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Media and Screen Studies and Theatre, BA

This major is designed for students who want to combine a knowledge of the art of theatre with the theories and conceptual frameworks of media and film studies.

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This major is designed for students who want to combine a knowledge of the art of theatre with the theories and conceptual frameworks of media and film studies. It offers both classroom and experiential learning in areas of acting, directing, writing, and design with related studies in screenwriting, media technology, and media production. Students develop a personalized technique for the practices of making theatre, film (documentary and fiction), and television as engaged citizens and creative artists.

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

Our Media and Screen Studies curriculum designed to achieve six distinct learning objectives:

1. Apply basic knowledge of fundamental techniques of video-based film production in a visual project
2. Define terms, concepts, and theories that are fundamental to the study of media
3. Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to media texts
4. Apply the history of media studies to current issues of media with a particular focus on identity, industry, and democracy
5. Plan, write, and present original research papers and presentations, incorporating an analytical understanding of concepts and ideas in Media and Screen Studies
6. Apply theories of media and culture central to the field of Media and Screen Studies to a media text or issue

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Interests of Media and Screen Studies and Theatre, BA Students

  • acting
  • camera
  • cinema studies
  • documentary
  • editing
  • film
  • filmmaking
  • interdisciplinary
  • media and screen studies
  • movies
  • pop culture
  • producing
  • screenwriting
  • short films
  • speech
  • storytelling
  • television
  • text
  • theatre
  • voice

Co-op Opportunities

  • Disney ABC Television Group
    Burbank, CA
  • Actor's Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA
  • American Repertory Theatre
    Cambridge, MA
  • Boston Children’s Theatre
    Boston, MA
  • Boston Ballet
    Boston, MA
  • Boston Lyric Opera
    Boston, MA
  • CBS Television
    52nd Street New York, NY
  • Central Square Theatre
    Cambridge, MA
  • Citi Center for the Performing Arts
    Boston, MA
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
    Boston, MA
  • Huntington Theatre Company
    Boston, MA
  • Lincoln Center
    New York, NY
  • Manhattan Theatre Club
    New York, US
  • Miami Theater Center
    Miami Shores, FL
  • New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA
  • Paramount Theatre
    Boston, MA
  • Second Stage Theatre
    New York, NY
  • Stoneham Theatre
    Stoneham, MA
  • Vineyard Theatre
    New York, NY
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • Collaboration
    • empathy
    • writing
    • script analysis
    • voice and speech
    • movement
    • acting
    • research
    • technical theatre
    • design
    • directing
    • critical thinking
    • film production
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Screenwriter
    • Playwright
    • Director
    • Film Critic
    • Theatre Critic
    • Actor
    • Filmmaker

Department Chair:

Dale Herbeck

Department Chair, Professor

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Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Theatre

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Angela Chin

Administrative Officer

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Alexandra Kilgore

Administrative Officer

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Marti McIntosh

Operations Manager

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Academic Advisors:

Helena Prezio

Assistant Director of Advising

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Jaclyn Ruybalid Krueger

Academic Advisor

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Co-op Advisors:

Emily Hornsby

Assistant Co-op Coordinator

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Kellianne Murphy

Senior Faculty Member

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