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.

Theatre Background and History

Complete the following three courses:

THTR 1000 Theatre at Northeastern (1-SH)
THTR 1101 Art of the Theatre (4-SH)
THTR 2300 Theatre History (4-SH)

Onstage

Complete the following three courses:

THTR 1120 Acting 1 (4-SH)
THTR 2325 Script Analysis for the Stage (4-SH)
THTR 3550 Concepts of Directing (4-SH)

Backstage

Complete the following two courses:

THTR 1131 Technical Theatre 1 (4-SH)
THTR 1270 Theatrical Design (4-SH)

History/Literature/Criticism

Complete three courses from the following list:

THTR 1210 Theatre and Society (4-SH)
THTR 2315 Theatre/Modernism (4-SH)
THTR 2335 Contemporary Theatre (4-SH)
THTR 3450 Shakespeare in Performance (4-SH)
THTR 3500 Dramatic Theory/Criticism (4-SH)

Rehearsal and Performance

Complete the following (repeatable) course three times:

THTR 4701 Rehearsal and Performance (4-SH)

and complete the following course:

THTR 4702 Capstone Rehearsal & Performance (4-SH)

Theatre Concentration

In addition, theatre majors are asked to complete a concentration in performance, or production, or complete general electives as listed below.

Concentration in Performance

Complete the following three courses:

THTR 1250 Voice and Movement 1 for Theatre (4-SH)
THTR 2342 Acting 2 (4-SH)
THTR 2343 Acting 3 (4-SH)

Concentration in Production

Complete the following course:

THTR 2365 Technical Theatre 2 (4-SH)

and two additional courses from the following list:

THTR 2370 Lighting Design for the Stage (4-SH)
THTR 2380 Costume Design (4-SH)
THTR 2385 Pattern Drafting and Costume Construction (4-SH)
THTR 3460 Scenic Design for the Stage (4-SH)
THTR 3465 Theatrical Drafting (4-SH)

Theatre General Electives

Complete three intermediate or advanced (4-SH) theatre courses from the following range:

THTR 2300 to THTR 4699

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.

Half-Major

To complete a Half-Major in Theatre, students take 9 courses:

  • 5 at an introductory level
  • 4 at an intermediate or advanced level

The pedagogy involved in many Theatre courses and activities includes developing the students’ abilities to synthesize ideas across the curriculum (CAMD and university-wide), in order to critically understand a play’s world and to effectively create theatrical representations of the play’s ideas.

A half-major in theatre combined with another half-major in a complementary field allows performing arts students to develop the critical skills needed to discover, to interpret, and to evaluate social ideas before they consider how to creatively translate critical thoughts into effective images on stage. Similarly, students whose major resides in media, screen studies, communication, digital technologies, visual arts, music, architecture as well as the sciences, history, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, human services, and so on will find theatre studies courses and activities helpful as they work across the curriculum with the intent to develop a critical framework and a set of skills that enrich their understanding of the human condition through interpreting and creating stage-worthy images.

Requirements

Complete 5 Introductory Courses:

THTR 1101 Art of the Theatre (4-SH)
THTR 1120 Acting 1 (4-SH)
THTR 1131 Technical Theatre 1 (4-SH)
THTR 1210 Theatre and Society (4-SH)
THTR 1270 Theatrical Design (4-SH)

Complete one of the following Experiential Learning Courses:

THTR 4701 Rehearsal and Performance (4-SH)

 or

THTR 4702 Capstone Rehearsal and Performance (4-SH)

Elective Requirement 1

Select any 1 THTR literature, history, theory, criticism course at the 2000 or 3000 level:

THTR 2300 Theatre History (4-SH)
THTR 2315 Theatre/Modernism (4-SH)
THTR 2325 Script Analysis for the Stage (4-SH)
THTR 2330 Playwriting 1 (4-SH)
THTR 2335 Contemporary Theatre (4-SH)
THTR 3500 Dramatic Theory/Criticism (4-SH)

Elective Requirement 2

Select any 2 THTR practice–based courses at the 2000 or 3000 level:

THTR 2342 Acting 2 (4-SH)
THTR 2345 Acting for Cameras (4-SH)
THTR 2370 Lighting Design for the Stage (4-SH)
THTR 2380 Costume Design (4-SH)
THTR 3460 Scenic Design for the Stage (4-SH)
THTR 3470 Theatre and Technology (4-SH)
THTR 3550 Concepts of Directing (4-SH)

Independent Major

Students with academic interests not available in the context of existing majors, minors, and double majors may propose a combined or independent major. In these majors, students pursue in-depth study in areas that are supported and approved by the appropriate Northeastern faculty members.

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

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a major or combined major in Theatre incorporate a liberal arts education with the study of Theatre. Graduating NU Theatre students acquire competencies in the following areas.

History, Theory, and Literature: Demonstrate knowledge of theatre history, dramatic literature and theory within diverse cultural, social, moral, interdisciplinary, and contemporary contexts.

Creative Praxis (Synthesizing Theory with Practice): Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret play scripts and transfer that understanding into making skillful imaginative and innovative theatrical events in one or more areas of concentrations (acting, directing, design, dramaturgy, technology, playwriting, stage management, and administration).

Aesthetic Intelligence: Demonstrate the capability to critically analyze, research, evaluate, and effectively articulate a wide-range of theoretical ideas, performance methods, production practices, and personal viewpoints through oral and written expression.

Experiential Application: Demonstrate the capacity to apply acquired knowledge and skills in national and international co-op experiences, internship opportunities, and other practical applications.

Professionalism: Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in creating theatre that involves professional discipline, organization, standards, and criteria.