Theatre

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

The Theatre Major

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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.

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT110Acting I
THEAT122Stagecraft (1 credit)
THEAT123Design for the Theatre
THEAT130The Art of the Theatre
THEAT140Musical Theatre Workshop (2 credits)
THEAT141Musical Theatre Workshop (1 credit)
THEAT200Theatre Practicum (1 credit, taken 3 times)
THEAT230Theatre History I
THEAT231Theatre History II
THEAT232Stage Management
THEAT340Directing

Three Dramatic Literature/History/Theory courses taken from:

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT330Theatre of Shakespeare
THEAT331Modern Theatre and Drama
THEAT332British Theatre and Performing Arts
THEAT333Asian Drama and Dance
THEAT334Contemporary Drama
THEAT431Drama Theory and Criticism

6 credits of Theatre electives:

Students may choose to use their elective credits to concentrate in either the Acting or Design Track. The requirements for these tracks are:

Acting Track

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT210Acting II
THEAT310Acting Studio

Design Track

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT220Intermediate Design
THEAT320Design Studio

The Theatre Minor

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SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT110Acting I
THEAT122Stagecraft (1 credit)
THEAT123Design for the Theatre
THEAT130The Art of the Theatre

one of the following courses

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT230Theatre History I
THEAT231Theatre History II
THEAT330Theatre of Shakespeare
THEAT331Modern Theatre and Drama
THEAT333Asian Drama and Dance
THEAT334Contemporary Drama
THEAT431Drama Theory and Criticism

and

Five (5) credits of Theatre electives

Theatre Minor – London Option

SubjectNumberTitle
THEAT130The Art of the Theatre

One Theatre three-credit elective and four approved three- credit courses taken as part of the London Program.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To achieve a general mastery of all areas of the theatre arts and an appreciation of the place of theatre in our world
  • To understand historical and global perspectives on the cultures of the world and the theatre’s place in those cultures
  • To 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
  • To 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