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.

Theatre

11 Courses = 38 SH

Foundational Stages (5 Required/20 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)*

 

Theatre Texts and Context (1 Required/4 SH)

Choose one:

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 (3 Required/6 SH)

THTR 1100 Production Experience (1 SH)

THTR 2000 Production Experience (1 SH)

THTR 4702 Capstone Rehearsal & Production (4 SH)*

 

Intermediate or Advanced Technique (2 Required/8 SH)

Choose two:

THTR 2300 Theatre History: Greek Tragedy to Romanticism (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 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 2347 Voice and Speech for the Actor (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 2400 Scenic Design for the Stage (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 3600 Production Design (4 SH)

 

*Two required writing intensives in major

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 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