Theatre Concentration A.A.

Program Advisor: Ellen Shanahan

The Theatre Arts concentration in the Fine Arts degree program involves students in the study of acting, directing, design, lighting, and stagecraft in the beautiful and modern Boland Theatre in the Koussevitzky Arts Center. Theatre at BCC is "doing." In addition to a comprehensive academic program, students are involved in every aspect of theatrical production from lighting and costuming to acting and design, and they receive college credit for their work. Three main-stage, full-scale productions are mounted each year, augmented by student-directed plays, giving freshmen and sopho­mores unparalleled opportunities.

Experience is the key: what students learn in the classroom is immediately applied on stage.

Program graduates usually transfer to baccalaureate institutions where the experience, training, and academic discipline received at BCC are an excellent foundation for future work and study in the theatre.

Related majors at the baccalaureate level: communications, dance, mass communications, musical theatre, theatre-acting/ technical, TV/film program production. This is a MassTransfer eligible program


Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of historical events in theater;
  • demonstrate the art of stage technology: costuming; set con­struction; and lighting;
  • demonstrate specific performance skills in acting including character analysis, blocking, interpretation, voice and diction;
  • master the art of theatrical auditioning;
  • develop a repertory of theatrical roles through participation in plays and theater events; and
  • develop an appreciation of world culture through the beauty and discipline of the art of theatre.


To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 66 program and general education credits, plus the additional require­ments, shown below.

Program  31 Credits

THR 102 Stagecraft I OR  


THR 103 Stagecraft II

THR 104 Acting I   3
THR 105 Acting II 3
THR 106 Fundamentals of Theatre Design 3

THR 110  Acting for TV and Film OR   


THR 205 Directing


THR 111 History of Theatre I OR  


THR 112 History of Theatre II 

THR 206  Acting Styles 3
THR 233 Movement for Actors 3
THR Dramatic Literature (see footnote 1) 3
THR Practicum (see footnote 2) 4
General Education 35 Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
ENG  Literature  3
THR 101 Introduction to Theatre 3
Behavioral and Social Sciences 3
Environmental Studies (see footnote 3) 1
History (HIS) 6
Mathematics 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 7
As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio 6 items
Forum 12 units
Health/Fitness (see footnote 4) 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall: 2.000

Area of Specialization: All required THR courses



The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester 16 Credits
THR 101 Introduction to Theatre 3
THR 104 Acting I 3
THR 106 Fundamentals of Theatre Design 3
THR 198 Practicum 1
ENG   English Composition/Writing 3
History (HI) 3
Second Semester 16 Credits 
THR 105  Acting II 3
THR 199 Practicum 1
THR 233 Movement for Actors 3
THR Stagecraft (see footnote 5) 3
ENG  English Composition/Writing 3
History (HI) 3
Third Semester
17 Credits  
THR 206 Acting Styles 3
THR 298 Practicum 1
 THR History (see footnote 6) 3
ENG Literature 3
Mathematics 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 4
Fourth Semester 17 Credits
THR 299 Practicum 1
THR Acting or Directing (see footnote 7) 3
THR Dramatic Literature (see footnote 1) 3
COM Communication 3
Environmental Studies (see footnote 3) 1
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 3
Social or Behavioral Science 3


1.  Chosen from THR 209, THR 210 or THR 214.
THR 198, THR 199, THR 298 and THR 299.
The Natural of Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled by one 4-credit laboratory science and one 3-credit non-laboratory science or by two 4-credit laboratory sciences. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science course, such as BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101 and ENV 102, fulfills both the Natural/Physical science requirement and the Environmental Studies requirement.
THR 119 recommended.
Chose from THR 102 or THR 103.
Chose from THR 111 or THR 112.
Chose from THR 110 or THR 205.