Theatre Curriculum

The Theatre Program curriculum, which includes our Production Program, is designed to aid students in learning to work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, to acquire the intellectual skills necessary to confront a changing world, to acquire proficiency in a core of theatre knowledge and practice, and to understand the self-discipline and work ethic necessary to pursue a life in the arts.

Auditions are not necessary for acceptance into the Theatre Program.

Anything you can imagine! Students who have studied Theatre at UAlbany have gone on to do many amazing things. Our students have become Broadway actors, medical doctors, lawyers, film producers, computer programmers, managers, scientists, writers, inventors, psychologists, designers, engineers, teachers, and business people – to name just a few areas in which they have excelled. Our students develop confidence, poise, ability to think on their feet, and a variety of skills needed to work with others in a collaborative environment. These abilities have helped our alums succeed in medicine, business, communications, science, finance, education, industry, AND the arts.

The top personal qualities and skills that employers seek are direct products of learning how to work in the Theatre:

  • Communication/Presentation Skills – Theatre cannot happen without participants communicating well, both orally and in writing. What we do is ultimately all about telling stories, and we need to keep our audiences engaged by telling our stories clearly.
  • Teamwork Skills – Everyone working in the Theatre learns how to work well with others. Whether acting or designing, on stage or back stage, we know we cannot make theatre happen without a focused team of dedicated people working to professional standards.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Acting classes teach you how to relate well to others, while design and production classes teach you how to integrate your work into team goals and expectations.
  • Flexibility/Adaptability/Creativity/Problem-Solving Skills – Theatre people must learn how to adapt for different audiences, budgets, venues, and limitations. Theatre happens in real-time, so everyone MUST be flexible and able to think on their feet. At our core, we are creative and technical people who are solving problems to make something unique for our audiences every time we produce a show.
  • Strong Work Ethic/Ability to Meet Deadlines/Dependability – Anyone who works in the Theatre understands just how hard each person works to make it all seem effortless. We all embrace the idea that we must work together and rely on each other to master the details, or we will all fail. And, of course, we invented the notion of “the show must go on” – so we know how to meet deadlines each and every time.

Theatre is a performing art. It is also a major area of study through which one may gain a liberal arts education. The Theatre Program assumes these two views of the Theatre to be mutually supportive. Acting, design, direction, technology, management, history, theory, criticism, and dramatic literature are considered interdependent studies. Our major is structured to guarantee a well-rounded foundation in Theatre, preparing students for graduate study or entry into the profession.

Theatre Major Degree Requirements

General Program B.A. REQUIRES A TOTAL OF 40 CREDITS from the following:

THR 121 – Play Analysis
THR 135 – Introduction to Technical Theatre
THR 220 – Contemporary Theatre
THR 227 – History of Theatre and Drama Survey
THR 235 – Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
THR 240 – Acting I
THR 300 – Plays in Proccess


Take 6 credits of practicum, only 3 of which may be for acting practicum – Select from A THR 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, with a maximum of 3 credits from A THR 102, 202, and 302 combined.

Section 3 – (9 credits) STUDENTS MUST CHOOSE 1 class from EACH group below:

Group A:
THR 339 – Movement
THR 340 – Acting II
THR 343 – Voice

Group B:
THR 314 – Stage Management
THR 335 – Theatrical Drafting
THR 360 – Scenic Technology
THR 370 – Lighting Technology
THR 381 – Costume Technology

Group C:
THR 309 – History of Musical Theatre
THR 319 – Studies in Theatre History
THR 361 – History of Decorative Styles
THR 380 – History of Clothing Styles
THR 421 – Dramaturgy
THR 456 – Seminar in Dramatic Literature

Section 4 -- (3 credits) STUDENTS MUST CHOOSE 1 class from:

THR 450 – Directing
THR 460 – Set Design
THR 475 – Lighting Design
THR 481 – Costume Design
THR 499 – Collaboration for the Theatre

NOTE: Some courses have prerequisites, and not all courses will be offered every year. Please seek advisement from the Theatre Faculty for schedule planning.

Production Practicum

Each production practicum provides an opportunity for you to get involved in the practical, hands-on, aspects of making theatre happen. This is experiential learning that also provides resume credits for the future, whether applying for summer theatre work or moving into a career after graduation. Practicums afford the chance for you to try something new, learn a different skill, improve upon old abilities, or simply enjoy being an integral part of creating theatre.

We believe it is essential for anyone interested in studying theatre to have the opportunity to work on productions, in order to gain some real understanding of, and exposure to, what goes into the process of producing a live event or production. To that end, we offer a range of practicum courses, which provide credit-bearing opportunities for work in our shops, on stage, and back stage. A maximum of twelve (12) credits from ATHR 101, ATHR 102, ATHR 201, ATHR 202, ATHR 301, and ATHR 302 may be applied toward graduation. Six (6) credits are required for the major, with a maximum of three (3) credits in performance.

Practicum Postions
Practicum Descriptions
Practicum Grading

  • Practicum Grade Sheet-Show Running Assignments
  • Practicum Grade Sheet-Assistants, Supervisors, Dramaturgs
  • Practicum Grade Sheet-General Crew Assignments
  • Acting Production Practicum
Practicum Contract
Production Calendar