Students may choose to pursue a program of study leading to a major or minor in Theatre or, aligned with a program in the Education Department, a major or minor in Theatre Education. Students may also choose theatre study as a significant part of their pursuit of a major in Digital Cinema & Media. While students do not declare a major until after their first year, the process of advising begins even before the first day of classes.
Students who are considering a major in Theatre should realize that the program, like the field itself, demands a great commitment of both time and energy. The department is committed to providing ample opportunities for students to explore and discover their talents, develop their skills, and prepare a plan for their future - perhaps a vocation that includes a career in the performing arts, perhaps using their theatre study in other vocational situations. The academic curriculum and production program are closely intertwined for the Theatre major. In a sense, production activity (rehearsal, shop work, performances) is the laboratory for experimentation and affirmation of classroom readings, lectures, and exercises.
The "homework" expectation for most classes is two to three hours every week for every hour in class. Rehearsals are usually 7:00-10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Technical work is usually Monday through Friday afternoons and occasional Saturdays. Students taking a full load of classes and participating in a production are expected to maintain both high academic and artistic standards.
Upon acceptance into the major, students request and are assigned a faculty advisor, although students are encouraged to seek the counsel of all faculty members. The Department’s assessment program requires an annual presentation to, and interview with, the entire Theatre faculty and professional staff.
Please see the Programs of Study page for further information and details.