Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts – Areas of Study


      Musical Theatre


      Theatre Arts



This degree is appropriate for students who wish to study theatre within the broader context of a liberal arts education and to emphasize areas of concentration such as performance, design/technology, theatre arts management or drama studies.

Specific goals related to the B.A. in Theatre Arts include:

  1. To develop understanding and practice of theatre arts by focusing on the verbal, physical, visual and research aspects of the craft.
  2. To understand script analysis in order to develop an understanding of the relationship of production process to the period and style, content and structure of a script.
  3. To provide exposure to a wide variety of theatre repertory through the study of the history of theatre, its major dramatists, attending performances, and through the production of a variety of theatre works.
  4. To prepare students for entry-level positions in theatre performance, design and/or technology, theatre arts management and other entertainment industry related fields, as well as, for continuation with graduate studies, and/or teaching.
  5. To encourage students to explore breadth and variety in their educational pursuits to enhance their understanding of the world around them and to give them greater career versatility as a post-graduate.



This degree offers students knowledge of and training in all aspects of musical theatre within a liberal arts context in order to compete for employment opportunities in the entertainment industry where musical talent is utilized.

Students will develop the following skills:

  1. Vocal production and techniques for musical theatre sufficient to present complete roles in full productions.
  2. Vocal interpretation and role preparation skills that enable understanding and performance of roles in a wide variety of styles and formats.
  3. Musicianship, aural, keyboard, and analytic skills.
  4. Theatrical skills, acting competence, script analysis, stage movement, voice and diction for the actor, auditioning techniques, and related physical skills such as ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap and dance repertoire.
  5. Understanding of basic production elements such as make-up, costume, sets and props, and lighting.
  6. Knowledge of the musical theatre canon, along with its history and development within the theatre.
  7. Understanding of the entertainment business, its agents, and practices.
  8. Portfolio preparation of musical and non-musical repertoire for professional auditions and/or advanced studies.


For further information, see the university Undergraduate Catalog.


Contact Information
Dr. Justin P. Cowan, Chair
Department of Theatre Arts