Majoring in Theater
As a theater major at Connecticut College, you are immersed in the entire process of staging a performance – acting, directing, design, technical theater, playwriting, dramaturgy and dramatic literature. We have three theater spaces on campus, and there's likely to be an extraordinary performance in at least one of them at any given moment. The liberal arts offer limitless ways for you to explore connections with other disciplines that will enrich your theater studies. You develop a strong working relationship with your professors. They direct and critique your performances, and are available for ongoing consultation and discussion. Your options for acting and directing are many and varied.
Performances and productions
You can participate in our main stage productions as well as in independent productions sponsored by the department or by student groups. Works recently staged include "Dead Man's Cell Phone;" "Four Dead in Ohio: Antigone at Kent State;" "Three Sisters;" "I <3 Juliet: A Hip Hop Musical," an original ensemble piece created by The Q Brothers in collaboration with students; and "On The Town," a collaboration with the departments of music and dance. As a senior, you may choose to work with a faculty mentor on a one-semester capstone project or a two-semester honors study in writing, performing, directing or design. The project represents the culmination of your college study of theater and may serve as a starting point for future work.
You have many opportunities to intern at regional or New York theaters, study abroad and collaborate with guest artists in acting, directing, design and technical theater. Students have completed summer internships at the nearby Eugene O'Neill Theater Center as well as the Pearl Theatre, the Signature Theatre and the Culture Project, all in New York City. In your junior year, you can study at theater institutes in the U.S. or abroad. Recently, students have gone to Moscow, Italy and Ireland.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Theater?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Q: Why Connecticut College? Why theater?
A: I knew I wanted to be a theater major, and the department definitely was what I wanted. It takes a multidisciplinary look at theater and asks students to explore the various parts of the subject. And I adored that there are practicum requirements, so I knew I would work on department shows. Being a bit of a music theater geek, I was really excited that the department does a musical once a year, which is essentially unheard of among the colleges I was looking at.
Q: Did you study away?
A: I spent the fall semester of my junior year at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Conn. It was an intensive semester of theater in an ensemble-based environment -- essentially a year of conservatory training crammed into four months. It was hands down the most transformative educational experience of my life.
Q: What role has the College's career development and funded internship program (CELS) played in your experience?
A: My CELS funded internship was at the O'Neill Theater Center, where the National Theater Institute is located. I spent the summer assisting the artistic directors of the National Music Theater Conference and the Cabaret Conference. I sat in on countless rehearsals and had the opportunity to make connections I never would have otherwise.
- The Art of Theater
- Acting I: Preparation
- Acting II: Play Analysis
- Playwriting Workshop
- Directing One: Coaching the Actor
- American Drama
- Solo Performance Event
- The AIDS Epidemic in Theater and Film
- Theories of Performance
- Eugene O'Neill and his America
- Advanced Scene Study: Shakespeare
- Advanced Scene Study: Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg and O'Neill
- The Breakout/ Breakthrough Musical: Form and Content
By: Scott Pulvirent ’14
Advising Faculty: David Jaffe
By: Jacob Rosenbaum ’14
Advising Faculty: Ken Prestininzi
"Medea of Gaza"
By: Julian Gordon ’14, Julia Larsen ’14
Advising Faculty: Ken Prestininzi and David Jaffe