Freshman

Course Selection

  • Musical theatre majors typically audition for the program in the spring of their senior year in high school
  • The gateway course sequence for all theatre majors is Introduction to Theatre for Majors, THEA 1010 and THEA 1110, taken in the fall and spring semester
  • Beginning level courses, numbered 1000 through 2000 provide foundational work for entry into the upper level courses at the 3000 level

Ask for Assistance

  • All students are assigned a faculty advisor within the department, and you are required to meet with that advisor every semester prior to course registration.
  • Faculty advisors will assist you on questions related to the major, but you must also meet with your CLA advisor for advisement in the university core.

College of Liberal Arts

Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.
  • You are encouraged to become involved in the production season, as actors, technicians, student dramaturgs, running crew, and stage managers.

Get Involved

  • The department hosts a number of guest artists throughout the year, many of whom offer workshops while in residence.
  • The student organization, AU Players, welcomes all students interested in theatre (regardless of major). Players sponsors theatre-related events and service projects throughout the academic year.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • THEA 2120, 2700, 2910

Ask for Assistance

Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.
  • You are encouraged to explore internship opportunities in professional theatres, and to attend professional conferences for auditions and job interviews that afford the opportunity to work professionally in the summer.

Get Involved

  • Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining

Junior

Course Selection

  • THEA 3710, 3720, 3910, 3950, 4910

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance

Gain Experience

  • If pursuing graduate education, get involved with undergraduate research opportunities

Get Involved

  • Look for leadership opportunities within your organizations to develop practical skills and abilities
  • Join professional organizations and conferences that offer networks for employment and opportunities for graduate school. Some of these include The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), and the University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA).

Senior

Course Selection

  • THEA 4980: Senior Capstone, a reflective course geared toward assisting students in their career choices post graduation

Ask for Assistance

  • Ask the UCC for help in preparing your résumé and cover letter

Gain Experience

  • This is an important year for you to maintain your already accumulated experiences. Continue to stay involved with your already established experiences and finish strong.
  • You will need to be able to rely upon your supervisors for quality references.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities

General Information

This is a flexible degree that allows for the broadest exploration of theatre as an art form, profession, and a way of understanding our world. Built on a solid liberal arts foundation, students share a common series of theatre courses but can also tailor their electives to their interests, whether it’s acting, design, critical theory, technical theatre, dramaturgy, or stage management.

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Interests

Holland's Code: AES

  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Social

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • INFP
  • ISTP
  • ESTP
  • ENFP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Relationships
  • Independence
  • Achievement

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking

Last modified: September 30, 2021