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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
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Chairperson: Professor James Quinn

Assistant Professors: Emmett Buhmann, Miranda Giurleo, Colleen Rua

Location: Rondileau Campus Center, Room 018
Phone:     508.531.2193

Degree Program

  • BA in Communication Studies
    Concentrations: Theatre Arts, Theatre Education, Theatre Performance

Undergraduate Minors

  • Theatre Arts
  • Musical Theatre Performance

The following program is currently inactive:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching Speech Communication and Theatre

Click on Academic Programs  for program information and requirements.

The department offers a major concentration and a minor in theatre and education programs for teacher certification in theatre. Our curriculum is based on a strong liberal arts foundation, yet it allows students to pursue pre-professional preparation through advanced electives in performance and individualized attention in both management and technical practice. Many of our alumni have entered graduate programs and/or become career artists. Others have become teachers and professors in the arts, or have integrated their artistic principles and skills into other careers and paths in life.

The theatre arts concentration emphasizes a comprehensive theatre program within the liberal arts context. Students pursue a systematic course of study in performance, production, management, history, literature and criticism, which is enhanced by opportunities to participate in either performance or production in the department’s theatre season.

The theatre education program combines the content of the theatre program with additional learning to support Standard I requirements for licensure to teach theatre in public schools in Massachusetts.

The theatre performance concentration augments the broad based approach of the theatre arts concentration with the additional comprehensive course work in acting, voice and dance, preparing the student more thoroughly for entry-level performance occupations and graduate schools or conservatories.

Bachelor of Arts

Students majoring in this academic field may choose one of three concentrations: theatre arts, theatre education or theatre performance.

Educator Licensure

Students interested in seeking Massachusetts teacher licensure should refer to the appropriate department links for options and requirements for second majors: Elementary and Early Childhood Education Secondary Education and Professional Programs , or Special Education . Students should also consult Educator Preparation and Licensure Policies and Procedures  for professional education admission and retention information as well as important institutional deadlines.

Honors Program

The honors program in theatre arts provides highly motivated communication studies and theatre arts majors with opportunities to enhance their academic program through intensive scholarly study and research designed to be of assistance in postgraduate employment or in the pursuit of an advanced degree in theatre. Interested students should contact the Department of Theatre for further information concerning eligibility and application.

Activities and Productions

The program of theatre presents four mainstage productions annually in the 1300-seat Rondileau Campus Center auditorium. The productions usually include two plays, a musical, and an experimental work. Any interested student is invited to audition for productions.

Several student clubs are actively engaged in cocurricular activities supportive of the academic programs in the department.

The Ensemble Theatre sponsors and produces student-directed studio productions, workshops, and social and educational activities. It is open to all students interested in theatre.

Students may also receive academic credit in the department for active participation in theatre – see course descriptions for more information on the following courses:

THEA 140 - Theatre Performance Practicum  
THEA 170 - Technical Theatre Practicum  
THEA 172 - Theatre Costume Practicum  
THEA 185 - Theatre Management Practicum  

Note: A maximum of six credits in the above courses may be applied toward graduation.

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