Theatre StudiesTheatre is a complex art form that encourages nuanced consideration of cultures and communities. It enriches our perceptions of the world and expands our ability to communicate.
When you study theatre, you explore the power of imagery and the spoken word in the context of history, politics, philosophy and religion. With this understanding, you see culture, society – even yourself – through a new lens. Your intuition sharpens along with your creativity and analytical skill – tools that serve you well both on stage and off.
At St. Norbert College, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre studies. Or you may minor in the field by completing six courses in the theatre studies curriculum.
A Theatre Studies Degree at Work
Theatre studies equips you for much more than professional acting. While plenty of St. Norbert theatre studies graduates work in professional theatre or the entertainment industry, the skills forged in the program adapt to different scenes just as readily as performers do. St. Norbert theatre studies graduates have successfully entered many different professions:
- Communications director
- Performing arts center manager
- Nonprofit arts organization administrator
- Set designer
- Costume designer
- Sales representative
- Business manager
- Arts critic
- Public relations specialist
- Broadcast journalist
- Stage manager
- Tour guide
- Training and development director
- Make-up artist
- Talent agent
Performing is one of the greatest thrills for a theatre studies student, and opportunities to do so are plentiful at St. Norbert College. The theatre studies discipline stages two student shows each academic year.
In addition, the student-run Knight Theatre presents one full-length musical each academic year. Students direct the show, act in it, design and construct the set and lighting, and manage marketing and administration.
You can also pursue paid or for-credit internships on or off campus to get real-world theatre experience. Theatre studies professors hire students to help produce shows, and regional theatre companies place students in entry-level positions.
As a theatre studies student, you may qualify for the Stephen O’Toole Theatre Scholarship. This need-based award recognizes demonstrated interest and facility in theatre.