Overview

The Theatre Studies track gives you the opportunity to fashion your own areas of focus in consultation with a theatre advisor. In addition to its curricular requirements, the Program provides you with practical experience in all aspects of theatre production as part of your educational experience.

Differentiators 

  • Student passion for subject matter; leadership roles
  • Small studio classes for more personal mentoring from faculty 
  • Individualized, guided educational experience
  • Faculty involvement with student clubs 
  • Faculty actively working as artists in New York City and across New England 

Topics Covered

  • Performance and Directing Techniques 
  • Design Techniques 
  • Theatre History 
  • Script Analysis 
  • Emerging Theatre Technologies 

Career Preparation 

  • Internship support 
  • Practical production experience 
  • Faculty guidance on applications, letters, and portfolios 
  • Guest speakers showcasing professionals working from a Theatre background 
  • Acceptance in MA/Ph.D., MFA Acting, MFA Design, MFA Theatre for Youth 

Opportunities 

  • High-quality theatrical productions 
  • Strong opportunities for involvement from the first semester 
  • Students present work at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 
  • Strong creative/collaborative environment

Internship Opportunities

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville 
  • Berkshire Theatre Group 
  • Westport County Playhouse 
  • Hartford Stage Company 
  • Barrington Stage Company 
  • Chester Theatre Company 
  • Circus Smirkus 
  • Bay Street Theatre Company 
  • St. Michael’s Playhouse 

Outcomes 

  • Hone skills in oral, written, physical, and visual communication 
  • Develop personal creative expressiveness 
  • Team building and collaboration 
  • Critical thinking and problem solving 
  • Engaging with complex philosophical and social issues that explore the nature of humanity in a community setting 

 

  • 2

    Student-Directed,
    Designed & Produced
    productions each year 

  • Exposure to professional theatre productions

    to professional
    theatre productions 

  • Focused

     mentoring

Requirements

Requirements for the Theatre Arts Major - 42 Credits

Students are automatically enrolled in the Theatre Studies track of the major, with placement in the Performance or Design/Technology tracks granted at the discretion of the Theatre Arts faculty, following an audition or interview process.

Please view the Theatre Arts department's page to view all offered concentrations and their requirements.

Theatre Arts Core Curriculum - 30 Credits

Theatre Studies Track - 12 Credits
Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

Student Theatre Association (STA)

The purpose of STA is to create a learning environment for students interested in theatre. STA will strive to provide its members with a variety of theatrical opportunities that will explore all aspects of theatre

Advisor

Student Theatre Association (STA)

Being a part of the Theatre Program at Westfield State allowed me to explore all of the aspects that go into creating a theatrical production. With the help of a supportive faculty and staff, I was able to create a schedule that was specific to me and my interests.

Courtney Kossick, Class of 2016

Class of 2016

Notable Faculty & Alumni 

  • James Jackson, Jr., Obie Award Winning Actor and Singer 
  •  Alyssa Wright, CEO and Founder of Wright Consulting Group 
  • Philanthropy & Fund-Raising Consultant and contributing writer at Forbes 
  • Barrett Leddy, Voice Actor 
  • Bridget Collins, Lighting Supervisor, The Huntington Theatre Company 
  • Madeleine Hebert, National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Lighting Design. Accepted MFA Candidate at Carnegie Mellon, Cal Arts, New York University and The University of Ohio 
  • Stuart Holland, Event Audio Technician/Sound Designer, Roger Williams Zoo 

Still have questions?

Sabine Klein, Ph.D.
Theatre Arts Program Coordinator