Theatre, BS

The Northeastern Department of Theatre is a community dedicated to creativity, collaboration, and excellence in the pursuit of innovative ways to see, to investigate, and to make theatre for a new generation. We offer students a transformative theatre education by aligning performance and production with academic inquiry and professional experiential learning. Our multidimensional students develop a unique understanding of professionalism and entrepreneurship as the foundations of meaningful careers. We embrace diverse methods, philosophies, and measures of success. Through values of generosity, integrity, respect, and rigor, we explore theatre as a living art that engages with our global society and the moment in which we live.

 
 
 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) may be met through electives in the major.

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND) and Analyzing and Using Data (AD) must be met through general electives.

Theatre Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required for all theatre courses.

Foundational Stages
THTR 1000Theatre at Northeastern1
THTR 1101Introduction to Theatre4
THTR 1120Acting 14
THTR 1131Technical Theatre 14
THTR 1270Introduction to Theatrical Design4
THTR 2325From Script to Stage4
THTR 4100Senior Career Seminar (Senior Career Seminar)1
Theatre Texts and Context
Complete two of the following:8
Classics of Global Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
America Onstage: Dramatizing the Dream
Theatre and Society
Making Theatre
THTR 1100Production Experience 11
THTR 2000Production Experience 21
THTR 3700Rehearsal and Production: The Art of Collaboration4
THTR 4702Capstone Rehearsal and Performance4
Advanced Technique
Complete one of the following:4
Students concentrating in theatre performance should complete THTR 3300, THTR 3450 or THTR 3550.
Students concentrating in production should complete THTR 3550 or THTR 3600.
Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Performance
Acting 3—Playing Shakespeare (Theatre Performance Concentration)
Directing for the Stage

Electives 

Complete the following electives or choose one of the concentrations below.

Complete four of the following:16
Activism and Performance
Movement for the Actor
Classics of Global Theatre
History of Musical Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
America Onstage: Dramatizing the Dream
Playwriting
Boston Theatre Experience
Theatre and Society
Acting 2
Acting for the Camera
Viewpoints
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Fashion Construction and Pattern Making
Scenic Design
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Theatre
Voice and Speech for the Actor
Queer Theatre and Performance (Queer Theatre - to be added)
Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Performance
Designing Combat for the Stage (Designing Combat for the Stage - to be added)
Acting 3—Playing Shakespeare
Directing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Performance

Theatre Major Credit Requirement

Complete 60 semester hours in the major. The performance and production concentrations require 68 semester hours.

Program Requirement

131 total semester hours required


Theatre Performance Concentration

A minimum grade of C is required for all theatre courses in the performance concentration.

Performance
THTR 1260Movement for the Actor4
THTR 2342Acting 24
THTR 2600Voice and Speech for the Actor4
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Activism and Performance
Classics of Global Theatre
History of Musical Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
Playwriting
Boston Theatre Experience
Theatre and Society
Acting for the Camera
Viewpoints
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Fashion Construction and Pattern Making
Scenic Design
Queer Theatre and Performance (Queer Theatre - to be added)
Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Performance
Designing Combat for the Stage (Designing Combat for the Stage - to be added)
Acting 3—Playing Shakespeare
Directing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Performance

Theatre Production Concentration

A minimum grade of C is required for all theatre courses in the production concentration.

Design and Production
Complete four of the following:16
The Evolution of Fashion and Costume
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Fashion Construction and Pattern Making
Scenic Design
Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Activism and Performance
Fashion and Costume Design in Film and Television
Classics of Global Theatre
History of Musical Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
Playwriting
Boston Theatre Experience
Theatre and Society
Acting 2
Acting for the Camera
Viewpoints
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Fashion Construction and Pattern Making
Scenic Design
Queer Theatre and Performance (Queer Theatre - to be added)
Devised Theatre Project: Collaborative Performance
Designing Combat for the Stage (Designing Combat for the Stage - to be added)
Directing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Performance

Theatre, BS

Sample Four Years, One Co-op in Spring/Summer

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 10001THTR 11314Elective4Vacation0
THTR 11014Theatre texts and context #14Elective4 
THTR 11204Theatre elective #14  
ENGW 11114MATH 12154  
Elective4   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 11001Co-op #1Co-op #10Vacation0
THTR 23254   
THTR 12704   
Elective4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 18 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 20001Theatre elective #34Elective4Vacation0
Theatre texts and context #24THTR 37004Elective4 
Theatre elective #24Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
THTR 41001Theatre advanced technique4  
Theatre elective #44THTR 47024  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16  
Total Hours: 133

Theatre, BS

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 10001THTR 11314Vacation0Vacation0
THTR 11014Theatre texts and context #14  
THTR 11204Theatre elective #14  
ENGW 11114MATH 12154  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 11001Co-op #1Co-op #10Vacation0
THTR 12704   
THTR 23254   
Elective4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 18 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 20001Co-op #2Co-op #2Vacation0
Theatre texts and context #24   
Theatre elective #24   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Theatre elective #34Theatre elective #44VacationVacation0
THTR 37004Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective 4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
THTR 41001THTR 47024  
Theatre advanced technique4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16  
Total Hours: 133