The BA in Theatre Studies offers students flexibility and an individualized approach to their degree. Students may pursue a general course of study, exploring many aspects of theatre, or they may focus in one of our areas of concentration: Stage Management, Directing, Playwriting, Theatre Management, and Dramaturgy. Students plan their course of student in collaboration with their advisor. In the Senior Year, students complete a capstone project reflecting the development of their skills and their artistic voice.
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, and to study abroad. Popular additional majors and minors include English; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Human Rights.
BA students 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 may audition for all CRT productions and student-led departmental productions, and act as assistant designers.
Offering a combination of strong academics and production experience, the BA 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.
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.