Diverse and exciting offering of courses: We train students to create theatre that is forward-thinking, challenging and imaginative, preparing them for entry into competitive careers or advanced training programs. We emphasize collaboration and critical thinking, which prepares students to work in interdisciplinary contexts and as contributing members of their future communities. We offer numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, allowing our students to participate in productions from the very beginning of their training. Small class sizes - we value a deep level of mentorship and active engagement with our students, as teachers and advisors. The Drama program is comprised of and encourages multiple perspectives, including but not limited to those shaped by race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, class, ability and national origin. Partnerships with local and national theatres, providing workforce training and specialized internships.
The study of theatre equips a student with a broad range of communication and organizational skills applicable to many careers, including those in the performing arts. The theatre major's presentation skills, ability to perform in public, and control of the voice and body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others. Theatre also develops the ability to concentrate intensely, to listen introspectively, observe keenly, solve problems creatively, think critically, develop a project collaboratively, work independently, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and to maintain composure when faced with the unexpected. Well-developed communication skills enable graduates to contribute and to succeed in many professions. For example, the ability to put feelings and impressions about the world into words is needed by such diverse professionals as a theatre critic and a drama therapist. A sample of representative skills and abilities follows: