Courses are open to students pursuing work in any department, whether or not the student plans to earn the certificate. Introductory courses in the program, whether at the 200 or 300 level, usually have no prerequisites and fulfill the distribution requirement in Literature and the Arts (LA). Other 300 or 400 level courses require applications and/or interviews. 200 level courses have Pass/D/Fail option; selected 300 and 400 level courses are Pass/D/Fail only; all other courses in the program are letter graded.
Committed students of theater may pursue a Certificate of Proficiency in Theater.
Students looking for an opportunity to incorporate their theatrical studies into their concentrations may consider the Theater and Performance Studies track in the Department of English or Area D in the Department of Comparative Literature, but certificate students usually come from the full range of concentrations the University has to offer. Because performance is integral to the experience of making theater, students will be expected to engage with theatrical works in a variety of performative forms to advance their understanding of theater.
Requirements for the Certificate in Theater:
- A total of five courses in the Program in Theater. At least three must be studio courses chosen from offerings in acting, directing, playwriting, design, and dramaturgy. As acting is foundational to understanding the making of theater, it is assumed that one of these three or four will be an acting course.
- At least one course in dramatic literature, performance history, performance studies, or criticism. Up to two courses in this area may be used toward the five-course requirement.
(2) Senior Independent Work:
This work might take the form of a studio project, such as the direction of a major production, the performance of a major role, the writing of a play, or the design or dramaturgy of a production, under the supervision of our faculty and professional staff either in our senior thesis season, independently, or in conjunction with another campus-producing organization.
Students may elect to do an independent performance studies project approved by and under the supervision of Program in Theater faculty.
If the student’s department permits, he or she might choose to complete one part of the departmental independent work (senior thesis) on a topic approved by the Program in Theater faculty dealing with some facet of theater in relation to that department’s subject matter. This independent work could take the form of a textual, cultural, or theoretical study; or it may be a combination of research and practical work supervised by the program faculty and the student’s department.
(3) A certain number of hours of technical work on theater productions staged by the program.
Students who fulfill the requirements of the program receive a certificate of proficiency in theater upon graduation.
The Program in Theater offers certificate students with the appropriate course background the opportunity to do advanced creative work under the supervision of its faculty and staff. This work usually takes the form of a practical project, such as the writing of a play, the direction or design of a major production, or the study and performance of a major role. These projects may be pursued as extracurricular activities, or, as is more regularly the case, they may be used to fulfill the requirement for independent work in the certificate program. With permission of the student’s department of concentration, such projects may also satisfy one of the requirements for independent work in the department, in which case it must consist of or be accompanied by written work, such as a scholarly or critical evaluation.
If you have already submitted an application, you may edit/update the form to track your progress toward the Certificate in Theater here.