Theatre at RWU is an intensive program that blends classroom, backstage and performance experience to give our students a well-rounded general mastery of all areas of the theatre arts. Through specialization options in acting, design and production and a semester-long London Theatre Program, you’ll learn the practical and professional skills needed to pursue careers in film, television, live theatre, education and business.

Degree Requirements

Theatre is unique in the range and breadth of its areas of study. It has a rich history, literature, and body of critical theory as well as a number of skill areas where knowledge is put into practice. The sequence of courses in theatre is designed to provide an understanding of each of these areas. The program aims to provide each student with a well-rounded, general mastery of all areas of the art of theatre. In addition, study of the theatre opens a window to the history of our society and culture in a variety of historical contexts. As its particular focus and in keeping with the mission of Roger Williams University, the Theatre Program offers a liberal arts theatre degree with a strong emphasis on practical learning and professional skills.

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in theatre must satisfy all University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, the theatre major must successfully complete 43 credits from the requirements listed below and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Student who complete the major will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a general mastery of all areas of the theatre arts with an appreciation of the place of theatre in our world.

2. Examine historical, global, and diverse perspectives of the cultures of the world and articulate ethical questions about theatre’s place in those cultures.

3. Cultivate necessary professional and life skills, such as communication, collaboration, self-discipline, self-discovery, self-reliance, creative problem resolution, and critical thinking all aimed toward a heightened consciousness and appreciation of the human condition.

4. Develop research, analytical, organizational, and communication skills that are fundamental to the theatre as well as to a wide variety of business and creative pursuits.

5.  Engage in transformative and experiential learning practices in order to gain an awareness of contemporary theatrical developments and challenges.