A major in Theatre will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of contemporary Western theatre. Students will study theatrical processes from a variety of perspectives in order to gain an understanding of, and experience in, the work of the various disciplines involved in mounting theatrical productions. To that end, students will take courses in developing performance skills, theoretical and historical study, the art and craft of design and technical theatre, and the conceptual and organizational skills involved in directing for the theatre. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to put into practice what they are learning in the classroom through hands-on engagement in the preparation and presentation of performances produced in the department. This pragmatic approach prepares students to face the challenging realities of making a life in the performing arts. Students graduate with knowledge of how to look for work, with the desire and ability to do the work, and with an understanding of the need to grow as an artist beyond graduation.
On Campus: Transfer Students
Be sure to request an official copy of your previous College transcripts be sent to Columbia for review. The Office of Transcript Evaluation will send what class/credits have transferred and which courses will be applied towards the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements. You will receive a separate notice via email from the Theatre Department regarding which transfer credits will be applied towards requirements in the major. You can also meet with the Theatre Academic Coordinator at the Transfer Suite on your Orientation day.
Recommended First-Semester Classes
We recommend you try to take the following classes in your first semester as a Freshmen:
- • 31-1225 Theatre Foundation: Performance
- • 31-1325 Theatre Foundation: Performance Technique
- • 31-1625 Theatre Foundation: Design & Composition