Theatre Program


In Theatre we tell stories by pretending to be the characters in the story. And we work to reach out to each person individually and collectively in the audience and remind her that we’re all human together. For example, when someone laughs at a joke written by Shakespeare or Plautus, we know that people share in a common humanity that transcends each individual. Theatre done well constructs community.

Studying and experiencing theatre also can prepare you for life. Theatre majors develop the critical thinking skills, creativity, communication skills, deadline skills, and group-work skills that all employers want -- both in and out of show business.

As a theatre major at Alvernia University, you’ll experience first hand the challenges and rewards of theatre production and performance. You’ll build relationships with your peers and learn how to solve problems and improvise. You’ll develop the skills of time management and establishing priorities while gaining a valuable, well rounded education.

In the Alvernia tradition, you’ll also learn the importance of diversity of thought, faiths and cultures, and be challenged to shape and transform the world as a working professional, concerned citizen and caring member of the greater community.

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Not every theatre major graduates with the goal of becoming an actor or designer. Earning a degree in theatre from Alvernia University can help prepare you for a variety of careers, ranging from acting to producing to business. You might seek employment in public relations, prop design and construction, arts operations, or become an entrepreneur.

For more information about Alvernia’s theatre program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or   For information on what possiblities are available for a Theatre major, visit and search on performing arts.  Information on employment opportunites may be found at the Entertainment Careers website.  Many theatre graduates continue with further study, with additional information found at URTA (University Resident Theatre Association).

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All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and theatre majors must complete 48 credits in the major.

Required courses for theatre majors are:
THR 142 Creativity Workshop
THR 155 Introduction to Acting
THR 156 Theatrical Production and Design
THR 350 Directing for the Stage
THR 355 Theatre History
THR 356 Theatre History II
THR 357 Behind the Curtain
THR 404 Arts Operations
THR 434 Senior Production Workshop

Choose from one of the two following 9-credit options:
THR 255 Intermediate Acting
THR 360 Advanced Acting/Directing (must be repeated for 6 credits)

Design/Technical Theatre:
THR 244 Computer-Assisted Design
THR 357 Behind the Curtain (must be repeated for 6 credits)

English electives, 6 credits. Recommend 2 from:
ENG 213 Modern Drama
ENG 302 Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies
ENG 303 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances

Related electives, 6 credits. Recommend 1 from art and 1 from music:
ART 101 Drawing I
ART 103 Color and Design
ART 105 Art Appreciation
ART 215 Art: Prehistoric through Middle Ages
ART 217 Art: Renaissance to Present
MUS 121 Introduction to Music
MUS 135 Music Theory
MUS 222 Multicultural Music
MUS 224 Broadway Musicals
MUS 331 Women in the Arts
MUS 333 Music History

Majors are also advised to take 4 credits of THR 134 (Theatre Workshop) as free electives.

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the 2015-2016 Academic Course Catalogue at

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