This page outlines requirements for the degree in Theater (BA, Theater). Students can also study this subject as a minor or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Students majoring in The Arts who are interested in studying theater should choose the Arts in Context concentration (BA, The Arts) and combine a structured set of dramatic arts courses with a liberal arts subject. For example, a student could combine theater studies with theater criticism and journalism courses offered through Literary Studies or Writing. Other areas of study, such as Psychology, Urban Studies, and Culture and Media, also offer Arts in Context options for students interested in theater.
Students in the Theater program at Eugene Lang College take part in seminar classes and develop their craft through innovative acting, directing, and playwriting work. They also take foundational courses in theater history, theory, and dramatic literature. The program emphasizes civic engagement and global perspectives on theater as well as media and performance. Theater students take courses with students in the Dance, Music, and Visual Studies concentrations.
The Theater major requires the following courses. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major requirements. See below total credits for distribution requirements.
Total credits: 51-52
Students must take at least one course in each of the three focus areas listed below. The three courses can be chosen from all required or elective courses designated for the focus area in the course description.
Courses exploring new approaches to performance and technology through the study of contemporary artists and theater companies. Sample courses: Puppetry in the Digital Age, Acting for the Camera, Intermedia, and Intersection of Theater and Technology.
Courses exploring theatrical traditions and dramatic literature from cultures around the world, often in relation to contemporary international issues such as human rights and immigration. Sample courses: The Drama of Global Issues, History of World Theater, Nordic Drama, Latin American Theater, and Middle Eastern Theater.
Courses exploring theater with an emphasis on social justice, civic engagement, and practical work in the community through such programs as I Have a Dream. Sample courses: Theater of Social Action, Playwriting: Renegade Text, Social Themes in the American Musical, IHD: Harlem Afterschool Theater Program.
Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the director of the program. Students should track their progress using the program requirement worksheet for the year in which they declared their major in Theater:
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Chair, TheaterZishan UgurluTheater Director and Departmental Faculty Advisorugurluz@newschool.edu212.229.5100 x2069
UndergraduateBA The ArtsBA Culture and MediaBFA Dramatic Arts
GraduateMA Media StudiesMFA ActingMFA DirectingMFA Playwriting
CertificatesDocumentary Media StudiesMedia Management