Students majoring in Theatre may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in a program that combines intensive performance and production work within a strong liberal arts environment. Our goal is to produce graduates capable not only of bringing an informed awareness of the contemporary world to their art and craft, but also strong individuals who have options to use their education in a variety of career choices both in and outside the professional theatre. Several of our students have taken advantage of the opportunity for exposure to life and art outside of the United States through an exchange program with Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.
The Theatre Curriculum
In addition to a diverse university education curriculum, students majoring in theatre receive a carefully structured sequence of theatre courses including acting and directing, design and production, theatre history, literature, and criticism. The student day is typically divided into three parts:
For a complete list of course requirements for a Theatre major, visit the course catalog.
The UTC Department of Theatre and Speech recommends that students familiarize themselves with our Handbook. To view the Handbook in PDF file format, click here.
ADJUNCT EVALUATIONS AND EXPECTATION POLICIES
Adjunct faculty can view policies in PDF file format, click here.
ADDITIONAL UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM
Courses in the humanities and fine arts, science and mathematics, behavioral and social sciences, written and oral communications, and foreign languages is required by the University for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
University departments offer a wide variety of minors. Required for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Students graduating in Theatre have several options for careers. Those seeking professional careers in theatre find encouragement and assistance from the department in securing internships with professional companies throughout the country or places in strong graduate programs. Students have been awarded internships at such Tony Award winning institutions as the Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres in Chicago, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival; at the Williamstown and Berkshire Theatre Festivals in Massachusetts; Wooly Mammoth in Washington, D.C., Actor's Theatre of Louisville, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Heritage Theatre Festival in Virginia. Recent graduates have worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles; professional theatres in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington; and in graduate schools in theatre and film. Others have opted for non-theatrical careers in law, education, business, and banking.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED:
Members of the theatre faculty would be happy to provide you with additional information about the program and to lead you on a brief tour of the facilities. Please feel free to e-mail here or call the departmental office at (423) 425-4374 or to write to the address listed below:
Department of Theatre & Speech #1401
323 Fine Arts Building
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403