Theatre Studies (B.A.)

The bachelor of arts degree in theatre studies at Ithaca College combines an interdisciplinary education in theatre with broad experience in the liberal arts. The program develops 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, and also offers opportunities to study dance, playwriting, stage management, and dramaturgy. The theatre studies program also provides the flexibility for students to pursue additional majors in fields such as English, communications, or psychology.

As theatre studies majors, students cultivate a passion for directing, playwriting, stage management, or another field such as history or dramaturgy. Many students develop a senior project showcasing their growth, and exceptional students serve as assistant directors, dramaturgs, or stage managers for main-stage productions.

Students may also incorporate into their degree program a semester at one of IC's study-abroad locations:

  • 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 students attend—many in the fabled West End—over the course of the semester.
  • The National Theatre Institute
    Ithaca College is affiliated with two programs offered by NTI, one in Connecticut and the other in Moscow.

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

Students discuss a scene in directing class with a professor