The The­atre Depart­ment pro­vides stu­dents who wish to pur­sue an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary course of study the options and the flex­i­bil­ity to mold their own careers. Stu­dents can pur­sue a com­bined major in The­atre with Cin­ema Stud­ies, Media and Screen Stud­ies, and Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage, a dou­ble major of their choos­ing, or a half-theatre major.

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

American Sign Language

AMSL 1101 Elementary ASL 1 (4-SH)
AMSL 1102 Elementary ASL 2 (4-SH)
AMSL 2101 Intermediate ASL 1 (4-SH)
AMSL 2102 Intermediate ASL 2 (4-SH)
AMSL 3101 Advanced ASL 1 (4-SH)

Social and Cultural World

Complete the following two courses:

DEAF 1500 Deaf People in Society (4-SH)
DEAF 2500 Deaf History and Culture (4-SH)


Complete the following two courses:

DEAF 2700 ASL Linguistics (4-SH)
LING 1150 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (4-SH)

Performance Interpreting

Complete the following course:

INTP 3550 Performance Interpreting—Interpreting for the Theatre (4-SH)


Complete the following course:

INTP 3500 The Interpreting Profession (2-SH)


Complete the following nine courses:

THTR 1101 Introduction to Theatre (4-SH)
THTR 1120 Acting 1 (4-SH)
THTR 1131 Technical Theatre 1 (4-SH)
THTR 1250 Voice and Movement 1 (4-SH)
THTR 1270 Introduction to Theatrical Design (4-SH)
THTR 2300 Theatre History: Greek Tragedy to Romanticism (4-SH)
THTR 2325 From Script to Stage (4-SH)
THTR 3550 Concepts of Directing (4-SH)
THTR 4701 Rehearsal and Performance (4-SH)


Complete one of the following courses:

THTR 2335 Contemporary Theatre (4-SH)
THTR 3450 Shakespeare in Performance (4-SH)
THTR 3500 Dramatic Theory/Criticism (4-SH)

Integrative Course Work

Complete the following two courses:

INTP 4940 Interpreting Research Practicum (4-SH)
THTR 4804 Theatre Practicum (1-SH)

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.