The Theatre Arts Program is based on the premise that learning and practicing the discipline of theatre makes us effective communicators, courageous performers and compassionate leaders.

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
  • Theatre arts courses (36 semester hours, at least 21 of which are upper-division)
    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 250/350Acting 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
  • Theatre arts courses (21 semester hours)
    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

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of theatre arts requirements.

What to expect at Saint Martin's

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.

Research and internships

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

What can I do with this major?

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 whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

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