Theatre / Program of Study

The theatre program challenges students to achieve through an in-depth and academically rigorous study of performance, production and design. Students also explore the history of theatre, from the origin and development of theatre and dramatic literatures to modern theatre and contemporary dramatic literature in a variety of cultural contexts. By studying all aspects of theatre, students gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to create artistic works and scholarly documents and are able to communicate effectively using written, visual and physical means.

Major in Theatre
Students majoring in theatre are required to complete 40-45 credit hours, which include 28-33 hours of prescribed core courses and 12 hours of approved electives based on the student’s area of focus.

Minor in Theatre
Students minoring in theatre are required to complete 18 credit hours, including THE-114 Introduction to Theatre, THE 390 Audition and Interview and 12 hours of approved courses in theatre.

Professional Performance Certificate
Students enrolled in a B.A. program with a declared major in theatre are eligible to apply for enrollment in the Professional Performance Certificate program. An audition or portfolio review is required.

Theatre course descriptions »

Undergraduate course catalogue »

Required Major Courses

THE-101 - Performance Practica (1 - 2.00 cr.)

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THE-102 - Performance Practica (1 - 2.00 cr.)

THE-103 - Production Practica (1 - 2.00 cr.)

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THE-104 - Production Practica (1 - 2.00 cr.)

THE-105 - Front of House Practica (1 - 2.00 cr.)

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THE-106 - Front of House Practica (1 - 2.00 cr.)

THE-114 - Introduction to Theatre (3.00 cr.)

THE-224 - Acting I (3.00 cr.)

THE-245 - Stagecraft (3.00 cr.)

THE-316 - History of Theatre Classic-Romance (3.00 cr.)

THE-317 - History of Theatre Modern-Contemporary (3.00 cr.)

THE-350 - Modern Drama (3.00 cr.)

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ENG-355 - Shakespeare (3.00 cr.)

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ENG-356 - Shakespeare (3.00 cr.)

THE-390 - Audition and Interview (3.00 cr.)

THE-425 - Directing (3.00 cr.)

THE-490 - Project: Area of Specialization (1 - 3.00 cr.)


12 credit hours of electives chosen from the following:

THE-150 - Voice and Articulation (3.00 cr.)

THE-214 - Creative Dramatics (3.00 cr.)

THE-246 - Lighting and Sound (3.00 cr.)

THE-247 - Costume and Makeup (3.00 cr.)

THE-299 - Research in Theatre (1 - 3.00 cr.)

THE-324 - Acting II (3.00 cr.)

THE-335 - Scenic Design and Painting (3.00 cr.)

THE-370 - Playwriting (3.00 cr.)

THE-424 - Acting III Meisner Training (3.00 cr.)

THE-480 - Internship: Area of Specialization (1 - 3.00 cr.)

THE-496 - Seminar in Musical Theatre (3.00 cr.)

THE-498 - Honors Thesis in Theatre (3.00 cr.)

THE-499 - Research in Theatre (1 - 3.00 cr.)

THE-735 - Methods of Teaching Theatre (3.00 cr.)


What does it take to put on a play?

Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Roten takes you behind the scenes of a play that was produced at Meredith College.

Strong Story | Rimsha Afzal

At Meredith College, Rimsha Afzal, ’15, was able to pursue both of her passions: theatre and biology. Encouraged by her professors, Rimsha took on multiple roles in plays, leadership, and challenging internships, becoming even stronger in the process.


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Steven Roten
Associate Professor of Theatre
134 Jones Hall
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(919) 760-8719