BA - Theatre Studies

Department of Theatre and Dance

Prepare for a full life in the Theatre . . .

From center stage to back stage, playwriting to screenwriting, production to management, the BA in Theatre Studies is an elective-based program that will immerse you in all aspects of the business and practice of theatre and prepare you for careers that span the full range of the performing arts and creative sectors.

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Why Theatre Studies?

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Studies offers a comprehensive and individualized theatre education, supported by a broad and meaningful liberal arts curriculum.  As a Theatre Studies major, you will have opportunity to explore all aspects of the business and practice of theatre, including playwriting for stage and screen, dramaturgy and script analysis, stage management, play direction, and all aspects of production operations.‌

What’s more, the individualized curriculum will allow you to sculpt an individualized focus, choosing from a range of courses that comprise areas of specialization, including:

  • Playwriting-Screenwriting/Dramaturgy-Criticism
  • Commercial and Non-Profit Arts Management
  • Theatre Studies (Theatrical Elements On- and Off-Stage)

Learning from a distinguished faculty who are also accomplished industry professionals, students develop the analytical, leadership and collaborative skills that are vital to succeeding in theatre, the arts, and a cross-spectrum of related careers.  The program’s proximity to Manhattan allows us to attract an outstanding full-time faculty and prominent guest artists who work closely with students each semester. And with Manhattan just 30 minutes away, you will be able to connect with on- and off-Broadway productions as well as numerous internship opportunities.


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What You Will Learn

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The BA in Theatre Studies curriculum consists of 120 credits which include core course requirements, general education courses, as well as department-supported and free electives.

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Sample 4-year plans of study:

As members of an active Theatre and Dance community, Theatre Studies students have the opportunity to audition for plays produced by the Acting and Musical Theatre programs. Moreover, student-staged works are developed and presented at FAST: Friday Afternoon Student Theatre, a program where majors bring original work or published pieces to life, working with peer actors and directors.  Students will participate in play reading festivals, the New Plays Festival, and initiate collaborative projects with programs outside the Department of Theatre and Dance.  Students are also encouraged to participate in off-campus events such as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where they engage in playwriting and workshop intensives and compete for awards and recognitions.

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Our Faculty

‌More than 75 permanent faculty members and visiting artists mentor our Theatre and Dance students each semester.  Collectively, they share their wealth of experience and expose students to opportunities beyond the classroom.

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Jump Start to a Career

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Graduates of the Theatre Studies major enter into in a wide range of professions.  Because of the program’s rigorous and cross-disciplinary emphasis on analytical and critical thinking, leadership and collaboration, applicable careers are virtually limitless.





Related Careers:

Playwrite and Screenwriter

Theater Educator

Theatre Company Manager

Casting Director

Arts Fundraising Manager

Box Office Manager

House Manager

Set Designer

Resident Dramaturg

Scenic Artist

Arts Administrator

Non-for-profit Management

Drama Critic

Stage Manager

Wardrobe Supervisor

Event Planner

Scenic Designer

Production Manager

Talent Agent

Audience Relations Director

Artistic Director

Trade Show Director


Arts Entrpreneur

To learn more about careers in Theatre, go to:


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Apply Now

To apply to the BA in Theatre Studies program, go to: Department Admissions.

For an on-campus experience, please come to Arts Days and Open Houses

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