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Undergraduate: Theatre Arts

  • Program Overview

    Theatre Arts (THR)

    Theatre arts is traditionally the study of the dramatic event typified by productions associated with the New York stage, whether it be Broadway or Off-Broadway. In recent years, however, the concept of theatre has expanded to include performances from around the world, extending from the most sacred rituals to the most profane performance art. What was once the study of the live actor before a live audience now requires an investigation into the impact of technology and media on the practice of theatre. This exciting and expanding discipline defines the Depart­ment of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook, where students can study acting, design, and directing; immerse themselves in playwriting and media; and explore interactive computing technologies as a tool of study and a means of personal expression.

    The objective of study in Theatre Arts is to provide students with the opportunity to explore a range of forms of self-expression. Students are introduced to the practical tools necessary to communicate effectively through the theatre, the media, and technology. In addition, they investigate the historical and theoretical basis on which these art forms are based, giving them a strong foundation on which to pursue the many opportunities available to a student graduating with a minor in Theatre Arts.

    Students who graduate with a minor in Theatre Arts may pursue theatre-related careers, go on to further study, or enter other professions such as law, business, publishing, advertising, communications, computer graphics, and public relations.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Minor in Theatre Arts (THR)

    The minor in Theatre Arts provides the student with the opportunity to explore several aspects of the dramatic arts. The course of study should lead the student to an understanding of the necessary next steps should his or her interest be sharpened by the experience.

    Requirements for the Minor

    All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. At least 12 of the credits must be taken at Stony Brook.

    Completion of the minor requires a minimum of 18-19 credits.

    A. Foundation Courses (6-7 credits)

    Choose two (2) of the following:

    • THR 100 – Performing & Performance
    • THR 101 – Introduction to Theatre
    • THR 103 – Introduction to Theatre Design
    • THR 104 – Play Analysis
    • THR 105 – Acting I
    • THR 107 – The Broadway Musical
    • THR 115 – Stagecraft (4 cr.)
    • THR 201 – Theatre History I
    • THR 214 – The Theatre of Baseball
    • THR 216 – Introduction to Visual Interpretation

    B. Upper-Division Electives (12 credits)

    Twelve (12) upper-division credits to be chosen from courses in theatre (THR) or theatre-related courses in other departments, such as but not limited to English, Art, Classics, Creative Writing, Liberal Arts, Media Arts, Music, or Women’s and Gender Studies, with the approval of the Director of the Theatre Minor and host program.  Elective courses may include, but are not limited to:

    • THR 312 – American Theatre & Drama
    • THR 315 – Theatre History:  Classical Age
    • THR 316 – Theatre History:  Modern Era
    • THR 319 – AIDS Drama, 1980s & 90s
    • THR/EGL – 325 Screenwriting
    • THR 328/EGL 328 – Documentary Theatre Creation
    • THR 326/EGL 387 – Playwriting
    • THR/ARH 334 – Performance Art I
    • THR/ARH 344 – Performance Art II
    • THR 335 – The Musicals of Stephen Sondheim
    • THR 337 – Advanced Technical Theatre
    • THR 351 – Special Topics in Performance
    • THR 354 – Topics in Theatre
    • THR 355 – Media and Production Design
    • THR 403 – Media: Theory and Criticism
    • THR 487 – Independent Research
    • THR 488 – Internship (Staller Center)
    • THR 447 – Readings in Theatre Arts
    • THR 484 – Projects in Theatre
    • EGL 345 – Shakespeare I
    • EGL 346 – Shakespeare II
    • EGL 362 – Drama in English
  • Sequence
  • Contact

    Theatre Arts (THR)

    Minor in Theatre Arts

    Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences

    Chair:  Nick Mangano

    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Nick Mangano

    Assistant to the Chair: Ed Quinn

    Office: 2224 Staller Center for the Arts  

    Phone: (631) 632-7300  







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