Picasso at the Lapin Agile, directed by Judy Navas, Sonoma State University.
Play, directed by Judy Navas.
Photo by Anthony Bish.
Theatre Studies Major
The Theatre Studies degree takes a liberal arts approach to studies in theatre and provides students with a broad-based background in theatre history, dramatic literature, theory and criticism, as well as a comprehensive study of the components of current theatre practices. Story-telling and mythic context reflected in the human condition are an integral part of this investigation. The model is the “Renaissance” wo/man who wants to view theatre from a rich vantage point, poised to comment and act in the world around him/her... The guiding question is always, “what elements stir or motivate the creative act? And, “how does one find the pulse within oneself to manifest this relationship between theatre and a path of one’s choosing?”
Each individual in the program is encouraged to find his/her special bond with and talents in theatre so that a lifelong journey of discovery and action can begin. Be it: directing, teaching, writing, teaching, promoting or working with diverse populations--the knowledge and practices gained in theatre become a vast resource for human understanding, personal growth, healing and social change.
You do not need to audition to be accepted into the Theatre Studies track. If you want to apply for a talent scholarship, you need to apply in February and audition in March for the coming year. Scholarships are granted only to those students who have been admitted to the University and are declared Theatre Majors.
We aim to:
- Nurture individual artistic process
- Expand the student’s participation in theatre—as reader, doer, thinker and maker
- Develop performance skills
- Introduce a broad range of genres and dramatic writers
- Provide a safe environment to encourage risk-taking
- Inspire passion for the art and craft of making theatre
- A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Arts
- An curriculum, that includes contemporary writing, theatre history, world theatre, experimental playmaking, and cross-disciplinary approaches to theatre study
- Close connection with a supportive faculty
- Ample opportunities to perform dramas, comedies, musical theatre, experimental works, student writing and improvisation in a variety of venues from the first year through graduation
- Class sizes that allow for personal attention and individual feedback
- A community of theatre students in acting, dance, technical theatre and general theatre who work together and support one another
- State-of-the-art facilities including a 475 seat proscenium theatre, a black box studio theatre, 2 dance studios, and an amphitheatre
- Opportunities to collaborate with dancers, musicians, singers, and technicians
- A foundation for a professional acting career, graduate studies, creative work, or teaching acting and theatre
- A life broadened and enriched through personal immersion in the art and craft of acting
We welcome your interest in our program, invite you to visit the campus to sit in on classes, meet with instructors, and see our work on stage.