Students majoring in theatre examine the history of performance and gain practical experience in production. All theatre majors take a common set of foundational courses and choose one of four concentration areas: acting; directing; design/technology/management; and dance and world performance. Rooted in the liberal arts, theatre courses challenge students to be excellent critical thinkers and creative communicators.
The theatre faculty is dedicated to students’ academic success and the development of their skills and talents. All theatre students are encouraged to pursue internship and professional development opportunities in the summer months.
Recent internship locations include Hartford Stage Company Education Department; PRG Technologies, a major Broadway set construction and lighting scene shop; Theatreworks in Hartford; the ACT Magnet School in Willimantic; Ogunquit (Maine) Playhouse; Goodspeed Opera House; Capital Classics; The Bushnell; and Children’s Hospital of Hartford.
Theatre students have opportunities to perform, direct, design, stage-manage, house manage and serve on run crews throughout their four years at Eastern. The Performing Arts Department produces four main stage shows each year — from the classics to musicals, cutting-edge dramas and multi-media performances. This annual season of plays is selected to give students opportunities to develop skills and talents in all areas of theatre, including music and dance. The Drama Society sponsors many student-led projects, and students participate in the freshman and senior showcases.
Each year theatre students participate in the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In May, students also present a show at an Off-Broadway theatre in New York City, taking advantage of the theatrical resources and opportunities the city has to offer. During the summer, theatre students may travel to London or Los Angeles on global field courses, and encounter international theatre forms in their studies from visiting guest artists, as well as student exchanges with China and Japan.
Graduates from Eastern’s Theatre program are professional actors, directors, designers and stage managers; are pursuing graduate study in theatre and performance-related fields; work for arts organizations across the country; teach at public and private schools; and are published and produced playwrights.
For more information about the Theatre Program, visit www.easternct.edu/performingarts/theatre/.