Studies in Theatre Arts
Coursework in theatre combines study of history, literature, criticism, and theory of theatre and drama with courses in performance, design and technical production. Each season the Hamline University Theatre presents a variety of works providing opportunities for mainstage and studio performance and production work. Student-directed and designed plays are a regular feature of the theatre program.
The dance program offers courses in modern dance. Advanced performance work and choreographic opportunities are available through membership in the Hamline Dance Ensemble. Two dance concerts are presented each year.
The department is an active participant in the Collaborative Research program. Majors are encouraged to discuss the opportunity to pursue advanced level study with a faculty member. The Department also provides students with specialized interests the option of developing a flexible curriculum.
Assistantships are available in the technical areas, as well as in publicity and the ticket office. All Department assistants receive regular performance reviews and work as an assistant is an important part of a student’s professional training and portfolio development. Students are also encouraged to pursue internship and work opportunities with Twin Cities professional or community theatres. The Department email contact list and the Callboards regularly list work and audition opportunities.
The Holt Endowment in Theatre allows the Department to provide substantial support for selected students to attend professional conferences like the American College Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Majors in the program are strongly encouraged to participate in appropriate professional conferences.