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Theatre Studies FAQ

WHO IS THE B.A. IN THEATRE STUDIES MAJOR SUITABLE FOR?
The BA program in Theatre Studies is designed for the student who is interested in a broad understanding of multiple areas of theatre. It is also designed for the theatre student who has an interest in areas of Theatre that may not be best covered on focused upon in the other areas.

HOW OFTEN ARE THEATRE STUDIES STUDENTS INVOLVED IN ACTING IN PRODUCTIONS AND/OR THE DESIGN PROCESS FOR PRODUCTIONS?
Very often. The Theatre Studies track can take on a range of directions. While it does not have the precisely focused course work of the BFA Acting, or BA Design & Production concentration, BA Theatre Studies students pursue a range of interests in their time at UMBC including acting, playwriting, directing, stage management, design, various technician Work, and administrative jobs in the department. The limitations and focus of the Theatre Studies track is as diverse as theatre itself and can be a perfect choice for the student interested in many and/or multiple areas of Theatre.

WHAT DO YOUR THEATRE STUDIES GRADUATES DO?
Many of our Theatre Studies graduates work in stage management, educational theatre, audience development, dramaturgy, or any one of the areas of theatre production. We offer graduating students guidance and recommendations to receive internships. Some have attended graduate programs at Temple University, University of California at Irvine, California Institute of the Arts, Purdue University, New York University, University of Delaware, North Carolina School of the Arts, George Washington University, among others. We have graduates who have founded their own theatre companies, and others who are actors working at professional theatres throughout the country. Some now make good use of the skills they learned in our program building successful careers in business, teaching, law, and social work. Check out our Notable Alumni for more examples!

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 your required theatre curriculum. Do not register for classes before meeting with a Theatre Department Advisor. To schedule a meeting with a member of our Faculty contact Laurie Newton laurienk@umbc.edu.

More about being a Transfer Student here.

UMBC Department of Theatre: 410.455.2917