Theatre helps us share our common humanity through storytelling. An audience laughs at a “knock-knock” joke told by a character in “Macbeth.” People laughing at jokes other people laughed at hundreds of years ago – that shows a common human nature. Theatre reaches out to audience members as individuals and collectively to remind them that we are all human together.

Theatre majors develop skills all employers want — both in and out of show business — such as:

  • Creative problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Time management

In the Alvernia tradition, theatre students learn the importance of diversity of thought, faiths and cultures.  Students are challenged to shape and transform the world as ethical leaders, concerned citizens and caring members of the greater community.


Today’s employers look for recent graduates with the “soft” skills of a strong liberal arts background. Theatre graduates are prepared to work in many fields within the performing arts and beyond. Alvernia theatre graduates are prepared to work as actors, directors, designers and technicians, as well as positions outside show business in human resources, public relations and business.


Students get hands-on experience they can use in or outside the world of theatre through a range of behind-the-scenes, performance-based and theoretical courses.

Theatre majors complete nine core courses. They also complete three courses that focus on Acting/Directing or Design/Technical Theatre. Students take four courses of co-requirements in English, Art and Music. In addition, all Alvernia students complete general studies core courses.

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and theatre majors must complete 48 credits in the major.

Required courses for theatre majors are:

  • THR 142 Creativity Workshop
  • THR 155 Introduction to Acting
  • THR 156 Theatrical Production and Design
  • THR 350 Directing for the Stage
  • THR 355 Theatre History
  • THR 356 Theatre History II
  • THR 357 Behind the Curtain
  • THR 404 Arts Operations
  • THR 434 Senior Production Workshop

Choose from one of the two following 9-credit options:

  • Acting/Directing:
    • THR 255 Intermediate Acting
    • THR 360 Advanced Acting/Directing (must be repeated for 6 credits)
  • Design/Technical Theatre:
    • THR 244 Computer-Assisted Design
    • THR 357 Behind the Curtain (must be repeated for 6 credits)

English electives, 6 credits. Recommend 2 from:

  • ENG 213 Modern Drama
  • ENG 302 Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies
  • ENG 303 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances

Related electives, 6 credits. Recommend 1 from art and 1 from music:

  • ART 101 Drawing I
  • ART 103 Color and Design
  • ART 105 Art Appreciation
  • ART 215 Art: Prehistoric through Middle Ages
  • ART 217 Art: Renaissance to Present
  • MUS 121 Introduction to Music
  • MUS 135 Music Theory
  • MUS 222 Multicultural Music
  • MUS 224 Broadway Musicals
  • MUS 331 Women in the Arts
  • MUS 333 Music History

Theatre majors are also advised to take 4 credits of THR 134 (Theatre Workshop) as free electives.


Nathan Thomas

Associate Professor of Theatre

Francis Hall Room 305



For more information about the Alvernia Theatre Program, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office, 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

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