Department of Performing Arts
Theatre Education (BFA)
Kameron Tarlow, Theatre Education
About the Program
Emerson College’s Theatre Education program integrates the fields of theatre arts and education in the classroom, in the community, and on the stage. Our students and faculty believe in the transformative power of theatre to shape society and to change lives; they are artists who see education as the tool with which they create the future.
More than 100 years ago, Emerson College was among the first schools in the nation to establish a program teaching Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). Today, our award-winning faculty includes many leaders in the field of theatre education.
At Emerson, we identify ourselves as a theatre program with a robust educational component which provides insight into the art of teaching as well as the teaching of art. Your education here will include a strong grounding in the liberal arts as well as in the fundamentals of dramatic arts, and a broad array of pedagogical tools that can be applied to a variety of potential careers, including work at professional theatres, in community outreach, and, of course, in the classroom. By the time you complete your BFA and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, you will have met all the requirements of our Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved program leading to initial licensure as a teacher of theatre, all levels (pre-K-12+).
|BFA Theatre Education (detailed below)||56|
|General Education Requirements||56|
Compare the requirements of this program to other Emerson BFA degrees in Performing Arts.
To see descriptions of any of the below classes, please visit our course catalogue.
|1st||PA101||Languages of the Stage||4|
|2nd||TH149||Emerson Stage Production Crew||0|
|2nd||TH215||World Drama in its Context I||4|
|2nd||TH216||World Drama in its Context II||4|
|3rd-4th||TH||Advanced Drama Studies||4|
|Total Department of Performing Arts Core||20|
BFA Theatre Education Core
|1st||TH121||Introduction to Acting I||4|
|1st||TH122||Introduction to Acting II||4|
|2nd||TH265||Foundations of Education||4|
|2nd-4th||Elective by Advisor||4|
|Total BFA Theatre Education Core||20|
Students seeking licensure must use elective credits to complete the Educator Licensure requirements (12–20 credits).
BFA Theatre Education Advanced
|3rd-4th||TH381||Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing||4|
|4th||TH460||Drama as Education I||4|
|4th||TH460||Drama as Education II||4|
|4th||TH463-5||Student Teaching (or Elective by Advisor)||4|
|Total BFA Theatre Education Advanced||16|
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Polly Carl, creative director of ArtsEmerson and director of Office of the Arts and HowlRound, was named "Person of the Year" by the National Theatre Conference. Carl also teaches in the Performing Arts department.
Andrea Ríos, a graduate student in Theatre Education, recently won Best International Documentary at the Girona Film Festival in Cataluna, Spain for her film Aleks.
Kevin Dwyer, '13 visits Boston as ASM on Book of Mormon National Tour.
Dwyer credits networking and mentorship of Emerson faculty with helping him land national tour of Tony-winning show.
Assistant Professor Christina Marin recieves service learning innovation grant
to support collaboration between Emerson's Theatre Education graduate program and ¡ACCIÓN! Community Theater (ACT) in Hyde Square.