Division of Arts and Letters

Theatre Arts

Minor in Theatre Arts

The play rehearsal

If you love theatre — watching it, performing in it, or even reading it — then you should consider a minor in Theatre Arts. A Theatre Arts minor helps increase understanding and enjoyment of performance, develop critical judgment and taste, and provide for an enriching theatrical and professional life. Plus, it's a fun, creative outlet to complement your other studies.


Why study Theatre Arts at the Mount?

Studying Theatre Arts at the Mount provides a holistic approach to theatre and its effects on society. You'll learn about the history of performance, the art of acting and directing, and the impact that theatre has on the world. In addition, our professors focus on productions that foster a deep actor-audience relationship and will help you study both well-known and more unique plays and their meaning.

There are also numerous opportunities for Mount Theatre Arts minors to gain experience in writing, directing, and producing performances. For example, one recent graduate, a Nursing major, decided to focus her Honors research project on the production of a 10-minute play, which was then featured at the Orange County Arts Council Ten Minute Play Festival.

Most of all, the Mount's Theatre Arts group is a family. Our students remain close long after graduation. Some continue to work with Theatre Arts professor James Phillips on productions at local theaters. Others come back to perform on the college stage as alumni performers. Two of our theatre alumni even got engaged during their last performance at the college.


"We know our students as people, and we encourage them to discuss the highs and lows of their lives. When we say we care, it’s because we know our students and want them to succeed personally as well as academically."

— James Phillips, Associate Professor of Theatre


What to expect as a Theatre Arts minor

A Theatre Arts minor can be declared by any major! The six required courses fit easily into many programs' elective credits. Two of the six courses will be THR 1080 (Introduction to Theater) and THR 3380 (Acting) or THR 3420 (Directing). The remaining courses can be a combination of theatre courses and select dramatic literature courses cross-listed between English and Theatre.

Many Theatre Arts minors will also elect to enhance their studies by participating in the mainstage plays, put on once a semester by MSMC Theatre, or joining a student-led theater group like Improvology. Some students also choose an independent study or research project where they will write or direct their own short plays at the college.

Here's an even more insider look at what MSMC Theatre is like:


Be prepared for your future

The transferable skills offered by studying Theatre Arts are beneficial for any field. Theatre Arts students are used to working under tight deadlines, have excellent oral communication and memory skills, and know how to take direction and work collaboratively with others — skills that any employer will appreciate.

The minor also helps to prepare students who are interested in theatre-based careers such as playwriting, acting, production, performance, and more.


Take the next step

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Love's Labour's Lost student performance