We believe that the strongest theater education combines studio courses that emphasize application with theater studies courses in which students explore dramatic literature and performance within historical and cultural contexts. We offer the major or minor in theater.
We offer a strong variety of studio courses in which your creative skills as an actor, director, designer or playwright will be challenged and strengthened, including:
- Acting I: The Preparation
- Acting II: Play Analysis
- Advanced Acting: Styles; Shakespeare; The Realists
- Design Aesthetics
- Costume Design and Construction
- Technical Production: Dance and Theater
- Directing I: Coaching the Actor
- Playwriting: Exposure to the Elements
- The Solo Performance Event
Courses in theater history and dramatic literature (both inside and outside the department) will develop your analytical skills and provide you with opportunities to explore theatrical performance as a forum through which social concerns are debated and discussed, such as:
- Theater and Culture: Rise from Ritual
- American Drama/U.S.A. Plays
- Art of Protest: Occupy ________
- Intersecting Performances: Dance-Theater (cross-listed with the Dance Department)
- The AIDS Epidemic in Theater and Film
- Special Projects: Gender in Contemporary Performance (cross-listed with the Department of Gender and Women's Studies)
If you are thinking of majoring in theater, we recommend that you take THE 104 (Acting I: Preparation) and THE 110 (Technical Production) during your first two semesters.
We encourage you to meet with a theater professor to discuss your interests and the major.