The Applied Theatre program extends the skills, tools, and values of the theatre arts into civic engagement, community-building, activism, and wellness. An educated Applied Theatre practitioner has a strong foundation in the liberal arts and also recognizes and employs the power of theatre to serve communities.
A major in Applied Theatre enables theatre students to acquire marketable skills for jobs in education, social services, and applied arts companies. Degree requirements include a foundation in traditional theatre practice, history, and literature, along with focused education and experience in Applied Theatre work.
Please note that a major or minor in Applied Theatre cannot be combined with a major or minor in Theatre.
Four years for a complete BA degree. Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree. Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.
Program Learning Outcomes
Through theatrical production, community workshops, and academic study, the Pacific Department of Theatre & Dance strives to provide students with:
- Appreciation for the functions of the arts in all cultures, and specifically for the importance of story-telling, plays, and dance
- Practical experience in theatre and dance production, including scenic, lighting, costume, sound and make-up design; acting; stage management; dance; theatre technology; playwriting; and directing
- Critical thinking, writing, speech, and organizational skills
- Practical skills—including collaboration, problem-solving, project management, event planning, communication, and time management —that are applicable to a wide range of careers,
- Preparation through coursework, production experience, and internships for careers in theatre, dance, television, film, arts management, public relations, and teaching
- Preparation for graduate study in performance, design, and scholarly disciplines.