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BA in Theater

The theater major is a preprofessional program that prepares students for careers or graduate studies in areas such as theater production, theater administration, theater education and drama therapy. The program is distinctive in its applied focus.

Each student majoring in theater is strongly encouraged to pursue a secondary program in a specified area, such as education (the courses required by the MAT program), sociology, psychology, political science or history (studies to support the emphasis in community and theater), business or communication (to augment a focus in theater administration) or media production (to augment a focus in theater production).

Students are required to complete an internship during their junior or senior year of study. Possible internship sites include the Hartford Stage, The Abingdon Theatre and other professional theaters in the New York area (for theater production, administration and educational theater), the West Haven VA Hospital, the Clifford Beers Institute and area elementary and secondary schools (educational theater). The BA in theater allows students to explore their interests in performance areas (acting, directing, playwriting) while gaining the education and work experience to secure employment or to pursue graduate training upon graduation.

Quinnipiac's Theater for Community immerses drama students in all aspects of theater--from acting and directing to lighting and stage design. The program creates productions designed to enlighten, heal and bring about change. The performances raise provocative questions that engage the performers as well as the audience.

From the beginning, students are involved in a different kind of theatrical experience, researching the underlying issues and talking to key players--those whose experiences mimic those of the characters.

The program and productions have received praise for their professional quality and artistic integrity. Theater for Community recently received the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Award for Social Impact.

The theater program produces four mainstage productions a year. In addition, the student theater group, Fourth Wall Theater, produces staged readings, workshops and student-directed productions.

Guest Artists
The theater program has brought distinguished theater artists to candidly discuss their work and interact with drama students. Past guests have included:

  • Anna Deavere Smith, playwright and actress
  • Tim Robbins, actor and director
  • Tina Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
  • Joan Schirle, co-artistic director of Dell'Arte Company
  • Dael Orlandersmith, actress and author of "Yellowman"

For more information, please contact Crystal Brian, professor of theater, at 203-582-8394 or crystal.brian@quinnipiac.edu.

Curriculum + Requirements

Theater Core Requirements (28 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

DR 191

Theater Practicum

4

DR 140

Stagecraft

3

DR 160

Introduction to Acting

3

DR 270

History and Dramatic Literature of the World Theater Part I

3

DR 275

History and Dramatic Literature of the World Theater Part II

3

DR 230

Directing for the Theater

3

DR 286

Comparative Drama/Play Analysis

3

DR 310 or DR 410

Seminar/Lab in Community-Focused Theater or Senior Project

3

DR 370

Internship

3


In addition to completing courses for the departmental core, students will complete courses for one of the following four tracks.

Theater Generalist track (9 credits)
Students take nine credits of 200- or 300-level courses chosen from at least two of the following areas: acting, directing, theater history and dramatic literature, design, playwriting, theater production/administration, such as:

  • DR 220 Voice and Movement (3 credits)
  • DR 240, DR 241 or DR 242 Scenic, Lighting or Costume Design (3 credits)
  • DR 260 Acting for Film/TV (3 credits)
  • DR 375 History and Literature of Contemporary Theater (3 credits)
  • DR 350 Playwriting (3 credits)

Theater Education track (9 credits)
Additional requirement courses satisfy State of Connecticut Theatre Arts Certification guidelines for specialized credential in theater.

  • DR 220 Voice and Movement for Actors (3 credits)
  • DR 350 Playwriting (3 credits)
  • DR 305 Theater for Young Audiences (3 credits)

Plus 18 credits in education, as specified by the MAT program. (Electives in applied music are strongly encouraged for theater education students.)

Theater Production/Administration track (9 credits)
This track has been suspended until further noticed. Theater production/administration courses are still open (as space allows) to students wishing to explore/study the discipline.

Theater and Community track (9 credits)

  • DR 310 Seminar/Lab in Community Focused Theater (3 credits)
  • DR 350 Playwriting (3 credits)

Plus one additional 200- or 300-level theater course. (Two courses if Seminar/Lab in Community Focused Theater is taken as core major requirement.)

Minor in Theater

The minor in theater provides students with a background in the primary areas of theater study and production while allowing them the flexibility to explore their particular interests.

Students select courses from an array of offerings in acting, directing, playwriting, design, stagecraft, theater history, theater for community, and theater for young audiences. Students also may earn theater practicum credit by working on the Theater for Community mainstage productions.

Required courses (12 credits):

  • DR 140 Stagecraft (3 credits)
  • DR 160 Introduction to Acting (3 credits)
  • DR 230 Directing or DR 350 Playwriting (3 credits)
  • DR 270 Theater History, Part I or DR 275 Theater History, Part II (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits):

  • Any two 200-400 level DR courses (3 credits each)

Special Opportunities

Students take part in a workshop at Abingdon Theatre

At Quinnipiac, our students learn from professionals.

Quinnipiac theater students have the opportunity to attend full-day playwriting workshops at a professional theater. Our partnership with the Abingdon Theater in New York City, a professional new play development theater, allows theater students to get professional feedback on plays they've written for class. After revising the script, the student works with a professional director and a cast of professional actors to stage the play at the Abingdon.

At right, Quinnipiac theater students during a workshop at the Abingdon Theater professionals, who visited campus in Fall 2013.