As a theatre arts major, you’ll study performance, directing, playwriting and technical production.
By combining creative expression and collaboration with a core liberal arts coursework, you’ll be poised for a range of artistic roles. Bonus? Show your chops on stage or take in a show at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack’s own modern theater that brings some of the country’s best productions, musicians and films to campus.
Meet Your Major
In the theatre arts program, you will:
- Explore many aspects of theatre studies, including history, literature, performance, directing, design, management and technical production.
- Gain a greater awareness of and appreciation for the role, function and value of theatre in society,
- Learn how to analyze plays perceptively and evaluate scripts and theatre productions critically.
- Enhance your ability to think critically, speak eloquently, write effectively and work collaboratively.
- Apply your experience, research and skills to conceive and/or execute a final project in acting, directing, criticism, playwriting or design.
Stage time, either in the front or back of the house, is a must. Chances are, you’ll find yourself participating in departmental productions as well as those put on by the student-run OnStagers Dramatic Society.
Upon successful completion of the theatre arts program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in the theatre, arts, film and television industries.
Positions may include:
- Drama teacher
- Production manager
- Theatre arts director
What You’ll Take
All theatre arts majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the 42-credit and minimum-of-11 course requirement. In addition, students are required to participate in productions presented by the visual and performing arts department, as needed, and serve on the Merrimack College theatre program’s board of directors for a minimum of two semesters (five maximum).
All theatre arts majors must take the following courses:
|FAA 1510||Acting I|
|FAA 1515||Theatre Practicum: Rehearsal and Performance|
|FAA 2520||Theatre History I|
|FAA 2530||Theatre History II|
|FAA 2550W||American Musical Theatre|
|FAA 2565||Politics of Performance: Theatre, Government and Social Change|
|FAA 2570||Technical Production for the Theatre|
|FAA 2580||Script Analysis|
|FAA 4550||Senior Capstone Seminar|
Select two electives from the following list:
|FAA 1520||Voice for the Stage|
|FAA 2500||Women in Theatre|
|FAA 2510||Acting II|
|FAA 2540||Introduction to Playwriting|
|FAA 2560||The London Theatre: A Study/Travel Experience|
|FAA 2590||Arts Management|
|FAA 3510||Directing I|
|FAA 3520||Acting III: Special Topics in Acting|
You may select one of the following courses in the English department to fulfill one of the two elective requirements:
|ENG 3220||Renaissance Drama|
|ENG 3250||Shakespearean Drama|
|ENG 3680||World Drama|
|ENG 3820||Twentieth Century Drama and Performance by Women|
Kathleen Sills, Chair
Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Theater