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    Why Study BA in Theatre Arts?

    The BA in Theatre Arts major, with its four concentrations, offers students an opportunity to study with New York theatre professionals, to work on main stage productions, establish professional contacts, and obtain internships with some of New York’s major theaters and professional organizations.

    Why Study Theatre Arts at MMC?

    MMC is centrally located in Manhattan and offers classes that allow students to experience the richness of the city. We combine professional theatre education and training with the liberal arts, teaching our students how to create compelling, informed, imaginative, and innovative theatre. Our students are exposed to great theatre — on Broadway, Off-Broadway, along Theatre Row, and downtown in experimental theatres — and they take advantage of the best of New York City’s  internship opportunities. Since Marymount Manhattan is an undergraduate college, students do not compete with graduate students for design, directing, stage management, acting, dramaturgy, and playwriting opportunities.

    What You Will Learn

    Upon completing the Theatre Arts major, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate comprehension of achievements in drama and theatrical production across a range of periods and cultures;
    • Demonstrate comprehension of the interdisciplinarity of theatre study and the collaborative nature of theatre production;
    • Demonstrate writing, oral communication, research, performance, and technical skills as foundations for building specific expertise in selected areas of concentration;
    • Draw on external resources for further study and work experience by utilizing museums, theatres, performing arts organizations, libraries, and other institutions in New York City and abroad.

    There are five areas of concentration that develop specific expertise within the general program

    Required Courses

    Stagecraft

    Script Analysis

    Theatre Histories I and II

    Elements of Directing

    Shakespeare, the Stage, and Humanity

    Advanced Studies in Drama and Theatre

    Theatre Elective (from list of courses TBD)

    Plus Courses from One of the Following Concentrations

    Directing

    Acting: Process andTechnique

    Acting: Beginning Scene Study

    Stage Management

    Theatre Production: Main Stage

    Dramatic Forms and Genres

    Directing II

    Design for Directors and Choreographers, or Digital Sound Workshop, or Costume Design I, or Lighting Design I, or Scenic Design I

    Theatre History and Performance Texts

    Performance Research

    Advanced Studies in Drama and Theatre

    Dramatury Practicum, or Independent Study, or Internship

    Three 300-400 Level Dramatic Lit Courses (from a list of courses)

    Theatre and New Media 

    Introduction to Lighting for Film & Video

    Digital Sound Workshop

    New Media Workshop

    Video Field Production

    Theatre Games and Improvisation

    Acting for Majors

    Performing with Digital Media

    One Special Topics in New Media Course (from a list of courses)

    Theatre Performance 

    Voice and Speech for the Actor I and II

    Acting: Process and Technique

    Acting: Beginning Scene Study

    Acting: Intermediate Scene Study

    Acting: Advanced Scene Study

    Writing for the Stage

    Introduction to Playwriting

    Intermediate Playwriting Techniques I and II

    Advance Playwriting Techniques I and II

    One Course in Television or Screenplay Writing, or New Play Development (from a list of courses)

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    Concentrations

    Directing

    Study the history of directing and learn to analyze texts, make conceptual choices, and guide actors in the rehearsal process. Assistant direct for faculty and guest- directed productions to learn and gain practical knowledge — rare opportunities at the undergraduate level.

    Theatre History and Performance Texts

    Explore dramatic literature, history, and criticism while taking advantage of the unique opportunities NYC theatre communities provide. Develop your dramaturgical abilities through writing and direct involvement with the process of creating theatre.

    Theatre and New Media

    Embrace cross-disciplinary opportunities that blend performance with video, interactive and social media, sound, storytelling, and music to explore emerging media technologies and create your own individual modes of expression.

    Writing for the Stage

    Study with professional playwrights based in New York City and begin to develop a body of work to prepare for professional careers as writers for theatre, performance, and digital content.

    Program Highlights

    Combine different concentrations in the B.A. and even add second majors or minors to create your own curriculum and professional path.
    Whether you’re directing in our Bordeau Box, serving as dramaturg on a studio production, or hearing actors bring your new work to life, MMC gives you the opportunity to make it happen.
    Take advantage of the city through internships with leading arts and cultural institutions, including Playwrights Horizons, New York Shakespeare Festival, Saturday Night Live, Nuyorican Poets Café, PBS, and many more.

    Careers and Outcomes

    Marymount Manhattan College theatre alumni are working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in television, in film, at regional theaters, and everywhere in between. Many of our students also go on to graduate schools across the country and the world.

    Productions and Companies

    • Broadway
      • Hamilton
      • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
      • Kinky Boots
      • Slave Play
      • Tina! The Tina Turner Musical
    • Off-Broadway and Regional Theaters
      • The Civilians
      • Lincoln Center
      • The Public Theater
      • Repertorio Español
    • National Tours
    • Film and Television

    Careers and Roles

    • Artistic Director, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
    • Arts Manager, Cooper Hewitt Museum
    • Associate Producer, Project Runway All Stars
    • Casting Director, Fox Casting
    • Creative Arts Therapist, Kings County Hospital
    • General Management Coordinator, The Public Theatre
    • Vice President of Editorial and Creative, Media Management Group

    Top College Program

    Each year, the team at OnStage Blog announces the best performing arts schools for the coming year based on research by theatre educators, students, alumni, and parents—the people who really know what’s important in theatre education. MMC made the cut and was praised for our impressive master classes and lectures.

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