Our dynamic and challenging curriculum is divided into three core concentrations: Performance, Design/Production, and Generalist. Students may also work with an advisor to develop an independent major.

For more information about NU Core requirements, course descriptions, and additional information see the Northeastern University catalog, maintained by the Registrar.

Required Courses

18 Courses = 60 SH

 

Foundational Stages (7 Required/22 SH)

THTR 1000 Theatre at Northeastern (1 SH)

THTR 1101 Introduction to Theatre (4 SH)

THTR 1120 Acting 1 (4 SH)

THTR 1131 Technical Theatre 1 (4 SH)

THTR 1270 Introduction to Theatrical Design (4 SH)

THTR 2325 From Script to Stage (4 SH)*

THTR 4100 Senior Theatre Career Seminar (1 SH)

 

Theatre Texts and Context (2 Required/8 SH)

Choose two:

THTR 2300 Theatre History: Greek Tragedy to Romanticism (4 SH)

THTR 2315 Rebels of Modern Drama (4 SH)

THTR 2320 America Onstage: Dramatizing the Dream (4 SH)

THTR 2340 Theatre and Society (4 SH)

 

Making Theatre (4 Required/10 SH)

THTR 1100 Production Experience (1 SH)

THTR 2000 Production Experience (1 SH)

THTR 3700 Rehearsal & Production: The Art of Collaboration (4 SH)

THTR 4702 Capstone Rehearsal & Production (4 SH)*

 

Advanced Technique (1 required/4 SH)

Choose one:

THTR 3450 Acting 3: Playing Shakespeare (4 SH)

THTR 3550 Directing for the Stage (4 SH)

THTR 3600 Production Design (4 SH)

 

Electives (4 required/16 SH):

Choose four:

THTR 1150 Dance History (4 SH)

THTR 1215 Activism and Performance (4 SH)

THTR 1220 African-American Theatre (4 SH)

THTR 1260 Movement for the Actor (4 SH)

THTR 2300 Theatre History (4 SH)

THTR 2310 History of Musical Theatre (4 SH)

THTR 2315 Rebels of Modern Drama (4 SH)

THTR 2320 America Onstage: Dramatizing the Dream (4 SH)

THTR 2330 Playwriting (4 SH)

THTR 2335 Boston Theatre Experience (4 SH)

THTR 2340 Theatre and Society (4 SH)

THTR 2342 Acting 2 (4 SH)

THTR 2345 Acting for Cameras (4 SH)

THTR 2346 Viewpoints (4 SH)

THTR 2360 Stage Makeup (4 SH)

THTR 2365 Technical Theatre 2 (4 SH)

THTR 2370 Lighting Design for the Stage (4 SH)

THTR 2380 Costume Design (4 SH)

THTR 2385 Costume Construction (4 SH)

THTR 2400 Scenic Design for the Stage (4 SH)

THTR 2600 Voice and Speech for the Actor (4 SH)

THTR 3300 Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Perf. (4 SH)

THTR 3450 Acting 3: Playing Shakespeare (4 SH)

THTR 3550 Directing for the Stage (4 SH)

THTR 3570 Musical Theatre Technique (4 SH)

THTR 4882 Singing for Musical Theatre (4 SH)

Stage Management (to be added)

Sound and Video Design for the Stage (to be added)

 

*Two required writing intensives in major

Double Major

Students may earn a double major by completing all requirements for two majors. A double major must have at least 16 distinct courses.

Students completing a double major receive one degree and one diploma. The two majors appear on the transcript. If the two majors are in different colleges, the degree is associated with the major in the home college. At the time a second major is declared, the student and advisor(s) will designate the home college in which he or she will be registered and from which he or she will be graduated. When the two components of the double major individually offer different degree designations, the student and advisor(s) will determine which degree designation will appear on the transcript and diploma.

For more information, see the Northeastern University catalog, maintained by the Registrar.

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a degree in theatre will be able to:

  1. Apply a broad and deep knowledge of theatre as an art form to their work, including:
    • Foundational skills in performance, design, and production
    • Comprehensive understanding of theatre history, theory, and literature
    • Oral, visual, written expression of ideas with clarity and originality
  2. Make theatre with integrity
    • Create or interpret a play
    • Collaborate generously
    • Apply a personalized technique to the process of making imaginative, innovative theatre
  3. Make informed choices as theatrical entrepreneurs through professional readiness
  4. Reflect on the cultural, social, and ethical impact and contributions that theatre has made to societies and communities

Frequency of Course Offerings

NOTE: This listing is a guide to the typical scheduling of Theatre courses.  These schedules are subject to change.

Foundational Stages

FALL

THTR 1000 Theatre at Northeastern (1-SH) – Offered every fall

THTR 1101 Introduction to Theatre (4 SH) – Offered every semester

THTR 1120 Acting 1 (4 SH) – Offered every fall

THTR 1270 Introduction to Theatrical Design (4 SH) – Usually offered every fall

THTR 2325 From Script to Stage (4 SH) – Usually offered every fall

 

SPRING

THTR 1101 Introduction to Theatre (4 SH) – Offered every semester

THTR 1131 Technical Theatre 1 (4 SH) – Offered every spring

 

Theatre Texts and Context

FALL

THTR 1150 Dance History (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (fall)

THTR 2315 Rebels of Modern Drama (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (fall)

THTR 2340 Theatre and Society (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (fall)

 

SPRING

THTR 1215 Activism and Performance (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

THTR 2300 Theatre History: Greek Tragedy to Romanticism (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

THTR 2320 Pioneers of American Theatre (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

THTR 2330 Playwriting (4 SH) – Offered every spring

THTR 2335 Boston Theatre Experience (4 SH) – Offered every spring

 

Performance

FALL

THTR 2345 Acting for Cameras (4 SH) — Usually offered every other year (fall)

THTR 2342 Acting 2 (4 SH) – Usually offered every fall

THTR 4882 Singing for Musical Theatre (4SH) — Usually offered every fall

 

SPRING

THTR 1250 Movement for the Actor (4 SH) – Usually offered every year (spring)

THTR 2346 Viewpoints (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

THTR 2600 Voice and Speech for the Actor (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

THTR 3570 Musical Theatre Technique (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

 

Design and Production

FALL

THTR 1230 The Evolution of Fashion and Costume – Usually offered every other year (fall)

THTR 1235 Fashion and Costume Design in Film and Television – Usually offered every other year (fall)

THTR 2365 Technical Theatre 2 (4 SH) – Usually offered every two years (fall)

THTR 2370 Lighting Design for the Stage (4 SH) – Offered every fall

THTR 2380 Costume Design (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (fall)

 

SPRING

THTR 2360 Stage Makeup (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

THTR 2400 Scenic Design for the Stage (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

 

EITHER SEMESTER

THTR 2385 Costume Construction (4 SH) – Offered every year

 

Making Theatre (4 Required/10 SH)

FALL & SPRING

THTR 1100 Production Experience 1 (1 SH) – Offered every semester

THTR 2000 Production Experience 2 (1 SH) – Offered every semester

THTR 3700 Rehearsal & Production: The Art of Collaboration (4 SH) – Offered every semester

THTR 4702 Capstone Rehearsal & Production (4 SH) – Offered every semester

 

Advanced Technique

THTR 3300 Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Performance (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

THTR 3450 Acting 3: Playing Shakespeare (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (spring)

THTR 3550 Directing for the Stage (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year (fall)

THTR 3600 Production Design (4 SH) – Usually offered every other year

THTR 4100 Senior Theatre Career Seminar (1 SH) – Usually offered every fall

 

Minors and Non-Majors

FALL & SPRING

THTR 1130 Introduction to Acting (4 SH) – Offered every semester

THTR 1125 Improvisation for Entrepreneurs (4 SH) – Offered every semester

THTR 1160 The Professional Voice (4 SH) – Offered every semester