This liberal arts degree provides students with a grounding in theater practice within an interdisciplinary arts program linking theater to music, dance, and visual studies. Students explore theater through new media and a range of global perspectives, with an emphasis on civic engagement.
The curriculum combines performance opportunities with seminars in theater history and theory. The program carries forward The New School’s tradition of progressive education through its emphasis on experimental and socially oriented practice. Students can focus on the following areas:
- Acting, directing, and design for stage, film, video, and new media, with regular production and performance opportunities
- Scholarly and critical writing on history, theory, aesthetics, cultural studies, and social issues
- Global and cross-cultural perspectives on dramatic literature and theater practices
- Contemporary and experimental innovations in theater performance
Students can study theater as a major (BA), a minor (non-Liberal Arts majors), a guided area of study (Liberal Arts majors), or part of an Arts in Context concentration (Arts majors).
The University and New York City
While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Drama students at Lang enjoy benefits including
- Working associations with the city’s theater world, including a long-standing partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theater
- The Artwork series, hosting innovative artists, directors, and producers for lectures and presentations
- The opportunity to work directly with guest directors from the professional theater on student productions
- The university’s professional dramatic arts division, The New School for Drama, which has its own extensive program of performances, lectures, seminars, and conferences
- Partnerships with community organizations such as the I Have A Dream Foundation that enable students to explore theater as civic engagement and a medium for social justice advocacy
- A wealth of opportunities to experience theater in New York City, ranging from Broadway and Off-Broadway playhouses to experimental venues
- Internships with local theater companies and arts institutions that offer professional development and practical experience in many fields of creative work
Education at Eugene Lang College is designed to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Theater majors go on to pursue advanced studies in acting, directing, playwriting, theater arts, media studies, history, and social sciences and careers as writers and journalists, managers and producers, publicists, and educators.