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English and Theatre, BA

Students in the combined major in English and theatre integrate knowledge of the art of theatre, including performance, design, and production, with literary studies, digital humanities, and creative writing.

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The Department of English and the Department of Theatre offer an interdisciplinary combined major in English and theatre. Students in the combined major in English and theatre integrate knowledge of the art of theatre, including performance, design, and production, with literary studies, digital humanities, and creative writing. The combined major offers both classroom and experiential learning in the practices of making theatre, playwriting, and dramaturgy with the study of the diverse historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of English and American literatures. Students develop the capacity for interpreting a variety of texts through performance and writing to engage diverse audiences.

Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a degree in theatre will be able to:

1. Apply a broad and deep knowledge of theatre as an art form to their work, including:
• Foundational skills in performance, design, and production
• Comprehensive understanding of theatre history, theory, and literature
• Oral, visual, written expression of ideas with clarity and originality
2. Make theatre with integrity
• Create or interpret a play
• Collaborate generously
• Apply a personalized technique to the process of making imaginative, innovative theatre
3. Make informed choices as theatrical entrepreneurs through professional readiness
4. Reflect on the cultural, social, and ethical impact and contributions that theatre has made to societies and communities

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Interests of English and Theatre, BA Students

  • American
  • arts
  • classics
  • collaboration
  • creativity
  • drama
  • dramaturgy
  • English
  • English literature
  • literature
  • new plays
  • plays
  • playwriting
  • research
  • Shakespeare
  • storytelling
  • theatre
  • writing

Co-op Opportunities

  • Actor's Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA
  • Bridge Repertory Theater
    Cambridge, MA
  • The Broadway League
    5th Floor New York, NY
  • Center stage
    Groveland, MA
  • Central Square Theatre
    Cambridge, MA
  • Citi Center for the Performing Arts
    Boston, MA
  • Classic Stage Company
    New York, NY
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
    Boston, MA
  • Company One
    Boston, MA
  • Dixon Place
    Boston, MA
  • Hanover Theatre
    Worcester, MA
  • Huntington Theatre Company
    Boston, MA
  • Lincoln Center
    New York, NY
  • Lyric Stage Company
    Boston, MA
  • Manhattan Theatre Club
    New York, US
  • Miami Theater Center
    Miami Shores, FL
  • New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA
  • Paramount Theatre
    Boston, MA
  • Salem Theatre Company
    Salem, MA
  • Second Stage Theatre
    New York, NY
  • Speakeasy Stage
    Boston, MA
  • StageSource
    Boston, MA
  • Stoneham Theatre
    Stoneham, MA
  • Theatre Communications Group
    New York, NY
  • Theatre Offensive
    Boston, MA
  • Vineyard Theatre
    New York, NY
  • Zeitgeist Stage
    Boston, MA
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • Collaboration
    • Empathy
    • Writing
    • Script analysis
    • Voice and speech
    • Movement
    • Acting
    • Research
    • Directing
    • Critical thinking
    • Dramaturgy
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Playwright
    • Writer
    • Drama Teacher
    • Theatre Critic
    • Dramaturg
    • Professor

English and Theatre, BA Requirements

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

English Requirements - Foundational Courses

In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered 3000–4999.

Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature

Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century Literature

Intermedate or Advanced Technique

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Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Program Coordinators:

Jesse Hinson

Associate Teaching Professor

Department Chair:

Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Theatre


Marti McIntosh

Operations Manager

Academic Advisors:

Helena Prezio

Assistant Director of Advising

Jaclyn Ruybalid Krueger

Academic Advisor

Co-op Advisors:

Kellianne Murphy

Senior Faculty Member

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