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Theatre Program

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The Theatre program offers many opportunities for students to work on-stage, backstage and front-of-house through classes, independent studies, internships, and practicum work. Students also showcase their talents in full-length major productions, one-acts, original plays and staged readings. Students can also join an active Drama Society.

The Theatre Program is housed in Eastern’s beautiful Fine Arts Instructional Center, which opened in January 2016. The new building features a Proscenium Thrust Theatre, a Studio Theatre with flexible seating, performance/dance labs, and state-of-the-art classrooms. Performances in other sites throughout the campus and on tour are offered as well.

Touring opportunities include Children’s Theatre and Reader’s Theatre in schools throughout Connecticut; the NYC Showcase of Student Talent in New York City; the Los Angeles Spring Break Program; the Prague Quadrennial program, and the month-long Summer in London program. The Theatre program also has guest artist residencies built into it each semester.

Co-Chair, Theatre
David Pellegrini
FAIC Room 225
(860) 465-5583
Performing Arts Office
FAIC 244
(860) 465-5325
(860) 465-5764
Box Office Manager
Andrea Costa
(860) 465-5123
Student actors performing in a play on stage
Student actors performing in a play on stage
Student actors performing in a play on stage
Student actor singing on stage

Programs of Study

  • Theatre majors at Eastern examine the history of performance and gain practical experience in production. They work onstage, backstage and front-of-house through classes, independent studies, internships, practica and study tours, and on full-length major productions, one-acts, original plays and staged readings. The Theatre program produces four main stage shows each year, giving students many opportunities to develop skills and talents in all areas of theatre and dance. Concentrations include Acting; Dance and Performance; Directing; and Theatre Technology, Design and Management.

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  • New Media Studies offers students an innovative program of study that is structured in three tiers. New Media Studies majors in Visual Art will be prepared for careers in such fields as digital motion graphics, game and apps design, social media applications for advertising and marketing, digital projections and special effects for live performance, audio/video production, 2-D and 3-D animation, and as creative mixed-media artists working primarily with digital technologies.

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  • The interdisciplinary minor in Costume and Fashion Design helps students develop skills and abilities in costume and fashion design. Using hands-on and computer-aided design & illustration techniques, students accessories and learn the basics of textile design & production.

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  • The Film Studies minor complements majors in Communication, the Visual and Performing Arts, English, History and Modern Languages. Students are prepared for careers or further study in the areas of film and video techniques, history and criticism.

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