Theatre Arts, BA
THE MAJOR IN THEATRE ARTS
Theatre Arts Mission
The Theatre Arts Program has a great deal to offer students at UMass Boston. A Theatre Arts Major provides a solid Liberal Arts curriculum preparing its graduates to pursue further training or graduate studies and to enter the world of professional theatre. The program focuses on diverse forms and world views including the classics, contemporary drama, comedy, film, and musical theatre. Studies include advanced training in performance, design-technology, theatre history, dramatic literature, playwriting, and more. The Theatre Arts Major is for active participants, who take theory to practice via live performance and production work. We also provide newcomers and those interested in a Theatre Arts Minor with introductory classes that teach the basics of acting, directing, theatre design, costume and set construction, and more.
Our faculty are dedicated to training the next generation of theatre artists, but they are also practicing theatre professionals with national and international reputations. In our classes and our productions, we model best practices following industry standards, preparing our students to succeed in a competitive field.
A hallmark of our program is the “practicum” series, in which all theatre students pursue intensive individual work with faculty mentors to develop and hone one’s craft. Students can expect to work on actual theatre productions, to be part of exciting collaborations, and to put theory into practice many times during their college career.
Theatre Arts Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate the ability to read closely, to think critically, to speak eloquently, and to write effectively.
- Students will demonstrate advanced skills in one or more areas of theatre arts concentration.
- Students will demonstrate a wide range of skills practiced in theatre arts, including acting, design-technology, stage management, and dramaturgy.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to follow best practices during production, including rehearsals and performances.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and collectively.