The Theatre Studies major is both an academic field of study and a practical application of that study.
The purpose of the major is to provide students with a theoretical knowledge and appreciation of the history and literature of the theatre. In addition, students are instructed and given hands-on experience in production and promotion of theatrical events. The theatre is one of the oldest art forms in existence, and students learn valuable information about the way various disparate societies have evolved throughout the ages.
Students are expected to work on productions as performers and technicians. The theatre department actively tries to cultivate well-rounded theatre students who are knowledgeable in all areas of theatre.
Goals for the Major
- The ability to break down and score a scene, conduct a rehearsal and produce a play
- An understanding of the development of dra- matic literature from the Greeks to the present, and ability to identify major movements within that chronology
- Knowledge of current theatre technologies
- Problem solving independently, and within an ensemble
- Basic construction skills and attention to detail in execution
- Competence to compete with conservatory-trained graduates for graduate school or casting/hiring opportunities within the industry.