The Theatre Studies concentration provides equal parts professional theatre training and liberal arts education, and focuses on dramatic literature, dramatic writing, and dramaturgy (story analysis towards production). Students participate in a robust new play festival program and often serve as dramaturgs on department productions. Students prepare to pursue theatre careers in directing, playwriting, criticism, teaching, scholarship, arts management, dramaturgy, and other careers that may not have performance or theatre technology at their centers.
Regardless of eventual profession, the concentration provides the academic rigor and imaginative excitement necessary to any liberal arts degree. Students learn to make theatre as a fundamentally collaborative story told among artists and community. We believe that this kind of training prepares the student to become the ideal global good citizen, engaged with theatre as a means of ritual and democratic conversation focused on full inclusion of all cultures and identities.