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The Program welcomes students’ unique cultural and individual perspectives into a collaborative working environment that encourages inquiry as the cornerstone of both personal and artistic growth. Together, MIT Theater’s faculty and students work together in search of expression, depth and mastery in the art of theater.


The Program in Theater Arts offers the opportunity for an imaginative and rigorous engagement with the arts and disciplines of theater: acting, directing, playwriting, design, production, and scholarship. The program combines work in the classroom, in the studio, and on the stage. Performance is the testing ground for what is learned in the classroom and the experiences range from student-generated workshops to fully-mounted productions by Theater Arts, Dramashop, and Playwrights-in-Performance. These activities are guided by Professional faculty and staff often with the enriching participation of guest artists. A Bachelor of Science in Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Degree is offered for Theater Arts under Course 21M; see the Department of Humanities section for details. The major departure advisor is Alan Brody.


The Minor in Theater Arts is designed to give students the opportunity to experiment in the making of theater. The flexibility of the minor allows students either to explore the basic principles of several theater disciplines or to concentrate more deeply on one. The Minor Advisor is Professor Jay Scheib.

The Minor in Theater Arts consists of the equivalent of six subjects arranged in three tiers of study as follows:

Tier I Theoretical Studies
One subject from the following:
21M.611 Foundations of Theater Practice; 21M.703J Media and Methods: Performing; 21M.710 Script Analysis; 21M.711 Production Seminar; 21M.846 Topics in Performance Studies

Tier II Practical Studies
Four subjects from the following:
21M.600 Introduction to Acting; 21M.603 Introduction to Design for the Theater; 21M.604 Playwriting I; 21M.605 Voice and Speech for the Actor; 21M.606 Introduction to Stagecraft; 21M.624 Acting with the Camera; 21M.645 Motion Theater; 21M.704 Musical Theater Workshop; 21M.705 The Actor and the Text; 21M.715 Topics in Theater Arts; 21M.732 Costume Design for the Theater; 21M.733 Scenic Design; 21M.734 Lighting Design for the Theater; 21M.735 Technical Design: Scenery, Mechanisms, and Special Effects; 21M.785J Playwrights’ Workshop; 21M.790 Directing; 21M.830 Acting: Techniques and Style; 21M.840 Performance Media; 21M.863 Advanced Topics in Theater Arts

Tier III Performance and Design
Twelve units from the following subjects:
21M.805 Performance and Design Practicum; 21M.815 Production Practicum; 21M.851 Independent Study in Production and Performance

The minor advisor is Jay Scheib.


Theater Arts Concentration

A concentration in Theater Arts is comprised of three to four 9-to-12-unit courses for a minimum of 36 credits in the Theater Arts curriculum and is designed as a broad introduction to the discipline. Up to nine units of theater practicum: acting, directing, and design in Theater Arts productions can be counted toward the concentration. The concentration advisor is Anna Kohler.

The transfer credits advisor is Professor Jay Scheib

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