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About the concentration in Theatre/Musical Theatre

Hands-on, practical learning is at the center of the performance, art, and technology degree. In the theater/musical theatre concentration, you will get on-stage experience day one as you read scripts and start blocking the fall show. This multidisciplinary degree combines classroom instruction with hands-on production to develop your skills in acting, improvisation, scriptwriting, set design, and more — all of which will make you stand out beyond NVU.

To prepare you for a theater career, faculty won’t run your shows — you will. You will write and direct your own play, design and build the set, manage the front office, prepare the program, and promote the performance. By coordinating every aspect of a theater production, you will enter the world of professional theater ready to run the show.

You’ll learn the business side of the art, too, including how to dress, communicate, and present yourself in interviews and auditions. You will graduate prepared for a career in a wide range of fields, from theater, television, and film to radio, education, and video production.

At a Glance

Program Options:
Students in this program graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in performance, art, and technology with a concentration in theatre/musical theatre.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses (15 Credits)

Intro to Design (3 credits)
Performance Art Practicum: Collaboration Boot Camp (3 credits)
Devised Performance and Production Lab (6 credits)
Intro to Theater Arts (3 credits)

Historical and Literary Studies (9 credits)

Interpreting Contemporary Dramatic Literature (3 credits)
History of Performance (3 credits)
Intro to Theatre Arts

Production and Performance Skills (12 credits)

Stagecraft (3 credits)
Acting II (3 credits)
Acting III (3 credits)
Introduction to Directing (3 credits)

Electives (Choose one course)

Podcast Storytelling (3 credits)
Hitchcock’s Smartphone: The Making of Psychologically Engaging Short Videos (3 credits)
Shakespeare: Stage to Page (3 credits)
Improvisation for Actors (3 credits)
Acting III (3 credits)
Musical Theater Workshop (3 credits)
Survey of American Musical Theater (3 credits)
Theater/Musical Theater Production (3 credits)
Pro Tools 101: Intro (3 credits)*
Pro Tools 110: Production (3 credits)*

Capstone Courses (6 credits)

Senior Project in Performance, Art, and Technology (3 credits)
Seminar in Professional Preparation for the Performing Artist and Designer (3 credits)

*These courses are Summer Session courses offered at NVU-Lyndon.

A group of female actors wearing white perform on a stage.

“I was blown away by the theater program here…It seemed like there’s more effort in making plays great here rather than just reading lines to an audience.”

- Brittney Malik ’19


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