Theatre

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  • curtain call for Avenue Q
  • Scene from a campus production

Introduction

Undergraduate Programs Offered:

  • B.A. Theatre
  • English/Theatre Subject Matter Advising for the English Single Subject Credential Minor in Theatre

Minor Programs Offered:

  • Theatre Acting/Directing
  • Theatre Design/Technology
  • Theatre History/Literature
  • Musical Theatre

Graduate Degree Offered:

  • M.A. Theatre

 

DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS

The B.A. and the M.A. degree programs are designed to enrich the student’s aesthetic and intellectual needs in the areas of theatrical production, theatre history, literature, and criticism, and to provide pre-professional training. As a lab for the formal training in the classroom, undergraduate students are required to participate in department sponsored production activities each semester. Theatre CSUN functions as the department’s formal producing organization. Eight or more full-length productions of dramas, musicals, and operas are cast, rehearsed and mounted annually by faculty, staff, students and guest artists. These productions are available for student participants on an audition or volunteer basis. All aspects of the program are carefully coordinated with the theatre curriculum. Three minor options in theatre are designed to provide an organized program in theatre arts for students who wish to augment a major in another field.

 

CAREERS

The B.A. degree in Theatre prepares a student for advanced study in a pre-professional (M.F.A.) or academic (M.A.) program. It also serves as preliminary study for a performance and/or production career in live theatre as well as the allied industries of television and cinema. The interpersonal and collaborative skills learned in the program will serve the graduate well in a variety of related disciplines including the fields of education (both as teacher and administrator), psychology, law and a variety of private and governmental positions where a well-rounded liberal arts education will provide the flexibility and broad base of knowledge likely to be required in future careers.

GRADUATE PROGRAM
Our Graduate program in Theatre is headed by Dr. Ah-Jeong Kim. She shares this current news:

 I thought I should share a good news that Neda Armstrong, one of the MA candidates in Theatre has just been accepted at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. She wrote her paper on the Greek concepts of "moira" (fate) and "dike" (justice) in TH 422: Theatre and Drama of Greece and Rome last semester.

One of the Ph.D program bound students, Neda builds upon the achievements of other MA candidates before her. The list of CSUN MA students moved onto Ph.D programs includes Katie Brost, who won the CSU State-wide Research Competition a few years ago, now at UC Irvine-San Diego's joint Doctoral program, Paul Backer, Professor at USC, Erica Stevens Abbitt, another graduate of CSUN MA program, recently tenured at the U of Windsor. (The list is lengthy but I will save it for the accreditation report next year.)