The Theatre major offers a balanced, liberal arts education that integrates production, design, and scholarship. The B.A. in Theatre seeks to introduce students to the history, theory, and literature of theatre; to offer them insights into the cultural diversity that has shaped the creation of theatrical forms around the world; to allow them to develop their own aesthetic sensibilities and their own perspectives as artist and audience member; and to offer them practical training in the areas of theatre craft, from design to directing to performance.
Program Learning Outcomes
By the end of their undergraduate work students should be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge of theatre performance, design, history, craft and literature analysis. They will also be able to demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills and the ability to communicate with written and spoken word and artistic vision. Students will also develop the ability to interpret and analyze dramatic texts with critical understanding of content and methodology. They will expand their awareness of the basic methods and principles for creating a dialogue between theory and practice. Finally, students will develop the ability to work effectively within a collaborative environment.
Academic internships allow students to explore potential career fields, develop career related skills and abilities, observe professionals, and network with relevant contacts. The School supports a variety of internships at the local, national, and international levels. The vibrant Washington D.C. theatre community supports many such opportunities and students are encouraged to take advantage of them. Many performance students receive their first important theatre credits as members of The National Players, a pre-professional touring company in partnership with the Olney Theatre Center. Other internship possibilities include, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Round House Theatre, Arena Stage, Imagination Stage, The Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and in Baltimore, Everyman Theatre, CenterStage, and Theatre Project. The London Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity. The School is home to The Shakespeare Globe Center Research Archive - providing an opportunity for students to serve as interns on campus or in London at the new Shakespeare Globe Theatre.
Study abroad can be a uniquely transforming experience; one we highly recommend! Most popular, is the Maryland in London program, where students live and learn in one of the most exciting Theatre cities of the world. Theatre majors have also studied in Italy, France, Spain, Africa, and Australia, among others. For more information see the Education Abroad website.
In 2004, The former Department of Theatre and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company joined forces to create Woolly/UM, a unique partnership based on a common mission: to forge the future of American theatre through Maryland's extraordinary work in developing young theatre artists and Woolly Mammoth's nationally recognized efforts in the development and production of new plays. This partnership has included staged readings and "blended" productions in which students work with professional artists and learn from affiliated artists who present master-classes, workshops and mentor-ships. Collaborative productions include: The Curse of the Starving Class, The Distance From Here, Savage in Limbo and the premiere of a new work at Woolly Mammoth Fever/Dream. In 2006, a collaborative venture with the African Continuum Theatre Company resulted in the co-production of August Wilson's renowned play The Piano Lesson. In fall 2009, a partnership venture with the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland produced Hotel Cassiopeia at UMD and at the Round House venue in Silver Spring, Maryland.
In fall 2012, the Theatre main-season will include Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream - a co-production with The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. Co directed by Mitchell Hébert and Yu Fanlin, the production will be performed in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as well as various venues in China.
Other producing partnerships in the Washington area include Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Olney Theatre Center for the Arts. Scholarly ventures include collaborations with the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora as well as the University of Maryland Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Off campus, we have had collaborative efforts with the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Opportunities at the University of Maryland:
- Living-Learning Programs
- Study Abroad
- Community Programs
- College of Arts and Humanities Ambassadors
- Undergraduate Research Projects
- Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships
- Dean's Advisory Board