Theatre has the power to build bridges and open hearts.

Program Overview

With a major in Theatre from Dean College, you’ll have the hands-on experience and educational foundation to make your mark the theatre world. Dean College offers a bachelor’s degree and minor in Theatre. In the bachelor's degree program, you can choose from four customizable concentrations: 

Each program features our signature mix of intense coursework in theatre techniques and fundamentals with a broad foundation in essential subjects like English, history, art, music, math and science. You’ll study under our dedicated School of the Arts faculty and staff, who offer our students the knowledge and skills to thrive both in and out of the classroom. You’ll learn everything from the Stanislavsky acting method to dramatic literature and performance theory. You’ll also put theory into practice by gaining real-world experience in singing, acting, stage management, set design and so much more. And you’ll take part in main stage and student-directed productions as early as your first semester on campus, building the confidence and skills needed to become a well-rounded artist ready to take on the industry. 

Audition and Degree Requirements

Dean College students on stage during a theatre performance

About the Theatre Program

Watch this presentation to learn more about everything the Theatre program has to offer at Dean College.

Dean College theatre students in class

Hear from a Student

Get a student’s perspective about what it’s like to major in Theatre at Dean College.

Dean College students on stage during a theatre performance

Q&A with the Program Director

Get your questions answered by Professor Kozar, Theatre Program Coordinator.

A theatre professor helping students during a theatre rehearsal.

School of the Arts Faculty

Our faculty are experts in their fields. In small classes, you’ll work closely with your professors and learn from their experience.

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College theatre students Whether you crave a role on the stage or behind the scenes, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to practice your art at Dean College.

On campus, we present several theatre productions each year—from classic plays and comedies to musicals and the avant-garde—so you can find your niche as an actor, singer, dancer, director, lighting/set/costume designer or stage manager. Off campus, you’ll explore the theatre world through internships, a senior showcase in New York and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Our graduates go on to graduate school and to successful careers in acting, singing, dancing, design/technical work, dramaturgy and teaching. You’ll find Bulldogs starring in roles at NBC Universal, Community Little Theatre, Walt Disney, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Hanover Theater, Neighborhood Musical School, InMusic Brands, Canobie Lake Park, Universal Studios, College Light Opera Company and so much more. 

Uniquely Dean

Dean College theatre students Hone your craft through the unique programming and performance opportunities that the Dean College Theatre program has to offer.
  • Learn from award-winning practitioners and scholars of acting, set design and musical theatre through coursework, master classes and workshops.
  • Attend master classes taught by guest artists and industry professionals. Recent master class guests have included Gabrielle Hamilton, award-winning Broadway cast member of the reimagined musical Oklahoma! and its national touring company, and Chris Rice-Thomson, a member of the touring company of Hamilton.
  • Participate in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.
  • Get involved with summer stock companies throughout New England.
  • Receive highly specialized injury prevention and care services, provided by our full-time performing arts athletic trainer, Amanda Donahue. Learn more about how she works with Theatre and Dance students.
  • Meet industry professionals through our “Storytime” series via Zoom, a talk-show format featuring leaders in the arts and entertainment industry.
  •  Audition for industry representatives, casting directors and agents at industry showcases.
  • Study away through the Disney College Program, Washington Center or one of our many study abroad opportunities.
  • Dean College was ranked #5 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category.
  • Dean was listed as one of the "Top 20 Musical Theatre Programs That Should Be On Your List" by The College Audition.

Space to Learn and Perform

As a Theatre major at Dean, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take the stage in our first-class performance and teaching venues, study on-stage and behind-the-scenes techniques and receive support from our talented faculty and staff. Explore the photo gallery below to see the spaces you’ll learn and perform in.

Program Requirements 

Prospective students applying to the Theatre program must complete both an audition and an application for admission. For Fall 2022, we are offering in person, virtual and video auditions.  Additional off-campus audition opportunities are also available. Learn more about the audition process, requirements and dates.

Dean College offers both an associate and bachelor’s degree program in Theatre. For the bachelor’s degree program, you may choose from four concentrations: Acting, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre and Theatre Studies. See the course listings below to learn more about each concentration.

Acting

Course Number Course Title Credits
THA 101 Introduction to Theatre l: The Curtain Rises 2
THA 102 Introduction to Theatre ll: Finding Your Light 2
THA 113 Basic Performance l 2
THA 114 Basic Performance ll 2
THA 131 Production and Design l: Stagecraft 2
THA 132 Production and Design ll: Lighting 2
THA 220 The Business of the Biz 1
THA 230 Script Production and Analysis 1
THA 240 Voice and Articulation 1
THA x23 Rehearsal and Performance 1
THA 231 OR THA 330 Stage Management or Theatre Pedagogy 3
THA 251 OR THA 243 Theatre History and Literature l: Aeschylus to Everyman or A History of Musical Theatre 3
THA 341 Theatre History and Literature ll: Shakespeare to lbsen 3
THA 342 Theatre History and Literature lll: Modern and Contemporary Drama 3
THA 402 Senior Project 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
THA 235 Acting l: The Fundamentals of Truth 2
THA 236 Acting ll: Scene Study 2
THA 245 Voice and Movement for the Actor 1
THA 315 Acting Lab 1
THA 333 Acting lll: Acting Shakespeare 2
THA 350 Stage Combat 1
THA 325 Audition Strategies 1
THA 434 Acting IV: Acting for the Camera 2
THA 435 Acting V: Period Drama 2
THA 445 Acting VI: Special Topics in Acting 2
THA X23 Rehearsal and Performance 7
Total Credits 63

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Acting Track Electives 18
Total Credits 18

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22

Musical Theatre

Course Number Course Title Credits
THA 101 Introduction to Theatre l: The Curtain Rises 2
THA 102 Introduction to Theatre ll: Finding Your Light 2
THA 113 Basic Performance l 2
THA 114 Basic Performance ll 2
THA 131 Production and Design l: Stagecraft 2
THA 132 Production and Design ll: Lighting 2
THA 220 The Business of the Biz 1
THA 230 Script Production and Analysis 1
THA 240 Voice and Articulation 1
THA x23 Rehearsal and Performance 1
THA 231 OR THA 330 Stage Management or Theatre Pedagogy 3
THA 251 OR THA 243 Theatre History and Literature l: Aeschylus to Everyman or A History of Musical Theatre 3
THA 341 Theatre History and Literature ll: Shakespeare to lbsen 3
THA 342 Theatre History and Literature lll: Modern and Contemporary Drama 3
THA 402 Senior Project 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
THA 235 Acting l: The Fundamentals of Truth 2
THA 245 Voice and Movement for the Actor 1
THA 243 A History of Musical Theatre 3
THA 245 OR DAN XXX Voice and Movement for the Actor or Dance Technique (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop or Modern Dance) 8
MUS 124 Applied Voice 8
MUS 181 Fundamentals of Music 3
THA 361 Musical Theatre l: Fundamentals of Acting in Musical Theatre 2
THA 362 Musical Theatre ll: Song as Text 2
THA 363 Musical Theatre lll: Scene Study 2
THA 325 Audition Strategies 1
THA X23 Rehearsal and Performance 7
Total Credits 79

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Musical Theatre Track Electives 5
Total Credits 5

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22

Technical Theatre

Course Number Course Title Credits
THA 101 Introduction to Theatre l: The Curtain Rises 2
THA 102 Introduction to Theatre ll: Finding Your Light 2
THA 113 Basic Performance l 2
THA 114 Basic Performance ll 2
THA 131 Production and Design l: Stagecraft 2
THA 132 Production and Design ll: Lighting 2
THA 220 The Business of the Biz 1
THA 230 Script Production and Analysis 1
THA 240 Voice and Articulation 1
THA x23 Rehearsal and Performance 1
THA 330 Theatre Pedagogy 3
THA 251 OR THA 243 Theatre History and Literature l: Aeschylus to Everyman or A History of Musical Theatre 3
THA 341 Theatre History and Literature ll: Shakespeare to lbsen 3
THA 342 Theatre History and Literature lll: Modern and Contemporary Drama 3
THA 402 Senior Project 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
ART 102 Survey of Studio Art 3
ART 230 Basic Drawing 3
THA 231 Stage Management 3
THA 331 Production and Design lll: Costume and Make-up for the Stage 2
THA 370 Concepts of Theatre Design 3
THA 475 Technical Portfolio Creation and Dramaturgy 3
THA 431 Production and Design IV: Sound and Digital Applications 2
THA 441 Production and Design V: Advanced Theatre Design 2
THA X23 Rehearsal and Performance 5
Total Credits 66

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Technical Theatre Electives 15
Total Credits 15

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22

Theatre Studies

Course Number Course Title Credits
THA 101 Introduction to Theatre l: The Curtain Rises 2
THA 102 Introduction to Theatre ll: Finding Your Light 2
THA 113 Basic Performance l 2
THA 114 Basic Performance ll 2
THA 131 Production and Design l: Stagecraft 2
THA 132 Production and Design ll: Lighting 2
THA 220 The Business of the Biz 1
THA 230 Script Production and Analysis 1
THA 240 Voice and Articulation 1
THA x23 Rehearsal and Performance 1
THA 231 OR THA 330 Stage Management or Theatre Pedagogy 3
THA 251 OR THA 243 Theatre History and Literature l: Aeschylus to Everyman or A History of Musical Theatre 3
THA 341 Theatre History and Literature ll: Shakespeare to lbsen 3
THA 342 Theatre History and Literature lll: Modern and Contemporary Drama 3
THA 402 Senior Project 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
HIS 151 World History l, to 1500 3
HIS 152 World History ll, 1500 to Present 3
HIS 253 OR HIS 314 Post/War: 20th Centruy Europe or Renaissance and Reformation of Europe 3
HIS 310 OR HIS 311 Harlem Renaissance or August Wilson and the African-American Experience 3
ENG 331 Writing for Arts and the Entertainment World 3
THA 251 OR THA 243 Theatre History and Literature l: Aeschylus to Everyman or A History of Musical Theatre 3
THA 313 Performance Theory and Criticism 3
THA 324 Theatre Staging and Direction 3
THA 475 Technical Portfolio Creation and Dramaturgy 3
Total Credits 67

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Theatre Studies Electives 14
Total Credits 14

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22