The major in theater combines the study of dramatic literature from the Greeks to the present with work in acting, directing, dance, design, and film. Students thus acquire skills in production and performance while learning the history and literature of one of the world’s major forms of artistic expression.
Majors are prepared for graduate work in the humanities or for further professional training in theater, dance, or film. The theater major is also a valuable asset for a wide variety of careers — such as business, law, or teaching — requiring collaborative effort, public poise, imagination, and a broad background in the liberal arts. In addition to its academic work, the department annually produces more than a dozen plays, films, dance concerts, and other performance events in its three theaters. These require the participation of large numbers of students, both majors and non-majors.
The department invites all members of the campus community to join in the creation of these events. Majors in theater who are interested in secondary school teaching should consult the Department of Education about requirements for teacher certification. Majors in theater interested in acting should consider junior year study at the British American Drama Academy or the London Drama Academy. Majors in theater interested in narrative film production should consider junior year study at the Queen’s University (London) Film Production Program or the Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts.