About the Theatre Program
The B.S./B.A. degree program offers students the tools and direction to enter the professional Theatre industry, graduate study in Theatre, or work in a related field. Students have the opportunity to explore the broad world of Theatre while discovering and developing their own areas of interest and emphasis, gaining hands-on experience in performance, design, technology, management, playwriting, and advanced academic studies. Students develop résumé and portfolio materials, learn to network with industry professionals, and are encouraged to work professionally through employment opportunities and internships. The rich array of professional quality theatre, musical theatre, and dance productions each year give students a chance to immediately apply what is learned in the classroom, and new works and outreach initiatives allow students to experiment with creating and producing their own work.
As you begin your degree program, you’ll become a part of the theatre department’s first-year initiative and Creative Habit Community. During this first year, you’ll receive an official introduction to theatre and world literature to set the stage for your future theatrical studies. You’ll also be given opportunities to audition and volunteer to help with the department’s exciting season of shows—from Shakespeare’s tragedies to high-spirited and comedic musicals. As you progress further into the program, you’ll experience hands-on training related to performance and production and learn more about theatre history as well as the art of directing and producing. Throughout your academic career, you’ll also have opportunities to audition for roles or work on design management and/or technical theatre crews.
Learn from the experts
Within TROY’s theatre department, you’ll be surrounded by seasoned faculty members who are dedicated to seeing you succeed on and off the stage. These talented men and women are excited to share their experiences and provide you with opportunities to create new skills and techniques that will help you find success as a member of the theatre world.
Put your passion into play
If you are an aspiring actor, TROY’s theatre program provides you with exciting opportunities to build and showcase your abilities. With every audition process, you’ll gain insight and become better prepared for the career ahead of you. Within your acting courses, you’ll learn how relaxation, concentration, movement and characterization add depth to your arsenal of talents.
However, if you are someone who enjoys the more technical side of theatre, you will have countless opportunities to learn the different facets of stage production and the preparation that goes into making a production a reality. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of scenery, lighting, costumes and makeup. You’ll also have the chance to gain knowledge and experience in the areas of sound, props, business, publicity and the theatre’s box office.
Take on the world!
As a TROY theatre student, you’ll have exciting opportunities to study abroad. Just imagine yourself experiencing theatre history in Italy or at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London! Whether or not you decide to schedule world travel into your collegiate career, TROY’s mission is to prepare you for the world. That’s why your final year within the program will include a theatre senior capstone where you’ll investigate and plan for post-graduate opportunities. By the time you’ve completed TROY’s theatre program, your portfolio will showcase your skills and experiences ranging from behind the scenes to monologues, galore.