Shakespeare once said that “all the world’s a stage” but not everybody on this global stage studied drama and the theatre arts. The theatre has a long and illustrious history that’s impacted the world over. The arts encompass a variety of talents in order for a production to come together. Students of the major will learn how to write and stage plays, how lighting affects mood, and how what goes on backstage is just as important as what happens on stage.
Courses of the major reflect all of the areas that go into a show. Classes may include: acting, playwriting, lighting design, directing, set design, costuming, theatre history, and dramatic literature. Students are involved with their college’s plays, and may even have a hand in writing or directing them. Those in the major tend to set up and strike sets, create costumes, run logistics backstage, and work lighting or sound. Theatre majors have a love for the performing arts, are energetic and curious, and have a knack for storytelling.
There are a multitude of specializations in the theatre arts. Graduates can pursue focuses such as: theater design and stagecraft, backstage management, costuming design, composition, direction, acting, and art direction. Plays are often more than just entertainment; often they comment on society, the human condition, and universal themes shared by all people.
Theatre Arts fun fact: Instead of clapping, Ancient Greek audiences stamped their feet.
Celebrities who studied Theatre Arts: George Takei, actor; David Hasselhoff, actor, producer; Jennifer Morrison, actress; Jane Lynch, actress, comedian.
The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General is $38,033