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.

Department of Theatre

THTR 1101 Introduction to Theatre (4-SH)
THTR 1120 Acting 1 (4-SH)
THTR 1210 Theatre and Society (4-SH)
THTR 1270 Theatrical Design (4-SH)

Complete two of the following history, theory, and literature courses:

THTR 1150 Twentieth Century Dance History (4-SH)
THTR 1215 Activism and Performance (4-SH)
THTR 1230 The Evolution of Fashion and Costuming (4-SH)
THTR 2300 Theatre History: Greek Tragedy to Romanticism (4-SH)
THTR 2315 Rebels of Modern Drama (4-SH)
THTR 2325 From Script to Stage (4-SH)
THTR 2330 Playwriting (4-SH)
THTR 2335 Boston Theatre Experience (4-SH)
THTR 3500 Dramatic Theory/Criticism (4-SH)

Complete either the performance or production track:

Performance track

Complete two courses:

THTR 1125 Improvisation (4-SH)
THTR 1250 Voice and Movement 1 (4-SH)
THTR 2342 Acting 2 (4-SH)
THTR 2345 Acting for Cameras (4-SH)
THTR 3550 Concepts of Directing (4-SH)

Production track

Select two courses:

THTR 1131 Technical Theatre 1 (4-SH)
THTR 2370 Lighting Design (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)

Complete the following experiential learning course:

THTR 4701 Rehearsal and Performance (4-SH)

Complete the following bridge/integrative requirement:

THTR 4702 Capstone Rehearsal and Performance (4-SH)

Media and Screen Studies

Complete the following Introduction to Media Studies course:

MSCR 1220 Media, Culture, Society (4-SH)

Complete one of the following Introductions to Screen Studies courses:

MSCR 1300 Television: Text and Context (4-SH)
CINE 1895 Introduction to Film Theory (4-SH)

Complete the following Advanced Theory course:

MSCR 4623 Theories of Media and Culture (4-SH)

Complete four of the following Media and Screen Studies elective courses:

Any 4-SH MSCR course at the 2000 or 3000 level (4-SH)
CINE 1230 America Film and Culture (4-SH)
CINE 1250 Screen Icons and Popular Culture (4-SH)
CINE 2160 Narrative Filmmaking (4-SH)
CINE 2350 History of Film (4-SH)
CINE 2394 Modern Film and Global Culture (4-SH)
CINE 3446 Topics in Documentary Production (4-SH)
CINE 3920 Topics in Cinema Studies (4-SH)

Complete two of the following Advanced Media and Screen Studies elective courses:

Any 4-SH MSCR course at the 4000 level (excluding MSCR 4623) (4-SH)
CINE 3389 Screenwriting (4-SH)
CINE 3392 Women and Film (4-SH)
CINE 3500 Film Theory (4-SH)
CINE 4500 Modernism/Modernity and Film (4-SH)
CINE 4550 Cinema Studies Seminar (4-SH)
CINE 4560 Directing the Short Film (4-SH)

Complete the following bridge/integrative requirement:

MSCR 4623 Theories of Media and Culture (4-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.