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.
Major in Theater
The Theater major requires the following courses:
- Two foundational courses in theater practice
- Acting Fundamentals
- Introduction to Playwriting
- Introduction to Directing
- One theater history course
- One theater theory course
- One production course
- One dramatic literature course
- Two theater electives chosen from courses with subject code LTHR or other approved theater courses cross-listed with other programs or divisions
- Three Lang Interarts courses, identified by subject code LINA
- ULEC 2320 Aesthetics or another approved aesthetics course
- Senior Capstone project, either a senior seminar or an individual or collaborative independent project
Students must receive a grade of C or higher in all courses taken to meet the requirements for the major.
Note on Distribution Requirements
Students must take at least one course in each of three focus areas:
Media and Performance
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.
The three courses can be chosen from all required or elective courses designated for the focus area in the course description.
Arts in Context Concentration
Students majoring in The Arts who are interested in studying theater should choose the Arts in Context concentration 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.
Minor in Theater
Undergraduate students from any division of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select the Theater minor. The Theater minor requires the following five courses totaling 18-20 credits:
- One foundational course in theater practice (4 credits)
- One dramatic literature course (4 credits)
- One theater history course (4 credits)
- Two additional courses from the Theater area of study, including all LTHR courses and specified LINA courses (only one non-liberal arts or studio can be counted here) (6-8 credits)
Guided Area of Study
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts may not elect an academic minor. However, they may pursue a guided area of study in Theater. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisor.