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Theatre Arts

Theatre History & Performance Texts

The Theatre History & Performance Texts concentration affords students the opportunity to explore all aspects of dramatic literature, history, and criticism, while taking advantage of the unique opportunities New York City provides for encountering a wide range of traditional and emerging performance styles. The program develops the student’s dramaturgical abilities through writing and direct involvement with the process of creating theatre.

Theatre History & Performance Texts is a composite field leading into any humanistic study, but is particularly beneficial to students interested in careers in literary management, theatre and film criticism, dramaturgy, education, journalism, historical research, and directing.

Note:  For acceptance into the Theatre and New Media, Writing for the Stage, and Theatre History and Performance Texts majors, a secondary application of essay questions to be filled out in their Admissions Portal is required.  The Department also requires a portfolio and/or interview, only if student would like to be considered for a competitive scholarship. These concentrations are a strong complement the College’s English, History, and Communications Arts majors, should a student wish to consider a double major.

Creativity and Collaboration: The Career of George S. Kaufman (September 30, 2013).  Anne Kaufman Schneider, George S. Kaufman's daughter, joined us for a conversation about her father and his work, with particular focus on Stage Door. Dick Cavett, the well-known columnist and former talk show host, led the discussion.Creativity and Collaboration: The Career of George S. Kaufman (September 30, 2013). Anne Kaufman Schneider, George S. Kaufman's daughter, joined us for a conversation about her father and his work, with particular focus on Stage Door. Dick Cavett, the well-known columnist and former talk show host, led the discussion. 


Requirements for a Theatre Studies Concentration

(In addition to the Theatre Arts Core - 24-Credits)

THTR 320 Dramatic Forms & Genres
THTR 380 Dramatic Theory & Criticism
THTR 355 New York City Arts Seminar
THTR 499 Dramaturgy Internship
Two of the following:
THTR 316 British Drama and Theatre
THTR 319 Drama & Theatre in the United States
THTR 345 Introduction to Dramaturgy
THTR 381 Classical Drama & Theatre
THTR 475 The Avant-Garde in Art, Film & Performance
ART/COMM/THTR
A 300 or 400 level non-Western film, literature or art history course

 

SUGGESTED ELECTIVE COURSES

JOUR 310 Arts & Media Reporting & Criticism
MUS 310 Opera & History
THTR 327 Gender in Performance
THTR 328 The Arts & Social Change
THTR 329 Tragedy & Religion
COMM 350 Film & History
DANC 354 Dance & Cultural History
COMM 357 Contemporary World Cinema
DANCE 364 Critical Approaches to Dance
THTR 366 Devising Performance Events
THTR 408 Medieval Performance
THTR 412 History & Theory of New Media in Perofrmance
THTR 465 Advance Studies in Theatre: African American Drama
THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Theatre: Euripides
THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Theatre: Experimental Theatre
THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Theatre: Irish Drama
THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Theatre: Japanese Theatre
THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Theatre: Nineteenth Century Popular Entertainments
THTR 465 Advanced Studies in Theatre: Women in Theatre