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About Theatre

A major in Theatre will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of contemporary Western theatre. Students will study theatrical processes from a variety of perspectives in order to gain an understanding of, and experience in, the work of the various disciplines involved in mounting theatrical productions. To that end, students will take courses in developing performance skills, theoretical and historical study, the art and craft of design and technical theatre, and the conceptual and organizational skills involved in directing for the theatre. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to put into practice what they are learning in the classroom through hands-on engagement in the preparation and presentation of performances produced in the department. This pragmatic approach prepares students to face the challenging realities of making a life in the performing arts. Students graduate with knowledge of how to look for work, with the desire and ability to do the work, and with an understanding of the need to grow as an artist beyond graduation.

Majors include: Theatre (general), Theatre with Design concentration, and Theatre with Technical Theatre concentration.

For Orientation

On Campus: Transfer Students

Be sure to request an official copy of your previous College transcripts be sent to Columbia for review. The Office of Transcript Evaluation will send what class/credits have transferred and which courses will be applied towards the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements. You will receive a separate notice via email from the Theatre Department regarding which transfer credits will be applied towards requirements in the major. You can also meet with the Theatre Academic Coordinator at the Transfer Suite on your Orientation day.

Recommended First-Semester Classes

We recommend you register for the following in your first semester:

  • • 55-4323/31-2800 Playwriting Workshop I
  • • 31-1251 Theatre Foundation I: Making Theatre*

*Theatre programs are very popular this year. If you are unable to register for Theatre Foundation I: Making Theatre in your first semester, you will take it during your second semester. Other first semester suggested courses, for Elective credit, include:

  • • 31-1200 Acting I: Basic Skills
  • • 31-1300 Voice Training for the Actor I
  • • 31-1305 Body Movement for Actors I
  • • 31-1310 Feldenkrais: Awareness through Movement
  • • 31-1350 Speaking Out
  • • 31-1435 Musical Theatre Dance for the Singer/Actor
  • • 31-1500 Prod Tech: Crew
  • • 31-1510 Drafting for Theatre
  • • 31-1680 Foundations of Makeup
  • • 31-2800 Playwriting Workshop I

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