Theater ArtsBachelor of Arts

“The theater professors are the most amazing people I have ever met," said LaTanza Britts ’15, who went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Essex in England. “They helped cultivate my talent, and they went above and beyond to care for each and every one of their students.”

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The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has cited the University of New Haven as having one of the best emerging new theater programs in New England. As a theater arts major at the University of New Haven, you’ll be completely immersed in a creative environment that develops, nurtures, and showcases your creative talents.

You’ll explore all aspects of theater, from acting and dance to design, directing, and playwriting, while you also:
  • Study the history of theater
  • Develop your dramatic skills, become adept at stagecraft, and hone the organizational skills needed for stage management
  • Direct a one-act play
And...
  • Create adaptations of literary texts for theater
  • Have the option to focus your studies in one of three concentrations: acting/performance, design/production, or literary theater
  • Explore the potential theater has to create social change
  • Participate in productions as a performer, writer, director, designer, stage manager, dramaturg or technician
  • Work with professionals based in New Haven and New York City
  • Have the opportunity to perform with New Haven’s Elm Shakespeare Company
  • Get hands-on experience through an internship
  • Have the chance to spend a semester at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater or to study abroad
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Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.

$70K

Performer

15% Growth 2017-2027

$78K

Arts Administrator

9% Growth 2017-2027

$58K

Special Events Manager

11% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Theatrical Roots and Rituals

    An exploration of dramatic literature, theory, and performance as reflective of and responsive to surrounding society and culture. Course will emphasize connections between classical theater and ritual, and the evolution of these connections from ancient Greece through the late 18th century.

  • Contemporary Acting Styles

    An intensive acting course that focuses on the methodologies of 20th century actor training, including: Biomechanics, Michael Chekhov technique, Meisner, Viewpoints, etc. Students will engage with physically-based scenework as well as the demands of post-modern and contemporary dramatic texts.

  • Production Dramaturgy

    Analytical and experiential study of the practice of dramaturgy. Dramaturgy focuses on the study of dramatic literature with an emphasis on questions of composition, structure, staging, performance, and audience, employing literary analysis, performance analysis, and historiography. Texts include dramatic literature from various times and places, covering categories such as classical drama, contemporary drama, and musical theater. Students will have hands-on experience, engaging in dramaturgical practice in relation to a production staged by the University Theater program, among other projects.

  • Theater for Community Impact

    This course explores, through the integration of theory and practice, theater as a means for inciting social change. Coursework will consist of readings and performance viewings drawn from a variety of theatrical phenomena and traditions, including: Happenings, Street Theater, Theater of the Oppressed. Additionally, students will work directly with specific community populations in order to translate the experience and stories of others into devised community performance.

  • Full List of Courses for Theater Arts

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Theater Arts, B.A.

    Theater Arts Minor

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