The Theatre Studies BA is centered on the knowledge that theatre is an art and an institution with a history, a literature, and a vital role in culture. The purpose of the BA is to give students the artistic and intellectual foundation necessary for a successful professional life in the theatre and related disciplines. Theatre Studies emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between scholarly study and practice. The scholarly component offers serious academic rigor and features a broad-based curriculum with an interdisciplinary perspective. Students are expected to also take courses in related disciplines such as history, philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, business, political science, art, music, literature, and foreign languages in order to enhance the student’s diverse interests and to support the practice of critical thinking.
In the area of practical training, BA students may take advantage of the many opportunities for production-oriented experience provided by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the production arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts. Students act as stage managers, dramaturgs, and assistant directors on CRT productions. Additional opportunities are available in student-led workshops and productions in the department. Theatre Studies prepares students to pursue many professional career choices within the field, including graduate study, by focusing on disciplines such as directing, dramaturgy, stage management, theatre management, playwriting, theatre history, and theory. 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 BFA program in performance. Admission to the Theatre Studies program does not grant students access to advanced acting courses.