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Guilford’s vibrant Theatre Studies Department offers both majors and non-majors the opportunity to experience the collaborative process of bringing a shared vision of a script from the page to the stage through the medium of theatrical production. Classes develop the skills essential to this process: critical thinking, research methods, intuitive reasoning, communication, project planning and time management, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership.
The integration of theory and practice is fundamental to the program, as it is to successful theatre. The conceptual learning of formal course work is complemented by participation in theatrical productions, which are chosen with attention to the developmental needs of the current student population. In a four-year period, students will experience a broad range of styles and periods of dramatic literature in performance.
As Theatre Studies majors, students choose between four specialized tracks (generalist, design/tech, history/literature and performance), while minors choose between two (theatre arts and film and video). The minor track in theatre arts provides students from other majors the opportunity to study an intensely collaborative art form from multiple perspectives. The minor track in film and video serves students of any major, including Theatre Studies, who seek a serious exploration of film as an artistic medium.
Theater Studies graduates have been accepted into programs at Yale, NYU, Harvard, Columbia, Tufts, UCLA, Rutgers and Indiana universities. Others have gone on to careers in professional theatre as actors, administrators, designers, directors and technicians. Several have followed successful career paths outside the theatre, in fields as diverse as law, medicine, psychology, education and social work.