Department Chair: Professor Harry McEnerny
The Theater Arts Department offers students an opportunity to approach the study of theater in a liberal arts context; the program is designed to foster an appreciation for theater as an art, while at the same time preparing students for the demands of professional lives in theater and related fields. The department offers a Theater Arts Major with concentrations in Acting and Directing (BA.THA.AAD) or Technical Theater and Design (BA.THA.TTD). The department offers three minors: Minor in Theater Arts (THE), Minor in Theater Education (TED), and Minor in Film Studies (FIL).
The Acting and Directing and Technical Theater and Design concentrations are designed to prepare students for professional careers and/or graduate or conservatory level study in theater. The Theater Education minor prepares students intending to teach general theater survey, history, aesthetics and production. Students wishing to become licensed to teach theater (K-12) must pursue a major and coursework in the Education Department.
Students must select and complete the required courses for at least one of the theater major areas of concentration. Students may select and complete more than one concentration by fulfilling all the requirements in each area (courses in common will count for both areas, courses that are specific to one area may be used to fulfill elective requirements in the other chosen concentration).
All students graduating with a degree in Theater Arts should be able to:
- Discuss and analyze productions in terms of thematic concerns, literary qualities, and artistic approaches.
- Demonstrate a high degree of competency in one or more areas of theatrical production such as directing, design, acting, writing, stage management, or theater education.
- Utilize materials in appropriate manners to achieve desired effects and communication to an audience.
- Incorporate input and ideas generated through the collaborative process of production into their own creative work.
- Present their work for review in a professional manner consistent with their areas of concentration.
For more information you can visit our website at www.castleton.edu/theater-arts