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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 4951 replies61 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,012 Senior Member
    @merc81. I agree. Just joking! when i read your post I thought of my brothers Hudson River school experience as a cadet. Made me laugh
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 21935 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 21,949 Senior Member
    If you don't want to be a theater major, make sure you ask a lot of questions about the ability of non-majors to get roles in the productions. Many schools talk about being inclusive, but all the parts go to theater majors.
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  • merc81merc81 9915 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,059 Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    I would not expect you to use a smiley emoticon in other than an honest way, @privatebanker, so I appreciated the humor! My reply was a joke of sorts as well, as in, would West Point be any more oriented towards theatre if were located on the opposite side of the river, or would Sarah Lawrence assume a miltary aspect if it were moved westward?
    edited June 2018
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  • SpringbirdSpringbird 135 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    I think you'll find that most of the liberal arts colleges have some sort of theater productions as an EC. Think about what you are looking for.

    If you want a school with a strong major with an array of classes, and you want to major or minor in theater, then check out the great suggestions above. But if you just want to stay active in performing as an extra-curricular and you're pretty sure you won't take more than one or two theater classes, that's a different story. You might find that you can get better parts in a less competitive program (although keep in mind that the productions might not be of the same quality).

    I attended a LAC not known at all for theater, but our student led theater group was great. I got some good parts even though I was clearly not on the road to Broadway. Some of the productions were very well done, while some were of lesser quality, but it was all a lot of fun with wonderful people. Some students also got to write their own scripts and produce them, things like that. So be sure to think about your goals.
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 1707 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,717 Senior Member
    @peyre1 - so Elon is actually the kind of place I wouldn't want a kid double majoring in theater (acting) to end up. Why? Because their acting program is *so* good and they offer a highly-regarded BFA so the competition for priductions is at a level that pretty much excludes non-bfa students from participating fully. Not to pick on Elon, which is a wonderful place, but this article from one of their students was very influential on the plan for my D's applicaions. She applied to BA programs and BFA programs - but no BAs where a BFA is offered. Feeling like you got the second class track in a school you otherwise love isn't a happy place to be. .

    https://www.theodysseyonline.com/majoring-in-theatre-ruined-me
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  • MastadonMastadon 1728 replies49 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,777 Senior Member
    Tufts has a strong (and inclusive) drama program and strong academics
    http://dramadance.tufts.edu/drama/undergraduate.htm

    NYU and Northwestern also have strong drama programs (not as sure how easy it is to double major)
    http://tisch.nyu.edu/drama
    https://communication.northwestern.edu/programs/major_theatre
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  • JenJenJenJenJenJenJenJen 1098 replies18 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,116 Senior Member
    @KatMT You suggested
    "Williams, Vassar, Skidmore, Kenyon, Wesleyan, Muhlenberg, Connecticut College, Northwestern, Brown."

    I'd heard that all those schools have strong theater and strong academics, except I hadn't heard that about Connecticut College before. I literally just got back last night from a long college tour trip that included four of those schools listed, for my LAC-seeking, theater-loving D19, and realllly want to be done with college tours, but: what is it about Conencticut College that makes it hit both those requirements? Thank you ...maybe I don't actually want to know!
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  • PublisherPublisher 7381 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,457 Senior Member
    edited July 2018
    Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois--which is an upscale Chicago suburb located right on the shores of Lake Michigan. Easy to double major, but not so easy to be admitted as a theater major. Unfortunately Northwestern's admit rate was 8.39% last cycle so you need to consider schools with higher rates of admission.


    Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio has an attractive theater & is a liberal arts school, but it is small & rural though charming. About 1800 students. The admission rate is above 25% to the best of my knowledge.
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  • momofzagmomofzag 636 replies7 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 643 Member
    I agree with others who advise to think carefully about what student is looking for. My D just graduated from Bucknell as a theatre major. Perhaps not a school that comes immediately to mind as super strong in theater but I think pretty respectable for strong academics. The benefit of a place like Bucknell with a small program (usually under 10 majors in each class including tech, acting etc) is that there are tons of opportunities to get involved in whatever capacity one wants starting right away. Both majors and non majors are cast in faculty productions (which have been of very good quality) and the community is very close. My D is on first name basis with every member of the theater and dance faculty and has gotten LORs etc. so have her non major friends who have participated in productions alongside the majors. Students can direct, choreograph etc. and I think that can happen at many LACs or smaller universities. Sometimes the competition at programs that are larger and/or filled with BFA candidates makes it very tough for non majors to participate and/or feel truly part of the community.

    BTW. My D also was considering Connecticut College as a place with robust performing arts.

    Wesleyan of course is known for film and the performing arts as well as strong academics.
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  • MastadonMastadon 1728 replies49 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,777 Senior Member
    @jenjenjenjen - Connecticut College of Women was founded when Wesleyan stopped admitting women. It went coed in 1969. It has strong academics, and is known as one of the more artsy NESCAC schools. Vassar and Skidmore were also all female schools that went coed at about the same time. Wheaton College (in Norton, Mass) was another all female school that went coed in the 80's.
    The College was founded in 1911, but its history began in 1909 when Wesleyan University announced that it would no longer offer admission to women. At that time, more women than ever were seeking higher education and demanding the right to vote. A committee was formed and towns across the state of Connecticut began offering prospective sites.
    https://www.conncoll.edu/at-a-glance/history-traditions/

    We had a friend whose child was an accomplished performer in high school. He attended Conn College and liked it.
    They have a relationship with the National Theatre Institute.
    Members of the Theater Department faculty are graduates or past faculty of nationally acclaimed drama programs, including those of Yale, Tufts and Columbia. With their extensive career experience, our professors are well-positioned to help students take their first steps in professional theater, often with internships at theaters in nearby New York City or elsewhere throughout the country. The founding partner of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center near campus, the College continues to collaborate on NTI’s curriculum and programs such as Theatermakers Summer Intensive.

    In contrast to more traditional undergraduate theater programs, Connecticut College’s curriculum, Connections, challenges students to interpret why and how material from the past can speak to us. Leading by example, our professors and visiting artists demonstrate that theater continues to fulfill its role as a vibrant force for change, today and tomorrow.

    https://www.conncoll.edu/academics/majors-departments-programs/departments/theater/
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  • KatMTKatMT 4106 replies67 discussionsCollege Rep Posts: 4,173 Senior Member
    @JenJenJenJen -- @Mastadon touched on much about Connecticut College. The relationship with NTI, the location in relationship to NYC, Hartford, New Haven... even not too far from Providence and Boston. As @momofzag mentions... strong performing arts culture.

    Another to consider is Boston College.
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  • stecystecy 29 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Muhlenberg College. Prestigious theater arts program and a tremendous portion of the student body double major because the curriculum is set up in a way to allow you to do this. Great school for chem, bio, neuroscience, psych and a few other majors. You'd find these majors to be, among maybe a few others (Not business majors) to be the most challenging, but this is the case for numerous of colleges/universities.
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