Theatre Arts

Our theatre arts program provides a comprehensive foundation in the field, with courses in acting, stagecraft and theater history. Students have access to extensive onstage and offstage training, which results in well-rounded artists who are prepared for any position in the theater.

Our Program

From dark comedies and suspense-filled dramas to timeless romances, musicals and tragedies, our performance program offers immediate opportunities for both onstage and classroom experiences. We stage three faculty-led productions each year, as well as two student-led shows through our student organization, StageFright. Our students have opportunities to be involved with every aspect of the production, including costumes, sets, lighting and sound.

Our students develop specific competencies that are essential to success in a variety of careers, including performance and presentation skills; strong verbal and written communication skills; the ability to work individually and collaboratively under pressure; project management and leadership skills; creative problem-solving skills; critical thinking skills and the ability to listen, clarify, question and respond with confidence.

Majors who are interested in a professional career or who plan to attend graduate school may pursue individual concentrations in acting and technical theater, which offer the highest levels of creative work and opportunities to work with professionals in the industry.

Program Spotlight: Newport’s Company

It’s not just college theater. They don’t treat us like we’re students – we’re treated like professionals and we’re expected to have that level of professionalism. There’s so much potential, so much talent that flows in this place. Every year, we pick different shows that push us even further.

Daniel Landino, psychology and theatre arts major

Our Faculty

Students interested in theater explore the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of theatrical productions through both analysis and performance experience. Our talented professors shape hybrid artists with a top-level theater education designed for success in the boardroom, the courtroom or the greenroom.​

 

Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

A broad liberal arts education in theater produces graduates who are adaptable and self-directed and serves as a foundation for future development as thinking artists and productive citizens. Our graduates are well prepared for a lifetime of appreciation, participation and further study in the performing arts. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the arts, business, education, government, performance, publishing, and much more.

Professional actor: Graduates are members of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild and work across the country, from New York City to regional theatre to Broadway touring companies.

Teacher: Some graduates receive their certification and serve in public classrooms, while others are teaching artists in after-school and summer programs. Some have started their own educational theater companies to bring interactive drama to students.

Arts administrators: Graduates are marketing directors, grant writers and arts managers at theater companies large and small.

Graduate school: Students with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts are qualified to apply to graduate programs for the MFA in acting, directing or design or the Ph.D. in theater history or dramaturgy. Others pursue graduate study in a wide variety of disciplines.

Graduates may consider the following careers:

  • Actor
  • Arts administrator
  • Community arts worker
  • Drama therapist
  • Radio presenter
  • Stage manager
  • Teacher
  • Television production assistant
  • Theater director

Major in Theatre Arts (B.A.)

14 courses | 40 credits

Required courses:

  • ENG325: Studies in Shakespeare
  • THE004: New York Theatre
  • THE101: Introduction to Theatre Arts
  • THE102: Beginning Acting
  • THE135: Stagecraft
  • THE211: Theatre History I
  • THE212: Theatre History II
  • THE318: Stage Management
  • THE384: Dramatic Theory and Criticism
  • THE461: Directing Theory and Action
  • THE485: Thesis Preparation
  • THE490: Senior Thesis

Students also choose two of the following:

  • THE231: Makeup for Stage and Film
  • THE241: Script Analysis
  • THE265: Stage Combat
  • THE343: Theatre for Children and Youth
  • THE360: Production I

Majors are required to participate in a minimum of four mainstage productions, two on stage and two behind the scenes.

Minor in Theatre Arts

7 courses | 18 credits

Required courses:

  • THE101: Introduction to Theatre
  • THE102: Beginning Acting
  • THE135: Stagecraft
  • THE212: Theatre History II

Students also choose three of the following:

  • THE004: New York Theatre
  • THE311: Introduction to Scenic Design
  • THE320: Acting in Film and Television
  • THE430: The Business of Acting

Minors are expected to participate in two mainstage productions, with one as a performer and one as a crew member.

Concentrations

Students who are interested in a professional career or who plan to attend graduate school may concentrate in acting or technical theatre by taking the required courses and then adding 12-14 credits in the chosen concentration. Acceptance into a concentration requires approval from the program director, and students are expected to focus their senior thesis around their area of concentration.

Acting

Our acting concentration is an immersive, challenging and transformative pursuit. Acting is at the very heart of storytelling in both theater and film, and today’s actors need to be well-rounded, resourceful and able to move fluidly between platforms. Our students spend their days in classes, while their evenings are spent rehearsing, performing and participating in a myriad of other ways on both student- and faculty-led projects.

Our concentration introduces students to acting methods that improve technique and provide opportunities for direct feedback, which is essential to growth in the craft. Our goal is for each student to be prepared for the next step: auditions in the professional and community world, and the possibility of further schooling.

Additional required courses:

  • THE201: Voice and Diction
  • THE202: Intermediate Acting
  • THE301: Scene Study: Classical Theatre
  • THE302: Advanced Acting
  • THE320: Acting in Film and Television
  • THE430: The Business of Acting

Technical Theatre

While coursework explores the worlds of stage management, theater construction and design, production experience allows students to practice their skills behind the scenes and in the control booth. A technical theatre concentration lets student learn about multiple aspects of design as well as focus on one area of their choosing. Students can put their knowledge to practical use in our student employment program, focusing on construction or box office management.

Additional required courses:

  • THE231: Makeup for Stage and Film
  • THE311: Introduction to Scenic Design
  • THE318: Stage Management
  • THE334: The History and Use of Costume on the Stage