Theatre: Performance and Theatre Studies Concentration, BA
Actors, directors, playwrights, dramaturgs—this major is for anyone who loves bringing life to the stage.
In our program, you’ll engage with theatre on multiple levels—creative, intellectual, and practical. Guided by our outstanding faculty, you’ll receive conservatory-caliber training in a small class setting. As a Performance and Theatre Studies emphasis, you’ll delve into theatre history, theory and criticism, as well as performance technique and hands-on production experience. You’ll have the opportunity to attend shows throughout the Bay Area and work with a diverse range of guest artists. Your studies will culminate with a self-generated project that demonstrates mastery in your chosen field.
Students graduate well-equipped for a career in theatre, both onstage and off. Others put their critical, technical, and creative skills to work outside of the arts, in education, therapy, and beyond.
Myriad possibilities await you, and we are here to prepare you for them!
Upon successfully completing a degree in Theatre, students will be able to...
- DEMONSTRATE multidimensional (individual and ensemble) performance capacity through training, embodiment, and understanding of social/cultural context and theory.
- Demonstrate the capacity to support the technical and design needs of a production through the integration of tools and techniques, communication, dramaturgical skill, and understanding of social/cultural context and theory.
- ANALYZE and INTERPRET works of art from around the world, considering issues of access, representation, exclusion and inclusion in the field of Performing Arts.
- DEVELOP an artistic voice and promote agency to express it in community.
Saint Mary's Testimonials
“Since graduating from Saint Mary's in 2019, I have worked as a teaching artist, actor, director, and dramaturg with some of the best theatre companies in the Bay Area, including American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and California Shakespeare Theater, where I am currently working as the Development Associate. The greatest honor of all has been being invited to come back to teach at Saint Mary's as a Guest Artist in the Performing Arts department for the past three semesters. This has truly been a gift as I have been able to apply the knowledge and experience I gained during my school years, and share that with my current students. During my four years and beyond, I have worked with the most supportive Performing Arts and English faculty who helped accelerate my academic progress to the point of making my career dreams come true, as well as fostering my growth as an artist, activist, educator and person.”
Kimiya Shokri, Class of 2019
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