Theatre Arts

About the Theatre Arts Program

The Theatre Arts Program offers a concentration in Theatre Arts within the English Department. The degree in English-Theatre Arts is designed to provide broad-based training in theatre within a well-rounded liberal arts education, preparing students for graduate study and for careers in the professional theatre, the entertainment industry, and many other fields. Coursework emphasizes creative, analytical, communication, and critical thinking skills as well as collaboration and teamwork – skills that also prepare students for the demands of the workplace in today's global economy. 

The concentration in English-Theatre Arts requires a minimum of 37 credits, with Core and Distribution requirements designed to provide a basic grasp of all areas of theatrical endeavor. The Production Experience requirement gives students practical experience in the collaborative work of theatrical management and production. Beyond these requirements, students are encouraged to concentrate a substantial portion of their upper-level coursework within a particular area of their choice - for example, performance, writing/dramaturgy, or design/technical theatre. A capstone-experience course provides the chance to do further advanced work within that chosen area of focus.

Campus Productions

The Theatre Arts Program stages two full-scale productions each year, along with dramatic readings and other performances in the Comley-Lane Theatre on South Campus. For information on auditions, please contact the program director, Nancy Selleck. To get involved behind the scenes on production crews, please contact Professor Shelley Barish.   

Production Internships

Production internships on campus as part of the Theatre Arts Program's annual Production Team are available on a competitive basis. Please contact the Program Director for details and application.