2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog
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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog > Academic Programs and Courses > Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Letters
Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room 207
About the Program
A bachelor’s degree in Theatre will prepare students for a variety of careers within the entertainment industry and beyond. The Theatre program’s combined performance, design and technical curriculum develops a breadth of knowledge and practical skills necessary to enter the profession or graduate school.
Students receive training in all aspects of theatre. As they discover and develop their unique talents, students will work closely with faculty advisers to develop their strengths as an actor, designer, director, stage manager or theatre technician.
Theatre is also a business, and all of our students are introduced to the unique entrepreneurial aspects of creative enterprises. These skills can also be applied to many dynamic careers such as television and film, teaching, management, advertising, law, journalism and politics.
Why Major in Theatre?
Choose Theatre at ESU
Students of any major are welcome to audition for theatre productions and are invited to participate behind the scenes in design and technical theatre. Auditions are posted on the large bulletin board in the Fine Arts building lobby and announced at Stage II and in Theatre classes. Auditions for the first Fall production often take place as early as the first week of school.
Students may audition beginning in their freshman year for roles in Theatre Department mainstage productions and Stage II one act plays. A number of classes also provide performance opportunities through showcases and recitals with no auditions required: Stage and Comic Technique, Children’s Theatre, Directing, Advanced Acting (class entry by audition), Collaborative Theatre Workshop, and Acting for Musical Theatre.
Theatre productions encompass a range of genres including:
More information is available from the department faculty.
What Programs are offered?
After appropriate preparation through classes and entry-level experiences, students are invited to take on leadership positions in ESU theatre productions that bolster their resumes and often lead to internships, employment and graduate school opportunities.
Students are encouraged to complete professional internships. After students have some basic training and experience, faculty help students identify professional opportunities that align with their area of interest. ESU theatre majors have interned at some impressive performing arts organizations including Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, People’s Light and Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, and L.A. Theatre Works.
Student Theatre Clubs
ESU students develop strong social ties, and a home base within the larger university, through intensive production work and two student theatre clubs: Stage II and Musical Theatre Organization (MTO). Stage II produces a student directed, acted and designed one act play festival annually. MTO produces musical theatre cabarets and performs at a variety of campus and community functions.
Careers in Theatre
Entertainment is one of the biggest exports in the United States. Theatre is one of the biggest industries in nearby New York City. Theatre department alumni are working in arts and entertainment in the United States and internationally, have gone on to excellent graduate programs, and have transferred their skills to related fields.
“(Performing arts) producers (and directors) share many responsibilities with those who work as top executives.”
U.S. Department of Labor Statistics
Skills shared by top executives and those trained in theatre leadership:
U.S. Government Occupation Outlook Handbook 2008-9
Academic Programs and Courses
Theatre Course Sequences
THTR - Theatre Courses
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