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.

Theatre Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
THA 111 Introduction to Theatre 3
THA 113 Basic Performance I 3
THA 114 Basic Performance II 3
THA 131 Technical Production I: Stagecraft 3
THA 132 Technical Production II: Lighting 3
THA 305 Theatre Ensemble 3
THA 341 Shakespeare and the Classics 3
THA 342 Modern Drama 3
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 2
THA 495 Senior Showcase 3
Total Credits 30

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 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
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
ENG 331 Writing for the Arts and Entertainment World 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 43

Course Number Course Title Credits
Unless completing a double major, students must complete a specialization
ACTING SPECIALIZATION
THA 233 Acting I: Improvisation and Text Analysis 3
THA 234 Acting II: Scene Study 3
THA 240 Vocal Technique for the Stage 3
THA 245 Dance and Movement for the Stage 3
THA 333 Acting III: Acting Shakespeare and the Classics 3
THA 434 Acting IV: Acting for the Camera 3
THA 315 Acting Lab 3
THA 350 Advanced Stage Combat 3
THA 425 Auditioning and Interviewing 3
Open Electives Open Electives 21
MUSICAL THEATRE SPECIALIZATION
MUS 181 Fundamentals of Music 3
THA 240 Vocal Technique for the Stage 3
THA 245 Dance and Movement for the Stage 3
THA 233 Acting I: Improvisation and Text Analysis 3
THA 234 Acting II: Scene Study 3
THA 301 American Musical Theatre Repertoire 3
THA 361 Performing Musical Theatre I 3
THA 362 Performing Musical Theatre II 3
THA 363 Performing Musical Theatre III 3
THA 425 Auditioning and Interviewing 3
MUS 123/124 Applied Voice for Musical Theatre Majors 8
Open Electives Open Electives 10
TECHNICAL THEATRE SPECIALIZATION
ART 102 Survey of Studio Art 3
THA 231 Basic Stage Management 3
THA 331 Technical Production III: Costume and Make-up for the Stage 3
THA 324 Theatrical Staging and Direction 3
THA 370 Concepts of Theatre Design 3
THA 475 Technical Portfolio Creation and Dramaturgy 3
Open Electives Open Electives 30
THEATRE STUDIES SPECIALIZATION
HIS 151 World History I, to 1500 3
HIS 152 World History II, 1500 to Present 3
HIS 253 or HIS 314 Post/War: 20th Century Europe or Renaissance and Reformation Europe 3
HIS 310 or HIS 311 Harlem Renaissance or August Wilson and the African American 20th Century 3
MUS 243 American Musical Theatre 3
ENG 320 or THA 411 Advanced Essay Writing or Playwriting 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
THA 324 Theatrical Staging and Direction 3
THA 475 Technical Portfolio Creation and Dramaturgy 3
Open Electives Open Electives 21
Total Credits 192

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19