Communication Studies

Media and Screen Studies 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.

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.

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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

Career Opportunities




Film Critic

Theatre Critic



Multidisciplinary Skills




script analysis

voice and speech




critical thinking

communication skills


digital storytelling


public advocacy

strategic communication

Learning Outcomes

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