lives, The Littlest Angel, Private Lives, and The Elves and the Shoemaker.  Mr. Knipe has lit up many community and college stages with intricate and creative set designs, and has years of experience teaching the art of stagecraft to young thespians.  His design credits include Plaza Suite, Fried Green Tomatoes, Gypsy, and others.  Mr. Knipe directed the November 2007 Tiffin University production of Love Letters.