The Theatre Arts undergraduate major blends hands-on experience in production with foundational training and advanced study. A core liberal arts base of coursework serves intermediate and advanced study in the classroom, rehearsal room, studio and theatre. Students have the option to specialize in one or more of three areas of emphasis (performance/production; design/tech; history, dramaturgy and criticism). Faculty advised capstone experiences, directed studies and special projects complement coursework.
All majors are mentored by leading professionals who are also passionate teachers. Theatre Arts majors regularly work alongside faculty, graduate students, teaching artists and professional guests. The Department of Theatre Arts fosters a collaborative, inclusive learning community and excellence in theoretical and practical research and pedagogy through its MFA Performance Pedagogy and PhD Theatre and Performance Studies programs. The structure of the programs and their intersections encourage ways of thinking and communicating within and beyond students’ fields and the academy in support of students’ diverse personal and career goals.