Students in the Theatre Emphasis complete intensive coursework in the analysis, theory, and practice of acting and directing, collaborating both within various theatrical styles and across Performing Arts disciplines.

The Emphasis in Theatre at CI may not get you discovered (or it might--check out our alumni!) but it will definitely help you discover yourself, while you discover theatres of today, long ago, close to home, and far away. Our faculty's broad and varied expertise will help you find your passion in theatre. Our curriculum offers intensive practical and conceptual study, while also offering unparalleled opportunities to develop twenty-first century skills like collaborative problem-solving, oral and written communication, visual and textual analysis, and empathy.

The Performing Arts Theatre emphasis offer students solid foundations for a wide variety of careers, further studies, and other opportunities ranging from directly theatre-related professions—professional actor (theatre, film, television, industrial, theme-park, cruise ship, etc.), director, playwright, dramaturg, theatre educator (k-12, higher-ed, regional theatre, private coaching), theatrical agent, theatre critic—to lines of work that draw on the valuable transferable skills that characterize the PA-Theatre curriculum—therapist, producer, event planner, special education teacher, performance photographer/videographer, film or television director, arts manager, and myriad other possibilities.

Curriculum and flowchart (PDF, 40KB)

Summary of Units for the major in Performing Arts - Theatre

Lower Division Major Requirements 12
Upper Division Major Requirements 27
Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements 81
Total Units 120

Performing Arts Required Courses

Lower Division Requirements - 12 units

PATH 101 - Introduction to Theatre: Culture and Performance Units: 3
PATH 238 - Early Theatre History Units: 3
PATH 280 - Acting I Units: 3
PATH 281 - Play Analysis Units: 3

Upper Division Requirements - 27 units

PA 303 - Advanced Collaboration Workshop Units: 3
PA 499 - Performing Arts Capstone Units: 3
PATH 338 - Theatre in History (Cross-listed as HIST 338) Units: 3
PATH 380 - Acting II Units: 3
PATH 382 - Directing Units: 3
PATH 480 - Acting III: Performance Styles Units: 3

Select one from the following:

PA 390 - Events Units: 3
PA 391 - Production (Cross-listed as ART 391) Units: 3

Select two from the following:

PATH 333 - Multicultural Drama and Theatre (Cross-listed as ENGL 333) Units: 3
PATH 341 - Modern American Drama and Theatre (Cross-listed as ENGL 341) Units: 3
PATH 342 - Modern British and European Drama and Theatre (Cross-listed as ENGL 342) Units: 3
PATH 344 - World Drama and Theatre (Cross-listed as ENGL 344) Units: 3