The BA in Theatre Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of theatre, providing students with a strong background in both theory and practice. The program prepares students with the artistic and intellectual foundation necessary for a successful professional life in the theatre and related disciplines, and it develops artists with an awareness of the vital role that theatre plays in our culture.
Theatre Studies is a flexible program. Students may pursue a general course of study, exploring many aspects of theatre, or they may concentrate in the areas of playwriting, stage management, directing, theatre management, or dramaturgy. As a BA program, students are also expected to also take courses in related disciplines such as history, philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, business, political science, art, music, and foreign languages. This broad study reinforces our understanding of theatre as a vital aspect of human culture, requiring inter-disciplinary thinking. Students also have the opportunity to pursue additional majors or minors. Popular additional majors and minors include English; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Human Rights.
BA students may take advantage of the many opportunities for production experience provided by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT), the production arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts. CRT offers opportunities for stage managers, assistant directors, and dramaturgs. Those interested in theatre management have the opportunity to work alongside CRT staff, studying topics such as audience services, publicity, and company management. BA students are allowed to audition for all CRT productions and student-led departmental productions, and to act as assistant designers. Students may apply to use the Studio Theatre, which offers additional opportunities for directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, and stage management.
When you graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies you will have a solid foundation for your life's work as an artist of the theatre.
PLEASE NOTE: Theatre Studies is not a performance-focused program. Admission to the Theatre Studies program does not grant students access to advanced acting courses.