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Theatre and Journalism, BA

This combined major educates students in journalism and theatre and the interface between the two disciplines.

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The School of Journalism and Media Innovation places the ability to gather, investigate, analyze, and present information at the core of their curriculum. The Department of Theatre’s curriculum provides deep knowledge of theatre that spans design, performance, and the production of innovative forms of theatre, including interactive media, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and more.

Students completing this program of study should be able to understand how the two fields jointly contribute to compelling storytelling and how to create innovative modes of performance based on current events.

Theatre Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply a broad and deep knowledge of theatre as an art form to their work, including:
    1. Foundational skills in performance, design, and production
    2. Comprehensive understanding of theatre history, theory, and literature
    3. Oral, visual, written expression of ideas with clarity and originality
  2.  Make theatre with integrity
    1. Create or interpret a play
    2. Collaborate generously
    3. 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

Journalism Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe, analyze, and critique the role of Journalism in a democracy (1st Amendment).
  2. Gather and use data for reporting & analysis.
  3. Collaborate with other news professionals in writing & production of news.
  4. Report & produce a story across a range of media.
  5. Identify patterns in media innovation & the evolving business dynamics of Journalism.
  6. Write focused, organized, literate, and accurate narratives using AP Style; when appropriate.
  7. Critically analyze visual information.
  8. Understand and apply ethical standards of Journalism.

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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