FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UMBC DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE
HOW MANY MAJORS ARE IN YOUR PROGRAM? WHAT’S THE STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO?
There are generally close to 100 Theatre majors; some of them minoring and/or double majoring in theatre and another field. Students receive an exceptional degree of individual attention from our 11 full-time faculty members.
WHAT KINDS OF SHOWS DO YOU DO AND HOW MANY?
We produce four productions each year: two on our large Proscenium Stage, and two in our flexible, state-of-the art Black Box Theatre. Most shows are directed by our faculty or by professional guest directors. Advanced/Upper Level Theatre Students can apply to Direct and/or Design our annual Studio 3 production.
We are committed to exposing our students to a range of material by balancing realism with classical works (including Shakespeare), musical theatre, modern and contemporary plays, puppetry, and diverse period styles. Our department has received national recognition for its unique approach to classical works and its commitment to complex plays. We have also premiered new plays (including commissioned pieces by internationally renowned playwrights) and student-faculty devised works that attempt to expand the boundaries of what theatre can be.
WHAT DO YOUR GRADUATES DO?
Upon graduation, many UMBC Theatre students enter professional internships or employment immediately upon graduation to gain experience in production management, costuming, theatre production, stage management, educational theatre, audience development, or dramaturgy. These internships are held at professional theatres in and near Baltimore such as Center Stage, Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage, Olney, Round House and in the Washington theatres, such as Woolly Mammoth and Studio Theatre.
Our graduates have become actors on stage, in film, television, and internet series as well as theatre producers, directors, makeup artists, designers, crafts specialists, theatre educators, stage managers, technical directors, technicians, writers, and theatre administrators. UMBC Theatre alumni have been accepted into highly competitive graduate programs, including the Yale School of Drama, California Institute of the Arts, New York University, The University of California at Irvine, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
The Theatre major provides an excellent foundation for a great many careers, and our graduates have proven how diverse the opportunities are (see Noteable Alumni). Many UMBC Theatre alumni are succeeding in fields as divergent as business, education, law, and social work. They attribute their skills to the team-building, critical thinking, and self-discipline they learned at UMBC Theatre.
DO I NEED TO AUDITION FOR THE THEATRE MAJOR?
No. Any UMBC student may declare a Theatre Studies BA major or Minor. There is an audition and/or portfolio review process for certain arts scholarships. Click here for scholarship information. Also, please note that the BFA Acting program does require an application for admission, but that application process does not take place until the second semester of your first year of acting classes. Click here for more information about admissions to UMBC.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR ENTRANCE INTO YOUR PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH INTERESTS IN THEATRE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION?
Any UMBC student may declare the Theatre Studies BA major and begin the track for a concentration in design/production. We recommend that any student interested in design/production contact our offices and set up a meeting with a Design & Production Faculty advisor. Our production program includes scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, stage management, and technical production.
Certain arts scholarships do require a portfolio review click here for scholarship information.
I AM A TRANSFER STUDENT. HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT ENTRANCE INTO THE PROGRAM AND WHAT CLASSES DO I NEED TO TAKE?
Transfer students gain entrance into our theatre program by the same process as freshmen. However, as a transfer student you need to make an appointment with a theatre faculty advisor who will discuss your previous theatre courses and determine the best pursuit of coursework to finish your theatre degree in a timely manner. It is critical that you do not register for classes before speaking with a theatre advisor. Please contact Laurie Newton-King at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment as soon as possible.
I CHANGED MAJORS. HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT CLASSES DO I NEED TO TAKE?
If you change your major to theatre you need to make an appointment with a theatre faculty advisor immediately who will discuss your previous theatre courses and determine the best way to applyyour already completed coursework to a timely completion of your new major. Due to required involvement in coursework labs in the shop and/or in conjunction with work on a production, it is critical that you do not register for classes before speaking with a theatre advisor. Please contact Laurie Newton-King at email@example.com to make an appointment as soon as possible.
DO I HAVE TO BE A THEATRE MAJOR OR MINOR TO HELP OUT BACKSTAGE OR JUST GET INVOLVED?
No, but you do have to register for the appropriate credited course aligned with technical production or “crew” assignments (such as helping to build sets, running a light board, working on costumes, or working backstage during a show). The best way to get involved is to send an email to our production manager, Gregg Schraven firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know of your interest. No experience is necessary.
UMBC Department of Theatre: 410.455.2917