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The Theatre department features courses that flexibly serve the need for both general and in-depth study, allowing students to pursue specialization in one area or gain a broad, general background. The curriculum combines a strong liberal arts program with the acquisition of balance knowledge in all aspects of theatre: performance, directing, design, stage management, technical skills, history, playwriting, and literature. Theatre students also study in a minor field such as art, music, literature, psychology, creative writing, film studies or other disciplines.

The Bachelor of Arts in theatre offers a core curriculum supporting the collaborative process essential to the living theatre. In consultation with a theatre advisor, students choose courses leading to a general education in theatre or an emphasis in performance, design/technical theatre, or playwriting.

The theatre student is expected to participate fully in the production aspects of the theatre program as the essential laboratory in which course work is integrated with practice. The student may specialize in performance, design/technical or playwriting or choose to pursue a general theatre degree. Non-majors are also encouraged to participate in theatre productions and to take theatre courses.

Program Objectives

Training in the Department of Theatre, Musical Theatre & Dance promotes students to:

  1. Develop communication and critical thinking skills
  2. Develop a working knowledge of all aspects of the profession
  3. Develop an inquisitiveness and imaginative engagement with the world
  4. Achieve the tools to develop strong personal aesthetic and a sense of self
  5. Develop an artistic initiative and risk-­‐taking demonstrated by dynamic creative expression
  6. Establish a commitment to become a global citizen artist through active community engagement
Degree Options

Theatre, B.A.

Participate fully in the production aspects of the theatre program, specialize in performance, design/technical or playwriting or choose to pursue a general theatre degree.

Musical Theatre, B.A.

Intended for the student who has strong ability in music and theatre, this degree focuses on an interdisciplinary emphasis in both music and theatre.

Theatre Minor

Non-majors are also encouraged to participate in theatre productions and to take theatre courses, but are required to audition.

Musical Theatre Minor

Students pursuing a minor in musical theatre must show a strong ability in music and theatre and will be required to audition and participate in production work.

Dance Minor

Students who wish to pursue a dance minor should demonstrate a strong ability in dance. Permission required; an audition may also be required.