The theatre arts program at Monmouth is a challenging major that trains students to become accomplished stage performers, or production specialists in areas such as set construction, lighting, costuming, or stage management. The program also prepares students to move on to specialized graduate programs in theatre arts. In addition, students have the option to dual major in music and theatre arts.
There are a variety of courses available for theatre arts majors. These courses focus on topics such as acting, production and design, theater history, and theater appreciation.
In addition, as part of their course work, theatre arts majors are required to participate in a summer theater workshop following their first year of study. This is in conjunction with the Shadow Lawn Stage, an Actors’ Equity theater on the Monmouth campus, where students work behind the scenes and occasionally onstage during these professional productions. There they have opportunities to make lasting contacts with professional actors or stage managers and earn points toward Equity membership.