The study of theatre is a study of the human condition, and requires a broad set of skills, techniques, and knowledge bases from its practitioners and students. Theater majors study plays and other dramatic works and their production. Classes cover topics such as theater history, literature, theory and social contexts of theatrical production, playwriting, acting, and directing, as well as lighting, scenery, and costume design.
What careers can this major prepare you for?
A theatre major prepares students for continued education in MFA and PhD theatre programs and the study of theatre offers opportunities for employment in: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Criticism, Drama Therapy, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Costume Shop Management/Wardrobe Supervisor, Cutter/Draper, Costume Craft, Film Crew, Light Design, Sound Design, Marketing, Stage Management, Technical Theatre, Development, Facilities Coordination, Arts Advocacy, Arts Management, Education, Public Relations.
What skills are developed within this major?
The theatre major receives rigorous training specializing in either theatre performance or the design/technical fields that develop self-confidence, creative thinking skills, presentation skills, problem-solving, literacy, interpersonal communication, confidence, and empathy. Additional skills include solid organization and time management, comfort in speaking publicly, the ability to collaborate and appreciate diverse viewpoints, think outside the box and adapt to new and/or changing situations.