Arts & Humanities

Theater Arts

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Program Opportunities 

  • Major in Theater Arts
    • Performance and Directing Concentration
    • Design and Technology Concentration
    • History, Dramaturgy and Criticism Concentration


Theater is an art. The theater students have a love for drama, acting, and the production of theater in general. Not all majors need to be drawn toward acting, however. There are many other aspects of theater in which to specialize: lighting, staging, writing, for instance. Here, they will learn of every aspect about the theater industry, as well as specific aspects of it, such as what goes on behind the scenes, how actors become proficient in their craft and, in general, how everything works together in a quality theatrical production. 

Theater Arts boasts a robust production season of 3-5 main stage shows directed by faculty or guest directors, and 3-12 lab shows directed by students. The department regularly hosts guest artists for additional workshops, lectures and talks. Auditions for all productions are open to majors and non-majors alike.  

Theater Arts majors regularly secure internships, apprenticeships and employment in theater production upon graduation. Theater Arts majors have successfully gone on to graduate training programs in performance, design and history. Still other graduates find their Theater Arts B.A. excellent preparation for law school, medical school or other fields of employment that prioritize communication, project management and creativity.

Careers for a Theater Arts Degree

  • Professional Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Directing
  • Stage Management
  • Set Design
  • Costume Design
  • Stylist
  • Dramaturg/Literary Management
  • Theater Education
  • Drama Therapy
  • Arts Administration

Program Highlights 

Theater Arts majors regularly work alongside faculty, graduate students, teaching artists, and professional guests. The department provides experiences in many areas of theatrical production, training, and study. Faculty advised capstone experiences, directed studies and special projects complement coursework. All majors are mentored by leading professionals who are also passionate teachers. 

As a Theater Arts major at Manchester, students have the chance to:

  • Get professional experience through the Repertory Project, which allows students to perform alongside union actors from New York and elsewhere.
  • Work on theater productions  as a freshman, instead of waiting years for a chance.

  • Take all your performing arts classes with experienced faculty (never graduate students).

  • Belong to a supportive, tight-knit community of talented theater majors.

Why Manchester?

Manchester’s Theater Arts major blends hands-on experience in production with foundational training and advanced study. A core liberal arts base of coursework serves intermediate and advanced study in the classroom, rehearsal room, studio and theater. 

As a Theater Arts major, you have the option to specialize in one or more of three areas of concentration: Performance and Directing; Design and Technology; or History, Dramaturgy and Criticism.

Whatever your career path, you’ll grow your talents and develop close relationships with your fellow Theater Arts majors and faculty who encourage and support you and will become your mentors. At Manchester, you’ll find all the opportunities you need to succeed, coupled with close, personal attention that you won’t find at a bigger college.

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