Theatre Major

Description: A program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. Includes instruction in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.

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Theatre Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Theatre?

Theater is an art. The theater students have a love for drama, acting, and the production of theater in general. Not all majors need to be drawn toward acting, however. There are many other aspects of theater in which to specialize: lighting, staging, writing, for instance. Here, they will learn of every aspect about the theater industry as well as specific aspects of it such as what goes on behind the scenes, how actors become proficient in their craft, and in general how everything works together in a quality theatrical production.

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What Courses Do Theatre Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Theatre majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Acting
  • Art
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Directing
  • History of the Theater
  • Management
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Physical Expression: Voice and Movement
  • Speech
  • Stagecraft
  • Survey of Dramatic Literature
  • Survey of Film History
  • Voice

Specializations In This Major

Various specializations related to a major in Theatre may be offered by colleges and universities. These specializations may be of greater or lesser interest to you. A few of these specializations related to this field include, but are not limited to: