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Theatre

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"The stage is not merely the meeting place of all
the arts, but is also the return of art to life."

- Oscar Wilde

The Theatre Program offers: The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, for those who wish to enter the profession or for those who wish to prepare for graduate school; and the Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a major in Theatre, for those who wish to teach grades 4-12. Minors are available in both degree programs. This program is designed to give the student a thorough preparation in all aspects of theatre, both to equip the potential elementary and secondary teacher with the necessary knowledge and skills and to support any graduate school specialty the major may choose to pursue. The range of elective courses permits the major a small amount of specialization within the curriculum, but the primary intention of the curriculum is to achieve a broad fundamental preparation in theatre, with the belief that specialization is the proper pursuit of graduate study. In addition to classroom studies, the program offers valuable "hands-on" experience in virtually every phase of theatrical production, whether it be acting, directing, singing, costuming, or a myriad of technical and design skills. Each major is expected and required to be available to work on every production in the program's season.

Each University season is chosen for balance and variety. Productions range from classical to modern in plays and include musicals. Plays are produced in the University Theatre, a modern, well-equipped plant, opened in 1972.

The theatre is located in the university's College of Fine Arts Complex, in close proximity to the Music, Art, and Radio-Television departments. Students are encouraged to supplement their theatre studies with exploration in other fields in order to better understand theatre as an art form, a field of study in the liberal arts, and as an area of human activity and endeavor with a long history that affects us every day.

All theatre faculty participate in, and are available for, advising with classes and registration.

What are the degree options?

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Minor in Theater

Bachelor of Arts in Education w/ certification in Theatre (see the Education Dept.)

What can I do with my degree?

Graduates with Bachelor of Arts degrees are traditionally employed in a variety of careers. Graduates of Eastern's Theatre Program have become professional actors, dancers, arts administrators and theatre technicians in scenery, lighting, properties and sound design, as well as working in public relations, sales, management and other careers which require daily person-to-person contact and effective self-presentation. Recent Eastern graduates have also been successful in being accepted in graduate programs across the country in theatre and other related fields. Many are also engaged in teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
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