From commanding the spotlight to operating it, you’ll explore every aspect of theater production and learn to use the stage to make an impact on the world.

Program Overview

Discover your role

Theater production is both a fine art and a technical craft. A great performance depends on the dramatic presence of its actors, the vision of its director, creativity of its set and costume designers, and precision of its stage technicians.

Our BA in Theater is a preprofessional program that is ideal for expressive and highly motivated students who embrace collaboration and wish to pursue creative careers within the theater arts. Our program prepares you for all areas of theater performance and production — from acting, directing and playwriting, to stage managing, design and arts administration.

After completing your core requirements, and developing a solid foundation in theater arts, you’ll choose a focus track in one of four areas:

  • Design and Production
  • Acting and Directing
  • Theater Administration
  • Dramaturgy, Playwriting and Literary Management
Cast members Carleigh Peterson and Sean Davis rehearse for the theater program's 2017 spring musical, "The Wild Party."

Practice, practice, practice

Cast members Carleigh Peterson and Sean Davis rehearse for the theater program's 2017 spring musical, "The Wild Party."

Once you've declared your specialty, you’ll take advanced courses and engage in hands-on production work, as well as complete a competitive internship with a local professional theater. Participation in the theater department’s Main Stage season will be central to your experience. The season includes contemporary and classical plays, popular musicals and a New Play Festival produced in collaboration with The Barrow Group, a professional theater company in New York City. 

Your experiences culminate in an individual senior capstone project and a fully developed portfolio of work, both of which illustrate the depth of your knowledge, skill and experience to potential employers and graduate theater programs alike.

Professional Partnerships

You’ll learn from professionals

Our affiliation with The Barrow Group Theatre Company in New York City will provide you with professional mentorship and networking in all areas of theater performance and production —including acting, directing, playwriting, stage managing, design and arts administration. You also are encouraged to audit classes at The Barrow Group's esteemed professional training center.  

The centerpiece of our relationship with TBG is the New Play Festival that we produce annually in New York City on The Barrow Group's Main Stage Theatre — just steps away from Times Square. The festival includes 7 plays written by Quinnipiac students. You and your peers will direct, perform and stage manage the productions. The Barrow Group's professional artistic team will mentor you through every step of the preparation process. In this unique setting, you will be exposed to professional practices and develop career-enhancing relationships that will serve you long after you graduate.

In Their Words

Taking Charge

When Quinnipiac's theater department was looking for the perfect person to be the set designer for their fall play, they didn't have to look any farther than one of their own students, Cece Fanning '17, a theater/English double-major. She was the first student scenic designer for a main stage production.

Theatre Arts Center

Space to experiment

In Fall 2017, we will open the Theatre Arts Center. The space will be at 515 Sherman Avenue, just around the corner from the York Hill Campus.

The new facility will include a state-of-the-art black box theater, scenic shop, design studios, classrooms, faculty offices, a student lounge and additional rehearsal space.

The center is being described as a "destination" for Quinnipiac students with a passion for the arts.

Rendering of the new Theatre Arts Center

Center stage

Rendering of the new Theatre Arts Center, set to open in Fall 2017.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Theater Curriculum 

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in theater must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Theater Core Requirements
DR 140Stagecraft3
DR 160Acting I3
DR 230Directing for the Theater3
DR 270World Theater History & Dramatic Literature I3
DR 257Design for the Theater3
DR 275World Theater History & Dramatic Literature II3
DR 286Comparative Drama/ Play Analysis3
DR 350Playwriting3
DR 370Internship in Theater Administration, Production, Performance, Education or Theater and Community3
Track
In addition to completing courses for the departmental core, students complete courses for one of four tracks.9
Total Credits36

Tracks

Design and Production Track

Select 9 credits from the following courses:9
DR 307Drafting & Rendering for Theater3
DR 325Theater Seminar3
DR 340Scenic Design3
DR 341Lighting Design for the Theater3
DR 342Costume Design3
DR 380Theater Administration3
DR 391Theater Practice III 13
1

DR 391 may be completed by taking on a design role within the MainStage season or by taking on an additional production or design internship/apprenticeship at a professional theater.

Acting and Directing Track

Select 9 credits from the following courses:
DR 181Improvisational Acting3
DR 220Voice and Movement3
DR 260Acting for Film/TV3
DR 290Acting for Classical Stage3
DR 320Advanced Voice and Movement3
DR 330Advanced Directing3
DR 335Musical Theater Performance3
DR 345Dance for the Musical Theater3
DR 360Advanced Acting3

Theater Administration Track

Students must complete the following:
DR 325Theater Seminar3
DR 380Theater Administration3
DR 391Theater Practice III 13
Total Credits9
1

DR 391 may be completed by taking on an administrative role within the MainStage season or by taking on an additional administrative internship at a professional theater.

Dramaturgy, Playwriting and Literary Management Track

Select 9 credits from the following:
DR 375History and Dramatic Literature of the Contemporary Theater3
DR 380Theater Administration3
DR 386Modern Drama3
DR 391Theater Practice III 13
1

DR 391 may be completed by taking on a dramaturgical role within the MainStage season or by taking on an additional literary internship at a professional theater.

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