Learning Goals

Students who major in theatre can expect to achieve the following learning goals:

  • Understand the distinctive roles performed by each of the artists who contributes to the creation of a theatrical production:
    • Playwright
    • Actor
    • Director
    • Scene designer
    • Lighting designer
    • Costume designer
    • Makeup designer
    • Sound designer
  • Analyze and evaluate dramatic texts, both as literature and as blueprints for production, from a variety of perspectives:  performance, directorial, design and technical
  • Analyze and evaluate theatrical productions from a variety of perspectives:  performance, directorial, design and technical
  • Understand the historical development of Western theatre and drama from Ancient Greece to the present and their relationship to the distinctive social, political and cultural aspects of each era
  • Understand the diversity of global cultures through the focus of theatre and drama
  • Apply the practical techniques of makeup design
  • Understand the actor’s creative process and the ability to apply those skills in performance
  • Participate actively in the creation of a theatrical production through a variety of possible means, such as:
    • Actor
    • Designer
    • Director
    • Stage manager
    • Board operator
    • Backstage crew member
  • Create and deliver a formal presentation about some aspect of theatre theory and/or practice
  • Refinement of effective speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills