The Department of Theatre is a vibrant community of students, staff, and faculty, guided by values of generosity, integrity, respect, and rigor. As a hub for Creative Practice Research, we are dedicated to theatre and performance both as a living art and as an interdisciplinary system of inquiry.

A Northeastern Theatre education aligns collaborative theatre-making (production, design, and performance) with academic study and practice-based research. Our students develop a rich foundation for meaningful and prosperous careers through experiential learning.


We are committed to the ongoing pursuit of intersectional social and racial justice.


We incorporate diverse methodologies, approaches, and measures of success.


While we engage with the moment in which we live, we are constantly evolving, learning, and adapting.


These are our commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion:

Developed April 2020



We commit to fostering conversations, exchanges, and experiences that empower, spark, and challenge us to think and act responsibly and empathetically among our artistic community at Northeastern University, in Greater Boston, and beyond.


We commit to deconstructing the existing barriers of exclusion to motivate and uplift; we will foster relationships across cultural boundaries to facilitate an inclusive and accessible artistic community at Northeastern University, in Greater Boston, and beyond.


We commit to looking beyond received wisdom to intentionally engage with high quality and dynamic works, to ask hard questions about the world, our source materials, and who we are as people through creative exploration and self-expression.


We commit to acknowledging and embracing the unique identities of each and every member of our community; we promise to treat each other as equals, regardless of our differences, and to choose humanity in the face of conflict.


We commit to creating a diverse community where any individual can speak freely and honestly; we aim to recognize and use our privilege to advocate for underrepresented voices at Northeastern University, in Greater Boston, and beyond.



as of October 15, 2020


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  • 1619
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  • Sawbones


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Shaping a new generation of theatre artists

Meet some of our extraordinary students who are forging innovative ways to explore theatre at the heart of their interdisciplinary interests:


Assistant Professor Dani Snyder-Young has completed her newest publication.

PRIVILEDGED SPECTATORSHIP:  Theatrical Interventions in White Supremacy

An examination of the ways whiteness impacts theatrical events, as well as tactics to create pedagogical—rather than complacent—spaces

From Northwestern University Press:

Many professional theater artists attempt to use live performances in formal theater spaces to disrupt racism and create a more equitable society. Privileged Spectatorship: Theatrical Interventions in White Supremacy examines the impact of such projects, looking at how and why they do and do not intervene in white supremacy. I this incisive study, Dani Snyder-Young examines audience responses to a range of theatrical events that focus on race-related conflict or racial identity in the contemporary United States. The audiences for these performances, produced at mainstream not-for-profit professional theaters in major American cities in 2013–18, reflect dominant patterns of theater attendance: the majority of spectators are older, affluent, white, and describe themselves as politically progressive. Snyder-Young studies the ways these audience members consume the stories of racialized others and analyzes how different artistic, organizational, and programmatic strategies can (or cannot) mitigate white privilege.

This book is essential reading for scholars and students of theater, performance studies, and critical ethnic studies and for theater practitioners interested in equity and inclusion.

“Through a rich set of case studies, Privileged Spectatorship explores the power of American theatrical performance to interrupt the enduring strength of white supremacy. Dani Snyder-Young insightfully examines how such productions about race actively engage white spectators in ways that are at times transformative. Seeking to decolonize the white gaze, this book foregrounds the existence of white privilege and racism as it considers theatrical practices that might disrupt them. Accordingly, this is a work not only of theater criticism but also of theater activism that should appeal to theater scholars, practitioners, and spectators across the color lines.”

—Harry J. Elam Jr., author of The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson

Watch Dani Snyder-Young discuss her book with Department Chair Antonio Ocampo-Guzman and Majors Anna Birnholz, Hannah Levinson, and Maren Flessen.

At Northeastern, no two student experiences are alike. You choose a personalized path of rich diverse academic, cultural and professional experiences.

Students learn year-round through a personalized path of rich diverse academic, cultural and professional experiences. The chart below is just one example of a four year plan at CAMD. Speak with your advisor to determine a plan that works for you.