Academic Programs

Theatre Studies (B.A.)

By combining an interdisciplinary education in theatre with broad experience in the liberal arts, the theatre studies program develops students into holistic theatre artists who not only practice theatre but also use theatre to reflect and shape the society in which we live.  

The curriculum includes courses in directing, acting, theatre history, stagecraft, design, theatre arts management, dramatic literature, and theory and criticism, with opportunities to study dance, playwriting, stage management, and dramaturgy.  As a student in IC's competitive theatre studies program, you'll learn how these disciplines converge in a department that thrives on the synergy among performance, design, technology, and management programs.  You may select from any of the courses offered in the department, with the exception of those restricted to the B.F.A. sequences.  The theatre studies program also provides the flexibility for you to pursue additional majors in fields such as English, communications, or psychology.


As a theatre studies major, you may cultivate a passion for direction, dramaturgy, or stage management.  Many students develop a senior project showcasing their growth, and exceptional students serve as assistant directors, dramaturgs, or stage managers for main-stage productions.


You may also incorporate into your degree program a semester at one of IC's study-abroad locations.  The two most popular programs are depicted below:


The Ithaca College London Center
The curriculum of most students who attend either the fall or spring semester in London centers on an intensive, nine-credit course that features lectures, intensive reading of British drama, weekly walking tours through London, theatre and museum visits, and discussions of the more than 20 plays you'll attend -- many in the fabled West End -- over the course of the semester.


The National Theatre Institute

You may apply for a semester at one of two programs offered by NTI:

  • The first program enables you to spend either the fall or spring semester at the Eugene O'Neill Center in Waterford, Connecticut, where the focus is on devising theatre.  Those who attend the NTI program in Connecticut in the fall travel for two weeks to England, while those who attend in the spring go to St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • The second program available through NTI offers the entire fall semester in Russia at the world-renowned Moscow Art Theatre.  In this program you'll study basic Russian, voice, movement, acting, and the history of Russian theatre and film. 


As a senior, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a weeklong field studies trip to New York City, where you'll see productions and attend workshops with IC's highly supportive network of theatre alumni.

Graduates of the theatre studies program enter the profession as directors, stage managers, playwrights, and artistic leaders.  Many pursue advanced degrees in theatre or other graduate degree programs.



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