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Theatre Studies Department

Theatre Studies

A.B., Major, Minor

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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.

College Catalog

For more information about courses within the Theatre Studies Major, visit the Academic Departments and Majors page in the College Catalog. For more information about courses within the Theatre Studies Minor, visit the Minors page in the College Catalog. In addition to the Undergraduate Catalog, information includes academic department and major information as well as academic regulations and resources; admission standards and requirements; and tuition, fees and financial aid information.

Hands-on Learning

Theatre Studies majors have practiced their skills — and gained new ones — while opening the doors for post-graduation careers at the following theatre companies:

  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival
  • Washington National Opera
  • Body Politic Theatre
  • N.C. Shakespeare Festival
  • Shakespeare Santa Cruz
  • PlayMakers Repertory Company
  • Theatre in the Square
  • Guthrie Theatre
  • Bread and Puppet Theater
  • Triad Stage

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Auditions: Auditions for our productions are open to all students regardless of major or year in school. Generally, auditions are held within the first two weeks of each semester, but additional auditions are sometimes held at other times.
  • Backstage: Any student can be involved in our productions. You can be a part of the production team through our practicum program, through THEA 111 (Backstage Production, 4 credits ), or THEA 195 (Mainstage Tech, 1-4 credits). Practicum students work alongside faculty, guest artists and other students in a collaborative process that culminates in a fully realized theatre production.
  • Guests: The department brings practicing theatre artists of high caliber to the campus to work with students. Distinguished guests have included Edward Albee, Simon Bent, Burke Brown, Tandy Cronyn, Tony Kushner, Maria Irene Fornes, Robbie MacLean, Sidney Poitier, Mark Rucker, Larry Singer and Anna Deavere Smith.
  • Internships: We encourage students to expand their skills through internships with professional theatre companies and other arts organizations. Internships can be completed during the fall or winter terms, summer or during January term.