College of Arts and Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Letters
Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room 207
About the Program
The Theatre Department's combined historical, theoretical and applied curriculum develops a wide range of knowledge and practical skills. Theatre studies prepare students for a variety of careers, and enrich many aspects of their lives. The department provides opportunities for individuals to wrestle with the important questions of human existence, including understanding themselves in many diverse and complex global and domestic cultural contexts.
All students receive training in all aspects of theatre, but as they discover their unique abilities and talents, the students will work closely with faculty advisers to tailor their experiences to suit their emerging specialties.
Why Major in Theatre?
- Earn a living doing what you love
- Theatre leads to jobs
- Theatre offers many careers
- Theatre is more than all of that
- Theatre is an art, a vibrant field, a vocation
- Don't spend the rest of your life saying, "I wish I had"...because you can!
Choose Theatre at ESU
- Professionally experienced faculty
- Excellent facilities
- Academic preparation combined with practical application
- Faculty mentoring
- Multiple performance opportunities
- Leadership development
- Study abroad programs
- Acquire key skills sought after by employers in any field.
- Direct exposure to professional theatre in nearby New York City.
Students of any major are welcome to audition for theatre productions and are invited to participate behind the scenes in design and technical theatre. Auditions are posted on the large bulletin board in the Fine Arts Building Lobby and announced at Stage II and in Theatre classes. Auditions for the first Fall production often take place as early as the first week of school.
Students may audition beginning in their freshman year for roles in Theatre Department mainstage productions and Stage II one act plays. A number of classes also provide performance opportunities through showcases and recitals with no auditions required: Stage and Comic Technique, Children's Theatre, Directing, Advanced Acting (class entry by audition), Collaborative Theatre Workshop, and Senior Seminar.
Theatre productions encompass a range of genres including:
- Classical Theatre,
- Musical Theatre
- Contemporary Theatre
- Theatre for Young Audiences
- Stage II Student produced and directed One Acts
More information is available from the department faculty.
What Programs are offered?
- B.A. Theatre- Acting for Theatre, Television and Film
- B.A. Theatre- Musical Theatre
- B.A. Theatre- Design/Technical Theatre
- B.A. Theatre- Directing
- Minor in Theatre
After appropriate preparation through classes and entry-level experiences, students are invited to take on leadership positions in ESU theatre productions that bolster their resumes and often lead to internships, employment and graduate school opportunities.
Careers in Theatre
Entertainment is one of the biggest exports in the United States. Theatre is one of the biggest industries in nearby New York City. Theatre department alumni are working in arts and entertainment in the United States and internationally, have gone on to excellent graduate programs, and have transferred their skills to related fields.
- Artistic Director
- Scenic Designer
- Costume Designer
- Lighting Designer
- Sound Designer
- Make-up Designer
- Multimedia Designer
- Theatre Professor
- Acting Teacher
- High School Drama Teacher
- Education Director
- Technical Director
- Stage Manager
- Costume Shop Manager
- Scenic Carpenter
- Scene Painter
- Master Electrician
- Properties Master
- Executive Director
- Production Manager
- Publicity Director
- Casting Director
- Events Manager
"(Performing arts) producers (and directors) share many responsibilities with those who work as top executives."
U.S. Department of Labor Statistics
Skills shared by top executives and those trained in theatre leadership:
- Highly developed interpersonal skills
- An analytical mind
- Quick assessment of large amounts of information and data
- Evaluation of the relationships between numerous factors
- Clear and persuasive communication
- Ability to meet deadlines under pressure
- Flexibility to adapt to unexpected obstacles
- Leadership, self-confidence, motivation, decisiveness, flexibility, sound judgment, and determination
U.S. Government Occupation Outlook Handbook 2008-9
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
40 semester hours
- Required Course in the Major:
- Core Curriculum (20 semester hours, plus 9 directed GE credits): THTR 100, 102, 103 210, either THTR 101 or 230, 302, 304, 341, 490, and three semester hours selected from theatre studies: THTR 320, 325, 330, 335, 420.
- Track I: Acting for Theatre, Television and Film: (20 Credits- 16 from major and 4 credits of cognates) THTR 127 (THTR 127 Movement for the Actor (3), http://www.), 211, 202, 360, three semester credits from: THTR 310, 343, or 440, and one additional credit of THTR 103 (beyond core requirement).
- Track II: Musical Theatre (20 Credits- 15 from major plus 5 credits cognates in Music, 2 credits Directed Dance/FIT GE's) THTR 127 (THTR 127 Movement for the Actor (3), http://www.), 202, 211, 350, three semester credits from: THTR 310, 343 or 440
- Track III: Design/ Technical Theatre (20 Credits- 17 from major, plus 3 cognate credits in Art): THTR 343, two additional credits of THTR 103 (at least one as design assistant or in technical leadership), nine semester hours (at least six must be design courses) from: 240, 301, 331, 332, or 430, and one additional theatre studies course from: 320, 325, 330, 335 or 420.
- Track IV: Directing (20 credits- 17 from THTR, plus 3 cognate credits in MCOM) THTR 343, two additional credits in THTR 103 (at least one as AD, ASM, or SM), six additional acting/directing credits (at least one must be an acting course) from: THTR 202, 310, 440, 486, three credits of design from THTR 301, 331, or 430, and one additional theatre studies course from THTR 320, 325, 330, 335, or 420.
- Track V: Fine Arts (20 credits- 8 from THTR plus six cognate credits in Art and six in Music) two additional credits of THTR 103 (one recommended as dramaturge, AD, SM, ASM), 6 additional Theatre credits from: 320, 325, 330,335, 343, or 420.
- Required Cognate Courses:
- Core: None
- Track I: Three semester hours from: MCOM 210, CMST/THTR 163, or CMST 229, one semester hour from Dance from FIT 140, 141, or 142
- Track II: Two keyboard credits chosen from: MUS 110, 111, 160, 161, 260, 261, 360, 361, 460, 461 and three music theory credits from: MUS 101, 220, or 320.
- Track III: Three semester hours in studio Art (by advisement)
- Track IV: Co-requisite: MCOM 210
- Track V: Co-requisite: 6 credits of ART; 6 credits of MUS (at least 3 semester hours be from Fine Arts Music courses).
- Additional Requirements: Directed GE Courses:
- Core: 9 credits of directed GEs: One Humanities Fine Art THTR 100, one humanities performing art THTR 210 plus doubling up in either fine or performing art with THTR 101 (PA) or 230 (FA)
- Track I: NONE
- Track II: Two FIT credits in Dance from FIT 140, 141 or 142
- Track III: NONE
- Track IV: NONE
- Track V: NONE
- Residency Requirement: A minimum of 12 upper division theatre credits at East Stroudsburg University.
Minor in Theatre
19 semester hours
- Required Courses: THTR 100 and 103 (one credit course); one of THTR 101, 102, or 230; one of THTR 310, 343 or 341; one of THTR 211, 301, 332, or 430, one of THTR 302, 304, 420, plus three additional credits from any of the above-listed courses.
Students enrolled in technical theatre courses will gain practical as well as theoretical experience and are required to assist on theatre productions.
Participation in Stage II, the student run theatre club, is strongly encouraged.
Theatre Course Sequences
- All ESU students are required to take a total of 30 upper division semester credits (300 level or above). The number of upper level credits covered by the B.A. theatre varies by track. Additional upper division courses will be required outside the track requirements and/or outside the major.
- Upper division courses generally require one or more prerequisites and are offered less frequently, so students will need to plan for them.
- Fitness electives particularly recommended for actors include yoga, any dance style, gymnastics, martial arts, or fencing. However, any kind of regular fitness class or program will be helpful.
- Technical theatre courses and children's theatre have a lab component involving work on theatre productions for students to gain practical as well as theoretical experience.
- Participation in Stage II, the student run theatre club, is strongly encouraged.
- Students may have to vary their course sequence to accommodate courses, which are offered less frequently.
Anticipated Schedules (Subject to change by the university without notice)
Offered every Fall and Spring semester:
THTR 100 GE: Introduction to Theatre (multiple sections);
THTR 101 GE: Play Production (1 section)
THTR 102 GE: Acting (multiple sections);
THTR 103 Theatre Practicum (1 credit course, 1 section).
Offered once a year:
THTR 220 GE: Children's Theatre
Either Fall or Spring:
THTR 240 GE: Stage Make-up
THTR 204 GE: Musical Theatre
Offered every other year:
THTR 118 GE: Stage and Comic Technique
THTR 127 GE: (THTR 127 Movement for the Actor (3), http://www.) Movement for the Actor
THTR 210 GE: Design for Performing Arts
THTR 211 GE: Voice for Performance
THTR 301 GE: Costume Design
THTR 302 GE: History I
THTR 304 GE: History II
THTR 310 GE: Advanced Acting (by audition)
THTR 331 GE: Theatrical Lighting
THTR 332 GE: Scene Painting
THTR 341 GE: Stage Management
THTR 343 GE: Directing
THTR 350 GE: Acting for Musical Theatre
THTR 360: Acting for the Camera
THTR 420 GE: Myth and Ritual (alternately offered on tour in Oxford, England)
THTR 430 GE: Scene Design
Offered In Rotation Over a Four-Year Period:
(Dependent on specialties of available faculty)
THTR 320 GE: Women in Theatre, THTR 325 GE: Asian Theatre (also offered periodically on tour in China), THTR 330 GE: African Theatre, THTR 335 GE: Latino Theatre, THTR 440: Collaborative Theatre Workshop
Offered by Special Arrangement:
THTR 235 Drafting for the Performing Arts
THTR 230 GE: Stagecraft
THTR 486 Field Experience and Internship
THTR 490 Senior Seminar
Offered Currently through Communication Studies:
Introduction to Film Studies
Art and History of Film
For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3694 or e-mail department secretary Pamela Gallina at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on specific tracks, contact the track adviser. To become a major, contact the theatre chair. For information on the minor, contact any theatre faculty.
Department of Theatre 570-422-3759 www.esu.edu/theatre
For ticket information call 570-422-3483 x4.