Whether on the stage or behind the scenes, you will unite your heart and your talents to tell powerful stories in imaginative ways. Calvin’s liberal arts approach to theatre leads not only to outstanding dramatic performances, but also well-equipped and skilled performance in the workplace.

Calvin's theatre program includes courses in acting, directing, designing, producing, theatre history, dramatic literature, and more. Courses, internships, productions and off-campus programs will challenge you to explore the human condition and to develop the skills vital to flourish in a theatrical profession and in professions far beyond the entertainment industry.  Join the Calvin Theatre Company in its three annual stage productions and build a special sense of community with other students.

Course Requirements 2015-2016

The theatre major requires a total of 11 courses that cover the entire range of theatre topics, including acting, directing and design. It also offers real-world experience in the form of an internship. As well as 3 courses that satisfy core, the major includes optional courses outside of CAS in dramatic literature and Philosophy.

(35-37 semester hours)

  • CAS 117 Introduction to Theatre and Drama
  • CAS 120 Calvin Theatre Company (4 sem. Hours)
  • CAS 218 Acting for Stage and Screen
  • CAS 316 Directing for Stage and Screen
  • CAS 319 Production Design
  • CAS 346 Internship in Communication
  • Two from
  • CAS 320 World and Ancient Theatre History or CAS 321 Western Theatre History
  • One from
  • CAS 399 Senior Seminar or PHIL 208 Philosophy of the Arts and Culture

To graduate with honors in theatre you must:

Earn a grade of B+ or better in six honors courses, to total at least 18 semester hours, including at least two courses in the theatre major, one of which must be a 300-level course.  To have a course count as an honors course, you and a professor must create a contract for honors work.  At least two honors courses must be outside of CAS.

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 both in the theatre major and overall.

  • Present to the department, or to the public, an honors paper or creative project in your junior or senior year.

The knowledge and skills you gain in the theatre program will prepare you for a wide range of professions.

Calvin theatre majors have gone on to hold diverse positions including:

  • actor
  • voice-over artist
  • writer
  • acting coach
  • casting director
  • talent scout
  • choreographer
  • musical director
  • lighting designer
  • play director
  • scenic designer
  • sound designer
  • teacher

A theatre degree can also prepare you for success in any number of non-theatre careers, such as ministry, non-profit, corporate or creative careers.

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.


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