Theatre Arts


Sal Trapani , Chair
Berkshire Hall 148, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8258
(203) 837-8912 (fax)


Pam McDaniel , Associate Chair
Berkshire Hall 135, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8422
(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Karen Walsh , Department Secretary
Berkshire Hall 120b, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8250
(203) 837-8912 (fax)


S. Trapani, Chair F. Herbert P. McDaniel, Associate Chair
E. Popiel    

Adjunct Faculty

M. Hammill S. Swan J. Turey
B. Walton    


The Department of Theatre Arts provides a strong theoretical and practical approach to the study of the art and craft of theatre. Students who major in theatre arts prepare for graduate studies and/or careers directly related to performance, design/technology, management and dramaturgy. Students also combine theatre studies with other majors and/or minors such as music, art and media, to enhance work opportunities within the entertainment industry.

In addition to its academic functions, the department serves the campus and community by offering diverse theatrical performances including, musicals, traditional plays, and plays for children. Connections to the greater theatre community are promoted through sponsorship of professional training workshops and performances of guest artists.

Our proximity to New York City (one hour to mid-town Manhattan) gives us an opportunity to make excellent use of its vast resources. The theatre faculty maintains close ties with professional organizations, activities and research facilities within the area and opportunities are regularly planned to introduce students to the professional environment.


The theatre department keeps consistent with the university’s mission to serve as an accessible and responsive intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. The theatre department provides a thorough, modern education in the theory, skills and technology of theatre production and performance that is tailored to the individual student’s background and career objectives.


To accomplish this mission the Department of Theatre Arts:

  • Offers its students the highest quality undergraduate programs in performance, theory, theatre technology and design by professors that have worked professionally in their field and maintain high academic credentials in their respective areas.
  • Emphasizes performance and production techniques, dramatic theory, writing and theatre management throughout the undergraduate curriculum to develop students’ ability to under- stand and deliver appropriate performance and theoretical concepts and to apply and utilize these techniques in a professional setting.
  • Provides studio and theatrical experiences using public and classroom productions to entertain live audiences. Our season each year consists of two main stage productions, two large-scale children’s musicals, studio productions, and a variety of workshops and readings which promote further interest in the university and its programs.
  • Organizes a residency of our students in New York for a week to perform off-Broadway, take workshops, visit network television and theatrical venues and meet theatre professionals.
  • Organizes a bi-annual trip to perform at Edinburgh International Theatre Festival in Scotland.
  • Provides a personalized learning environment for students through faculty mentored undergraduate research/creative projects and internships.
  • Prepares students for graduate education in any area of the theatre arts and education.
  • Assists students in discerning appropriate careers through diligent advising.
  • Provides students with connections and references to professional organizations (such as USITT), internship programs and job placement opportunities.
  • Arranges for New York theatre professionals to travel to our campus to conduct workshops in all aspects of theatre training.
  • Provides and fosters the growth and development of faculty by encouraging research, attendance at professional meetings, publication and presentation of scholarly work and creative performance.
  • Collaborates with organizations and institutions in all areas of the entertainment industry within the tri-state area to support professional growth of
    faculty as well as internship opportunities for
  • Expresses its strong commitment to the community by collaborating with regional elementary, junior and senior high school educators to further our programs in children’s theatre.

Degree Programs in Theatre Arts (B.A.)



Theatre Arts Management

Drama Studies




Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (B.A.)


Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below by option and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including foreign language and physical education.

Student Standing

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0, with 2.5 in courses used to satisfy major requirements. Courses with grades lower than “C “ will not be accepted as meeting the requirements for the major.

Major Core Requirements (37 SH)

THR 181 Acting I:  An Introduction

THR 182 Technical Theatre

THR 202 Technical Theatre II

THR 279 History of Theatre

THR 283 Stage Design or THR 383 Methods of Scenic Art and Craft

THR 284 Costume & Makeup

THR 289 Children's Theatre Practicum or THR 390 Play Production

THR 300 Speech Activity-- (1-1-1-1-1-1-1)

THR 382 Directing I

THR 387 Production & Performance Lab

THR 490 Senior Portfolio--Theatre Arts

Options (select one)--Required in addition to general education and art core.

Design/Tech Option (15 SH)

THR 383 Methods of Scenic Art and Craft

THR 386 Lighting

Choose 9 SH from the following with no more than 6 SH at 100 level:

COM 110 Sight, Sound and Motion

ART 108 Design I

ART 111 Drawing I

COM 146 Basic Video Production

COM 235 Preproduction for Television and Film (prereq. COM 146)

THR 125 Design for Media

THR 297 Cooperative Education

THR 390 Play Production (if THR 289 used in Core)

THR 402 Honors Seminar in Theatre Arts


Theatre Arts Management Option (15 SH)

COM 310 Business and Professional Speaking

MGT 102 Introduction to Business (Prereq. PSY 100)

MIS 260 Information Systems Concepts

MKT 301 Principles of Marketing

Choose 3 SH from the following:

ACC 201 Financial Accounting (Prereq. MAT 098 or test score)

COM 362 Organizational Communication (Prereq. COM 161 & 268 or 310)

ENG 245 Technical Writing (Prereq. ENG 101 or 145 or placement)

MGT 250 Organizational Behavior (Prereq. PSy 100)

MGT 251 Human Resources Management Prereq. MGT 250)

MKT 310 Consumer Behavior:  Concepts, Research Methods, and Application (Prereq. MKT 301 and FIN 230 or another basic statistics course)

MKT 315 Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications

THR 297 Cooperative Education

THR 402 Honors Seminar in Theatre Arts (3)


Drama Studies Option (15 SH)

ENG 307 Shakespeare I

ENG 308 shakespeare II

THR/ENG 244 Playwriting

Choose 6 SH from the following:

COM 372 Film and Literature

THR 163 Oral Interpretation of Literature

THR/ENG 205 Literature for the Stage I

THR/ENG 206 Literature for the Stage II

THR 297 Cooperative Education

THR/ENG 346 Advanced Playwriting

THR 363 Advanced Oral Interpretation (Prereq. THR 163)

THR 402 Honors Seminar in Theatre Arts (3)


Performance Option (15 SH)

THR 150 Performance Techniques:  Integration of Voice and Movement

THR 260 Voice and Diction

THR 281 Acting II:  Characterization, Theory and Practice

THR 388 Acting III:  Period Styles

Choose 3 SH from the following:

THR 201 Creative Dramatics

THR 252 Acting for the Camera

THR 285 Body Movement and Mime

THR 389  Auditioning Techniques for the Actor

THR 402 Honors Seminar in Theatre Arts (3)

THR 482 Directing II:  Styles, Theory and Practice


Minor in Theatre

Eighteen (18) semester hours in theatre which must include at least 12 semester hours above the 100 level.  Emphasis must be on theatre arts.


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