State of Imagination: Degree Overview
With a professional resident faculty and a full cadre of annual professional guest artists—all currently working professionally on and off-Broadway, in regional theatres, and around the world—students apply foundational knowledge of cognate disciplines such as history, philosophy, anthropology, political science, film, art, music, and literature through the lens of serious and disciplined study of acting, theatrical design and technology, dramaturgy, dramatic criticism, storytelling, and playwriting in theory and practice.
During their first two years in the 120-credit liberal arts Bachelor of Arts program, theatre students take the same core of courses. Following their sophomore review, students are directed into one of three upper-division concentrations: Performance, Design and Technology, and General Theatre. No matter which concentration is selected, students are equally prepared for graduate work or entry-level positions in the entertainment industry.
The most important training comes in production, the collaborative act produced by a collective of actors, directors, designers, and technicians. Each season includes classics, contemporary plays and musicals.
With the quality of a LORT regional theatre, four main stage productions are annually produced in the University Theatre—a 300-seat thrust theatre—and the Studio Theatre—a flexible black box seating 100—two opera-theatre productions in a 550-seat concert hall, and four dance concerts in the 200-seat Dance Theatre round out the production schedule.