This is your cue: 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 and develop skills in acting, directing, teamwork, interpretation, and critical reading. Plus, it's a fun, creative outlet to complement your other studies.
Here’s what makes the Mount’s Theatre Arts minor unique:
Learn about Theatre Arts academic requirements and courses here.
The Theatre Arts minor can be declared by any major. The six required courses fit easily into most programs’ elective credits. You’ll start out with Introduction to Theatre and then either Acting or Directing. After that, the choice is yours! You can choose from a number of theatre and dramatic literature courses to complete the minor.
Another aspect that is emphasized is the service of providing entertainment and commentary on real life issues through plays. For example, students in the Theater for School class will often put together performances or dramatic readings for students at Bishop Dunn Memorial School as part of their classwork, which are used to edify the elementary school students’ learning.
Of course, our Theatre Arts minors are highly encouraged to participate in the college productions each semester, but Theatre Arts minors can also practice their skills through the college’s improv club or through independent studies or research involving theater.
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, especially when paired with a major like English or Production.