The theatre major is designed to expose students to all aspects of theatre. Core courses are required in acting, directing, history and technology. Advanced courses are offered in areas of special interest such as Advanced Acting, Arts Management, Playwriting, Playwrights of Color, Costume and Fashion or Children’s Theatre and Puppetry.
Many opportunities exist for students to apply classroom skills in studio and lab productions. Advanced students may have opportunities to design or direct on the main stage for academic credit or pursue internships with one of over 100 vital theatre companies in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
Students may choose one of the following emphases:
Theatre Arts and Production Program
University Theatre produces three shows a year. The plays vary in style, period and genre. Students perform, build and run the productions and are encouraged to take on major production responsibilities. Theatre professionals are frequently brought to campus to work with students. Many productions are entered in the American College Theatre Festival for adjudication and students are selected to participate in the acting and design competitions at the regional and national level.
Digital Film and Television
The digital film television emphasis provides students with the necessary background for careers in film and television broadcasting, as well as for those who anticipate using these skills in other occupations.
Through clubs and organizations on campus, theater arts students can connect outside of the classroom. Clubs including Alpha Psi Omega, an American recognition honor society recognizing participants in collegiate theatre, and Masquers meet to plan and attend events related to theater. Students interested in Film Studies have the opportunity to join Focus on U, the university’s student broadcasters' organization that produces quality student programming such as talk programs and variety shows.