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 Theatre, BA

Our dynamic and challenging curriculum is divided into three core concentrations: Performance, Design/Production, and Generalist. Students may also work with an advisor to develop an independent major.

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The Northeastern Department of Theatre is a community dedicated to creativity, collaboration, and excellence in the pursuit of innovative ways to see, to investigate, and to make theatre for a new generation. We offer students a transformative theatre education by aligning performance and production with academic inquiry and professional experiential learning. Our multidimensional students develop a unique understanding of professionalism and entrepreneurship as the foundations of meaningful careers. We embrace diverse methods, philosophies, and measures of success. Through values of generosity, integrity, respect, and rigor, we explore theatre as a living art that engages with our global society and the moment in which we live.

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  Theatre, BA Students

  • acting
  • activism
  • actor
  • arts administration
  • backstage
  • Broadway
  • casting
  • classics
  • collaboration
  • costume
  • creativity
  • dance
  • design
  • directing
  • director
  • drama
  • dramatic literature
  • improvisation
  • lighting
  • movement
  • musicals
  • new plays
  • performance
  • performing arts
  • plays
  • playwrighting
  • production
  • scenic
  • Shakespeare
  • social change
  • speech
  • stage
  • stage manage
  • storytelling
  • technical theatre
  • theatre
  • voice

Co-op Opportunities

  • Disney ABC Television Group
    Burbank, CA
  • Actor's Shakespeare Project
    Somerville, MA
  • American Repertory Theatre
    Cambridge, MA
  • Arts Boston
    Boston, MA
  • Boston Ballet
    Boston, MA
  • Boston Lyric Opera
    Boston, 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
  • Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
    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
  • 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
    • Technical theatre
    • Design
    • Directing
    • Stage management
    • Singing
    • Stage combat
    • Critical thinking
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Actor
    • Director
    • Playwright
    • Scenic Designer
    • Costume Designer
    • Lighting Designer
    • Arts Administrator
    • Singer
    • Dramaturg
    • Stage Manager
    • Technical Director
    • Stagehand
    • Production Manager

 Theatre, BA Requirements

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide 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. NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements. NUpath requirements Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) may be met through electives in the major. NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND) and Analyzing and Using Data (AD) must be met through general electives.

Theatre Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required for all theatre courses.

Advanced Technique

Complete one of the following:

Students concentrating in theatre performance should complete THTR 3300, THTR 3450 or THTR 3550. Students concentrating in production should complete THTR 3550

Theatre Major Credit Requirement

Complete 60 semester hours in the major. The performance and production concentrations require 68 semester hours.

Program Requirement

131 total semester hours required

Theatre Performance Concentration

A minimum grade of C is required for all theatre courses in the performance concentration.

Theatre Production Concentration

A minimum grade of C is required for all theatre courses in the production concentration.

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

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

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Department Chair:

Scott Edmiston

Department Chair, Professor of the Practice


Darren Evans

Theatre Operations Specialist

Academic Advisors:

Maegan Bishoff

Academic Advisor

Co-op Advisors:

Kellianne Murphy

Senior Co-op Coordinator

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