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Theatre Education Program Requirements

The MA degree requires the successful completion of 40 credit hours, including 20 credits of foundational and core courses. Students must complete either a comprehensive examination in the area of their concentration or a master’s thesis or master’s project.

The remaining credit requirements may be satisfied through electives approved by your advisors. Students who choose to earn initial licensure in Massachusetts as Teachers of Theatre at all levels (pre-K–12) use these electives to complete additional coursework and experiences that fulfill state requirements.

Theatre Educator Stream

This stream prepares students to teach theater and drama to young people or adults in schools, universities, and other institutional settings.

Foundations: 8 credits

  • Drama as Education: 4 credits

One additional 4-credit course from:

  • Dramatic Theory
  • Theatre and Community
  • Drama as Education: 4 credits

Core: Courses from 3 different areas: 12 credits

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Playwriting/Devising
  • Dramatic Literature/Theatre History
  • Theatre Design/Technology

Capstone Requirement (one of the following):

  • Comprehensive Examination: 0 credits
  • Master’s Project or Thesis: 4 credits

Theatre & Community/Teaching Artist Stream

This stream prepares students for theater work in community settings.

Foundations: 8 credits

  • Theatre and Community: 4 credits

One additional 4-credit course from:

  • Drama Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Education: 4 credits

Core: Courses from 3 different areas: 12 credits

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Playwriting/Devising
  • Dramatic Literature/Theatre History
  • Theatre Design/Technology

Capstone Requirement (one of the following):

  • Comprehensive Examination: 0 credits
  • Master’s Project or Thesis: 4 credits

 

Meet the Graduate Program Director

Robert Colby, Graduate Program Director for Theatre Education and Associate Professor, specializes in theater education and theater for young audiences, and directing. His productions for young audiences have toured extensively throughout the New England area.
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Amy Czarnowski

Amy Czarnowski '06

Building A Network of Theatre Teachers

Chelsea High School Drama and Dance Teacher and Director Amy Czarnowski '06 calls the community in the Theatre Education graduate program a breath of fresh air. Watch the video »