Act, sing, dance, direct a show, design costumes or teach drama—with a theatre major from Dean College, you’ll have the tools to build a dynamic career in any aspect of theatre.

Theatre at Dean College

Theatre has the power to build bridges and open hearts. And with a major in theatre from Dean College, you’ll have the hands-on experience and educational foundation to build a dynamic career in any aspect of the theatre world. 

Pursue your passion for the theatre. From singing and acting to stage management and set design, the theatre program at Dean College has it all. 

In the bachelor's degree program, you can choose from four concentrations: 

  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Technical Theatre 
  • Theatre Studies

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 learn everything from the Stanislavsky acting method to dramatic literature and performance theory. 

Learn from the Best

Our dedicated School of the Arts faculty and staff offer our students the knowledge and skills to thrive both in and out of the classroom. 

Beyond the Classroom

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. Whatever path you choose, you can be confident that you’ll have the knowledge and skills you need to make your mark.

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Theatre program best of breed? 

  • Learn from award-winning practitioners and scholars of acting, set design and musical theatre. 
  • Participate in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.
  • Audition for industry representatives.

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree*
    1. Acting
    2. Musical Theatre
    3. Technical Theatre
    4. Theatre Studies 
  • Associate Degree 

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor's Degree program.

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 2019-20

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 2019-20

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 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
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 2019-20

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 2019-20