History of the Campbellsville University Theater


The CU Theater Department provides instruction in both the theory and practice of theater. The department seeks to enable students to succeed in both academic and vocational pursuits by working towards enabling students to view the theater arts from a Christian perspective and to structure their talents for a career in theater. In conjunction with our community partner TownHall Productions, CU Theater brings six theater productions to life each year. This is in addition to Harlequins improv shows and our bi-annual traveling children’s theater production. 

The Campbellsville University Russ Mobley Theater was named in honor of Russell (Russ) G. Mobley on Jan. 25, 2011, with an unveiling on April 30 of that year.

Mobley served 34 years at CU as a professor of speech and theater from 1971 until his retirement in 2005. He directed more than 100 theater performances, his first being Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Starr Garrett took over as director of the theater department in 2005 and has served ever since.

A partnership with Town Hall Productions, an event planning company, was created in 2011 in order to bring community theater to the local area. In addition to community based productions, this work includes the development of a youth theater training program, the Creative Spirit Theater Academy.

Campbellsville Christian Church donated their seats to the theater in January 2016, with a dedication being held on March 23, 2016.

Dr. Michael V. Carter, Russ Mobley, Carole Mobley, and Dr. Frank Cheatham

The Campbellsville University theater was dedicated to honor Russ Mobley, second from left, who served served 34 years at CU as a professor of speech and head of the theater department. Pictures from left are: Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU; Mobley; Carole Mobley; and Dr. Frank Cheatham, former vice president of Academic Affairs. (CU photo by Joan C. McKinney)

A crowd of people in front of theater seats

Members of Campbellsville Christian Church, Campbellsville University and the CU Theater Department were ina attendance of the dedication of the seats which were donated by CCC. (CU Photo by Jordan Snider)