The B.A. in theatre program provides broad-based education and training in theatre
and provides students flexibility to explore any and all aspects of the performing
arts. The degree combines a theoretical and analytical approach to understanding theatre
and has an emphasis on academic and experiential training. The degree provides an
excellent background to enter a career in professional theatre or to enter graduate
This program also allows students to combine theatre training with other disciplines
to prepare them for careers not specifically in the theatre profession. For example,
students may combine a B.A. in theatre with a minor in fine arts entrepreneurship
to prepare for careers in administrative and management fields in theatre. Students
might also combine a B.A. in theatre with a major in creative writing to prepare for
careers such as playwriter or screenwriter. Another possibility is to double major
in film/television production.
BA-Theatre students will…
- Train with experienced faculty and staff in the areas of scenic design and painting,
lighting and sound design, costume design, and construction.
- Prepare for rewarding careers as a professional capable of performing musical theatre
- Study and train in the beautiful River Campus, a multimillion dollar facility devoted
to the visual and performing arts.
- Benefit from an established program of collaboration with professional guest actors,
directors, singers, casting agents, and designers.
- Establish relationships with professional actors, directors, and singers through internships,
outside auditions, master classes, artist residencies, theatre festivals, and a Senior
Showcase in New York City.
Students holding the BA in Theatre must demonstrate
- The ability to think conceptually and critically about text, performance, and production.
- An understanding of production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way
these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
- An acquaintance with a wide selection of theatre repertory including the principal
eras, genres, and cultural sources.
- The ability to develop and defend informed judgments about theatre.
- Ability in areas of performance and production appropriate to individual needs and
- An understanding of procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical
- Intermediate to advanced competence in one or more theatre specialization in creation,
performance, or scholarship.
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