Bachelor of Arts in Theater

Program Contact: Kevin Daly   203-582-3500

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater program at Quinnipiac University is a preprofessional program that prepares students for meaningful careers and graduate studies in all areas of theater performance and production.

After completing the core requirements, theater majors choose a focus track in one of four areas and engage in advanced courses and production work within their chosen area. Seniors are required to complete a competitive internship and are strongly encouraged to take on portfolio building roles within our MainStage season and at local professional theaters. 

All theater students are required to participate in the departmental production season, during which they receive hands-on training to complement their course work. The season includes contemporary and classical plays, popular musicals and a New Play Festival produced in collaboration with The Barrow Group, a professional theater company in New York City. In this unique setting, students are exposed to professional practices and develop career-enhancing relationships that will serve them long after they graduate.

The BA in Theater is a great choice for students who enjoy collaboration and wish to explore creative careers within the theater arts.

BA in Theater Curriculum 

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements, students majoring in theater must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Theater Core Requirements
DR 140Stagecraft3
DR 160Acting I3
DR 230(uc) Directing I3
DR 270World Theater History & Dramatic Literature I3
DR 257Design for the Theater3
DR 275World Theater History and Dramatic Literature II3
DR 286Comparative Drama/ Play Analysis3
DR 350Playwriting I3
DR 370Internship, Conservatory, or Professional Experience3
In addition to completing courses for the departmental core, students complete courses for one of four tracks.9
Total Credits36


Design and Production Track

DR 410Senior Seminar3
Select 6 credits from the following courses:
DR 307Drafting and Rendering for Theater3
DR 325Theater Seminar3
DR 340Scenic Design3
DR 341Lighting Design for the Theater3
DR 342Costume Design3
DR 380Theater Administration3
DR 391Theater Practice III 13

Acting and Directing Track

DR 410Senior Seminar3
Select 6 credits from the following courses:
DR 181Improvisational Acting3
DR 220Voice and Movement3
DR 260Acting for Film/TV3
DR 290Acting for Classical Stage3
DR 320Voice and Movement II3
DR 330Directing II3
DR 335Musical Theater Performance3
DR 345Dance for the Musical Theater3
DR 360Acting II3

Theater Administration Track

DR 410Senior Seminar3
Select 6 credits from the following courses:
DR 325Theater Seminar3
DR 380Theater Administration3
DR 391Theater Practice III 13

Dramaturgy, Playwriting and Literary Management Track

DR 410Senior Seminar3
Select 6 credits from the following courses:
DR 375History and Dramatic Literature of the Contemporary Theater3
DR 380Theater Administration3
DR 386Modern Drama3
DR 391Theater Practice III 13

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.