Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
What is the study of Theatre?
The Department of Theatre Arts strives to give students a well-rounded education. In addition to a core of practical theatre courses, students focus on one or more concentrations to hone their skills within specific areas of interest. Declared students reinforce their major studies through hands-on application of their skills. With an abundance of student programs and seasonal production opportunities, theatre students rarely find themselves without a project to do. The central goal of the degree is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of theatre, including knowledge of its history, the means by which theatre is realized, and the role of theatre in forming the past, present and future of society.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The major is grounded in fundamentals and a student chooses one or more areas of specialization (Acting, Dramatic Writing, Educational Theatre, Technical Theatre, Theatre Management, Stage Management, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Scenic Design). In addition to preparing majors for careers in the academic or professional theatre, the lessons acquired through this course of study are readily transferable to careers in teaching, law, business and other areas where interpersonal and self-reliant skills are required.
The students in our program are incredible - whether they are actors, designers, technicians or future theatre educators - and we as faculty enjoy an amazing connection of mentorship with them. Western offers a truly comprehensive and varied education in theatre arts. Our students have opportunities to actually practice their craft and talent through productions and projects, making our program the most accessible and prolific in the Pacific Northwest.
- Deb Currier, Faculty
At Western, we are given hands-on experience and explorations of what we want to pursue. It's nice to be able to dabble in the many different academic concentrations and then focus on the ones I am passionate about. Though, what I love most about this program at Western is that I learn so much about myself and who I want to become
- Dale Sharp, Student
- Graphic Designer
- House Management
- Master Electrician
- Costume Designer
- Advertising/Marketing Manager
- Talent Scout
- Lighting Designer
- Stage Manager
- Events Coordinator
- Props Designer
- Technical Director
- Set Designer
- Booking Agent
- Marketing Communications Specialist