Theatre - FAQ
- Can freshman or non-major audition for the productions?
Yes, auditions are open to all students on campus.
- Can I double-major?
Yes, many theatre majors also major in another discipline. It is also possible to minor in theatre.
- Do you offer musical theatre?
Yes, we offer a minor in Musical Theatre. Our cross-disciplinary program is designed for students majoring in the performing arts. The musical theatre minor offers two tracks for students majoring in music or theatre. Students take courses in the two performing arts forms outside their concentration, along with a capstone in musical theatre repertoire. The capstone course culminates in a Musical Theatre Showcase.
- What opportunities are there in design and technical theatre?
We offer courses in stage design, lighting design, costume design, stage management, theatre management, drafting, crafts for the stage, etc. All theatre majors receive a background in design; students who pursue more advanced design training may also receive the opportunity to design in our Second Stage series. Some of our exceptional students have also designed for the mainstage.
- Do you have to audition to get into the program?
No, you don't have to audition to get into the theatre program. You need to be admitted into the University, and then you declare either a major or a minor in theatre. We do have auditions for scholarships in theatre. These auditions are held each February and are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Please check the scholarship link on the home page of our web site.
- What internships are available?
A wide variety of internships in different disciplines and at different theatres are available. Since many of our faculty are involved in professional theatre, there are also opportunities through them. Students that work as interns in professional theatre and take our Fieldwork in Chicago course can earn 3 hours of credit.
- Do you offer graduate courses?
No, we are strictly an undergraduate program offering a B.A. in Theatre.
- Are there opportunities to study abroad in Theatre?
Students may take advantage of organized courses of study in London or elsewhere on an individual basis. On occasion, a summer in London course may be offered by the department.
- Is there a design or directing concentration?
In addition to our elective courses, there are many opportunities to get hands on training. Our Second Stage series offers students chances to direct, design and perform in projects ranging from scenes and workshops to fully-mounted productions. If you have any other questions, please CONTACT US.