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Theatre Program Overview

Students in Manhattanville’s theatre major program study the foundations of acting, voice and speech, as well as dramatic literature, production, and design. This four-year theatre program develops students’ technical skills in performance and knowledge of theory, supported by studio practice and performance opportunities


Areas of study you can pursue through the bachelor’s in theatre program include:

  • Acting and Performance
  • Directing
  • Playwriting
  • Technical Theatre
  • Stage Management
  • Dance and Choreography
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The BA in Theatre is ideal for students interested in all areas of theatre, whether you already have a background in a particular area or if you have a broad interest in the art form and a passion to follow a career in the industry. 

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The core curriculum of the BA in Theatre incorporates elements of performance, as well as the research and practice of the theory behind the craft. With an emphasis on each student’s unique creative process, theatre major requirements allow students to explore collaborations within the theatre arts and between theatre and other disciplines.

Due to the performance requirements of the theatre major, you’ll likely take more than the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Arts designation. Requirements include:

Entrance audition
43 credits in core major courses
Participation in two theatre productions and one stage crew practicum
Senior thesis seminar supporting final productions
Total of 90 liberal arts-designated credits
Completed general education curriculum
Through production experiences and the ability to add extra training in a topic such as playwriting, acting, set design, lighting design, or costume design, students interested in all areas of theatre arts can be a fit for the BA in Theatre.

Review complete degree and course requirements for theatre majors.

Acting and Theatre Courses
Courses in the bachelor’s in theatre degree program cover acting performance, essential backstage knowledge, stage management, and design. In some courses, you’ll prepare for and produce an actual onstage performance.

Theatre courses include:

Acting I and Acting II
Acting for the Camera
Stagecraft I and II
Directing I
Stage Management
Survey of Dramatic Literature I: The Classics
Survey of Dramatic Lit II: Modern Drama

Theatre Degree Career Pathways
Earning a BA in Theatre can empower students to follow career paths ranging from community theatre or theatre education to starting businesses in casting, coaching, or consulting. And, of course, there are the production and performance roles such as actor, director, writer, and stagehand.

Our undergraduate theatre program prepares students for career paths across all these areas of theatre arts and more. Backed by theory-driven technical training and a holistic approach to general education, theatre majors at Manhattanville are supplied with the professional skills needed to earn their first acting role, direct their first feature, or find their first position working in production.

Actors: With the rise of streaming, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that acting will see an estimated 32% increase in the job market, much higher than the average across occupations.
Production, Casting, and Directing: Manhattanville theatre majors will be well prepared to call the shots regarding future productions on stage or screen and to pursue graduate studies. These roles are also expected to see a higher-than-average increase in roles over 2020-2030, according to the BLS.
The unique flexibility of the degree encourages many students to earn a double major or minor in another discipline. Interdisciplinary training may allow students to find work in important areas of theatre production, like accounting, marketing, or public relations. For some careers, such as casting or teaching, there are graduate and professional certification programs the BA in Theatre provides a solid foundation for.

Whether students see themselves working on stage, in the production trailer, or in the drama classroom, the production and performance experiences of Manhattanville’s theatre degree can move them closer to their career goals.


Minor Requirements: 19 credits

DTH 1000 Creative Process


DTH 1001 Acting I


DTH 2030 Directing I


DTH 3202 Survey of Dramatic Literature I: The Classics


DTH 4002 Acting II: Scene Study


DTH 4010 Voice & Speech I


DTH 4400 Performance Project: Theatre


DTH 4500A Production Practicum Stage Crew



DTH 4400 and DTH 4500A: Do not receive Liberal Arts credit.

Gain On-Stage Experience
Whether you have dreams of writing, directing, or performing in theatre productions, you’ll be able to get hands-on experience throughout your undergraduate journey.

In addition to in-classroom learning under the mentorship of the professional directors, playwrights, theatre educators, and actors on the faculty, students in the theatre program will apply what they’ve learned in multiple production experiences:

Theatre majors must rehearse, prepare, and participate in at least two mainstage productions
For the Spring production project, students typically perform Shakespeare
One more experience, the Production Practicum, is a stage crew experience where students assist in various areas of backstage production, from costumes to sound
Students prepare for their final productions and performances throughout a guided Senior Thesis Project experience. In this seminar-style course, theatre majors develop a theoretical structure for their work and develop a successful process for completing their final project.

Theatre Internships
Students in the BA in Theatre have completed internships for degree credit, attended conservatory training semesters at different institutions, and found other credit-earning opportunities through our close access to the theatres, studios, and arts organizations in New York City.

Learn how Manhattanville’s Center for Career Development helps students find internships and other workplace learning opportunities.

Acting and Performance Clubs and Organizations
Strengthen your performance resume further by participating in Manhattanville’s extracurricular theatre arts clubs:

Broadway at Manhattanville (B@M)
The Manhattanville Gilbert and Sullivan Players
Broadway at Manhattanville and other Manhattanville performing arts clubs are open to students of all majors, so they are ideal for tailoring your undergraduate experience to your interests and passions. Review all of Manhattanville’s student organizations.

The BA in Theatre admissions process includes the submission of an audition packet comprised of a prepared performance and supporting documents.

First, make sure you’ve completed an application for admission to Manhattanville. Then, submit the necessary documents as well as your virtual audition (if not auditioning in person).

The complete theatre program audition submission should include:

Essay describing why you would like to study theatre in our program and outlining your career goals
Resume detailing performance, education, and experience prior to applying and any other skills you may have (musical instruments, etc.)
A letter of recommendation from a teacher in the field
Performance component: two contrasting monologues done from memory
On-campus auditions are held in the winter and spring for the following academic year. Students should audition for Manhattanville’s theatre program in the spring prior to entering Manhattanville. Or, submit a theatre major audition online through our ACCEPTD portal anytime.

Learn all about auditioning to become a theatre major at Manhattanville and contact admissions if you have any questions.

Acceptance Scholarships
Each student’s application and theatre audition package, including GPA and test scores, will be evaluated to determine eligibility for scholarship awards. Learn about the acceptance and performing arts scholarships available to Manhattanville students.

Four On-Campus Performance Spaces
Theatre majors extend their talents across four different stages on campus. Our robust performance facilities host many events, from student projects to visiting workshops and festivals.

  • Little Theatre: An intimate yet grand space for mainstage productions
  • EX Theatre: Home to a range of performances, from black box theatre to Fresh Ink, a festival featuring new works
  • Reid Castle: The annual Manhattanville Shakespeare Festival is hosted in this regal 19th- century castle
  • Pius X Hall: Workshops, student recitals, and more
  • Students can also run lines and refine monologues in one of our ten soundproof practice rooms.


Apply to the BA in Theatre
Just minutes away from the endless opportunities of New York City, students in Manhattanville’s Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree program learn how to construct, produce, perform, and theorize about theatre in all forms.

If you’re interested in the performance experience and broad curriculum of the BA in Theatre degree, plan a visit to the Manhattanville campus and review complete admissions information.

Take the first step by requesting more information or log in and begin your Manhattanville application today.