The Theater Major

The Theater Major program is designed to nurture 21st century artists and scholars who grasp the multidisciplinary nature of theatre as well as its historical legacies and contemporary challenges. 


Theater Majors take a minimum of ten courses divided between theater practice (acting, directing, design, dance, stage management, technical production, and playwriting) and theater studies (the history, criticism, and theory of theater and performance). They are also required to fulfill five production requirements that reflect a variety of theatrical activity, demonstrating an active and sustained participation in theatrical production. One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production.

Students interested in majoring should familiarize themselves with course and production requirements as well as the department's course offerings and descriptions. To help you with your planning, you may also wish to use our Theater Major Worksheet.

Students intending to pursue a Theater major must meet with the Chair to discuss their planned course of study previous to submitting a plan in DartWorks .Upon declaring as a theater major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you to determine how to best maximize your opportunities at Dartmouth and achieve your artistic and career goals.

Students may also be double majors. In addition to theater, past students have majored in English, Neuroscience, Physics, Environmental Studies, or Linguistics. Although a double major calls for careful organization and planning, your advisor will serve as a helpful resource in this process.

For more information on our major requirements, please contact our Academic Coordinator.