Acting I and Other Instructor Permission Courses

Acting I is among the most popular classes that the Theater Department offers. Because of this high demand, admission to Acting I and to many of our other theater courses is determined through a process of instructor interviews.


For the 2019-20 academic year, the department will be conducting instructor interviews for the following courses: THEA 30: Acting I, THEA 31: Acting II, THEA 36: Speaking Voice for the Stage, and THEA 65: Summer Theater Lab.  The performance courses previously listed require instructor permission for registration, meaning that it is not possible to pre-register.

If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please sign up for a different course that you would like to take should you NOT get into a performance course this term. if you are admitted into the performance course for which you have interviewed, you can then drop that additional course.


  • THEA65: Summer Theater Lab, ARR class schedule, with Carol Dunne

This deep dive into new play development will be taught online this summer. A new format will include four weeks of intensive new play development with VoxFest, a laboratory and a performance platform for the development of daring, innovative theater run by Dartmouth alumni. Theater 65 will also offer performance and production work on the Frost/Dodd Playwriting Festival and a possible workshop with  New York Theater Workshop and other nationally recognized theaters.

Please join us for an information session on Thursday led by Professor Carol Dunne and members of VoxFest. We will give a brief overview and answer all questions.

When: Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 4 pm
Where: Zoom Meeting (email for the Zoom meeting link)

Please email if interested in registering for this course. 



The following courses also require instructor permission for enrollment, but do NOT conduct interviews; admission for these classes may be obtained by emailing the professor to discuss the course and requesting permission to enroll:

THEA 10.08: Creativity and Collaboration, Professors Dan Kotlowitz and Melinda Evans
THEA10.32: Acting for Musical Theater II, Professor Carol Dunne
THEA 27: Movement Fundamentals II, Professor Keith Coughlin
THEA 28: Dance Composition, Professor John Heginbotham
THEA 29: Dance Theater Performance, Professors John Heginbotham and Rebecca Stenn
THEA 48: Costume Design, Professor Laurie Churba
THEA 54: Directing, Professor Peter Hackett
THEA 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater, Professor Laurie Churba