The theatre arts program at Saint Martin's University is designed to incorporate the best of Saint Martin’s liberal arts tradition with hands-on, professional-quality theatrical experience.

Program highlights

Saint Martin’s small size enables Theatre Arts faculty to involve students in hands-on experience with all aspects of theatre, including:

  • Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Directing
  • Stage management
  • Set design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Props Design

Students wishing to specialize in a particular area receive intensive training with professional mentors.

Additional Benefits:

The opportunity to experience a hands-on approach to virtually all aspects of theatrical production enables students to truly understand the world of theatre and gain valuable skills they will able to re-purpose in other professional fields they may choose to pursue.

Students often intern with a number of the area’s professional companies, including Harlequin Productions, Theatre Artists Olympia and Taproot Theatre.

Many of our graduates continue to do theatre, either professionally or as an avocation, but many find success in other fields besides the arts, including:

  • Education
  • Social Services
  • Law
  • Business

Though it is notoriously difficult to make a living in the performing arts, the skills you develop in our theatre program - communication, aesthetic judgment, emotional understanding, organization ability - will serve you well, whatever your chosen field.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Requirements

Major

  • 40-46 semester hours in CORE requirements
  • 36 semester hours, at least 21 of which are upper division
  • All students majoring in theatre arts are expected to work on each production each semester

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of CORE (general) requirements for bachelor's degrees.

THR 201Fundamentals of Theatrical Design and Technology
THR 211Acting I
THR 302Play Writing
THR 305Styles, Periods and Practices in Theatre
THR 311Acting II
THR 450Directing Practicum (must have three semester hours credit)
ENG 203Introduction to Drama
ENG 341Shakespeare

Plus 12 semester hours chosen from:

THR 205/350Acting Practicum
THR 290/390Internship
THR 320Scene Design
THR 330Costume Design
THR 340Lighting Design
THR 260/360Design/Tech Practicum

THR 250, 260, 290, 350, 360, 390 and 450 are offered on a variable-credit basis. The number of semester hours of credit, 1 to 4, earned will be based on the size and/or complexity of the role to be played or the production support tasks being undertaken. Proficiency in a foreign language is strongly recommended for those intending to apply for graduate studies leading to a master’s and/or doctoral degree.

Minor

  • 21 semester hours of theatre arts courses
THR 201Fundamentals of Theatrical Design and Technology
THR 211Acting I
THR 250/350Acting Practicum (must have three semester hours credit)
THR 305
-or-
THR 311
Styles, Periods and Practices in Theatre
-or-
Acting II
ENG 203
-or-
ENG 341
Introduction to Drama
-or-
Shakespeare
THR 302
-or-
THR 450
Play Writing
-or-
Directing Practicum

Plus three semester hours chosen from:

THR 290/390Internship
THR 320Scene Design
THR 330Costume Design
THR 340Lighting Design
THR 260/360Design/Tech Practicum

 

Faculty