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Theatre and Cultural Anthropology, BA

This major is designed for students who want to combine a knowledge of the art of theatre, including performance, design, and production, with sociocultural theories and conceptual frameworks for understanding human behavior.

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This major offers both classroom and experiential learning in the practice of making theatre and performance theories with cross-cultural approaches. Successful students develop an understanding of theatre’s impact on past and present cultures, as well as a deeper awareness of the world in which they live.

Learning Outcomes

  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

Co-op Opportunities

  • Disney ABC Television Group
  • Actor’s Shakespeare Project
  • American Repertory Theatre
  • Arts Boston
  • Boston Ballet
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Bridge Repertory Theater
  • The Broadway League
  • Center stage
  • Central Square Theatre
  • Citi Center for the Performing Arts
  • Classic Stage Company
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
  • Company One
  • Dixon Place
  • Hanover Theatre
  • Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
  • Huntington Theatre Company
  • Lincoln Center
  • Manhattan Theatre Club
  • Miami Theater Center
  • New Repertory Theatre
  • Paramount Theatre
  • Salem Theatre Company
  • Second Stage Theatre
  • Speakeasy Stage
  • StageSource
  • Stoneham Theatre
  • Theatre Communications Group
  • Theatre Offensive
  • Vineyard Theatre
  • Zeitgeist Stage

Career Opportunities

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Singer
  • Dramaturg
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Stagehand
  • Production Manager

Multidisciplinary Skills

Script analysis
Voice and speech
Technical theatre
Stage management
Stage combat
Critical thinking


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