D interested in BA theater program at Drew

<p>My D was accepted at Drew and is interested in their BA theater program. Drew tells you, when you call, that the Princeton Review rated them the #1 BA theater program in the country. Is there anyone who can talk about theater at Drew? I would love to hear info from students or parents who know something about it.</p>

<p>The theater program is excellent. I was not an theater major, but I did take a theatre class, and the professors are truly excellent. Because of the school's small size, theater majors at Drew will get many opportunities that they might not get elsewhere. </p>

<p>There is a very heavy focus on playwriting, as opposed to acting. There are three or four theaters on campus (e.g., Kirby Theatre, Commons Theatre), and student-written plays are routinely being performed. </p>

<p>The only possible caveat I will tell you about the theater program is that it is a lifestyle at Drew. For most of the Theater majors who I knew, Theater was their entire life -- they took theater classes, wrote and acted in plays in their spare time, went to theater parties, ate dinner with other thespians, etc. Not really a bad thing, but just be aware of this.</p>

<p>Thanks for the reply! My D is particularly interested in musical theater. Were there many musicals performed during your time at Drew?</p>

<p>I do not remember any musicals, but I graduated about a decade ago, so it possible that things have changed. Most of the plays performed were tragedies or dark comedies.</p>

<p>Our S will graduate from Drew as a theatre major this year. I can tell you that the program has been outstanding, and that some of the theatre majors from earlier years are doing some pretty cool things after graduation.</p>

<p>That said, my big caution for your D is that Drew does not focus on musical theatre, at least in terms of the productions they put up. They do a great number of dramatic and student-written/directed pieces every year, but musical shows are done only about every other year. This was a selling point for our S, but seems like a major drawback for your D.</p>

<p>My D was just accepted to the theater department and was wondering if there were any current theater majors willing to share their experiences?</p>