Backdoor Playhouse

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Welcome to the student resources section of the Backdoor Playhouse at Tennessee Tech University, your essential guide for thriving in the performing arts. Whether you're interested in auditions, workshops, or backstage opportunities, this is your starting point for information and involvement. Dive into our offerings designed to enhance your educational journey, develop your talents, and immerse you in the vibrant theater community. Here, you'll find all you need to contribute to our legacy and advance your skills in the dynamic world of theater.


Joining the theater productions at the Backdoor Playhouse offers a unique opportunity to hone your artistic skills, collaborate with a community of passionate individuals, and contribute to a legacy of compelling storytelling.

» Learn more about our upcoming shows and opportunities
» Learn more about crew and Technical Theater opportunities


Do I want to be a Theater Minor? What is a Theater Concentration? Where do I get help about choosing theater classes? Learn about the Performance Concentration or a Technical Concentration.

» Learn more about why everyone should take an acting class

Student Organizations

» Alpha Psi Omega (APO) National Theatre Honor Society
» The Tech Players

Theater Minor

The Theater minor is designed for students who wish to combine their major program of study with courses that promote theatrical techniques. Future teachers, designers, and advertising fields, would benefit from a Theatre Minor, or any profession that requires teamwork and creativity.  At our theater, the Backdoor Playhouse, students can star in a production or help create one.

The University Catalog outlines the curriculum for the Theater Minor.

For further information about becoming a Theater Minor, please contact Dr. Colin Hill at 

Theatre Concentration

In the Theatre concentration, students focus on the literary traditions and performance arts that come together in the theatrical experience, preparing students for lifelong engagement with the arts while providing a solid foundation for graduate study or any profession that requires teamwork and creativity.  At our theater, the Backdoor Playhouse, students can star in a production or help create one.

» Learn more about the Theatre concentration

Alpha Psi Omega - Pi Upsilon
National Theatre Honor Society

The Alpha Psi Omega (APO) National Theatre Honor Society was reactivated in the spring of 1993 by members of the Tech Players and faculty advisor Mark Creter. Current members invite interested students to become active in theatre at Tennessee Tech. APO differs from the Tech Players in that actors, technicians and front-of-house personnel will be invited to join the cast of APO if they have strong grades and show a true commitment to the theatre. For further information about Alpha Psi Omega, please contact faculty advisor Mark Creter at or visit our website at 

Theater Alpha Psi

The Tech Players

The official drama club of Tennessee Tech, the Tech Players was founded in 1954 by English instructor Miss Dorothy Printz Pennebaker. The Tech Players provide the campus and community with quality productions of both classic and contemporary plays in the Backdoor Playhouse, located in the rear of the Jere Whitson building.


TTU Theater Group - The Tech Players


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