From commanding the spotlight to operating it, you’ll explore every aspect of theater production and learn to use the stage to make an impact on the world.

Program Overview

Cast members Khalid DJ Bilal, Christina Comizio, Lauren Rosenay and Jennifer Dupre, from left, rehearse their roles in the upcoming production of "The Clean House" Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Buckman Theater on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Connecticut. The play by Sarah Ruhl is directed by Keely Baisden and opens Nov. 10, 2016.

Practice, practice, practice

Cast members Christina Comizio ’17 (left) and Lauren Rosenay ’20 rehearse their roles in the upcoming production of "The Clean House.”

Our students learn from professionals

We have an affiliation with The Barrow Group Theatre Company in New York City that provides our students with professional mentorship and networking in all areas of theater performance and production (including acting, directing, playwriting, stage managing, design, and arts administration). Our students are also encouraged to audit classes at The Barrow Group's highly regarded professional training center.  

The centerpiece of our relationship with TBG is a New Play Festival that we produce annually in New York City on The Barrow Group's Main Stage Theatre just steps from Times Square. The festival includes seven plays written by Quinnipiac students. Our students also direct, perform and stage manage the plays. The Barrow Group's professional artistic team mentors our students through every step of the preparation process. In this unique setting, our students are exposed to professional practices and develop career-enhancing relationships that will serve them long after they graduate.

Our BA in Theater is purposefully designed with a great deal of flexibility early on. This encourages students to explore all areas of theater. In the final two years of the program, students are asked to focus their goals into one or two specific areas. During this time, theater students take advanced level courses in their area, participate in professional internships and complete an individualized senior capstone.

In Their Words

Taking Charge

From commanding the spotlight to operating it, our students explore every aspect of theater production and learn to use the stage to make an impact on the world. When Quinnipiac's theater department was looking for the perfect person to be the set designer for their fall play they didn't have to look any farther than one of their own students, Cece Fanning '17, a theater/English double-major. She was the first student scenic designer for a main stage production.

Theatre Arts Center

Space to experiment

In Fall 2017, we will open the Theatre Arts Center. The space will be at 515 Sherman Avenue, just around the corner from the York Hill Campus.

The new facility will include a state-of-the-art black box theater, scenic shop, design studios, classrooms, faculty offices, a student lounge and additional rehearsal space.

The center is being described as a "destination" for Quinnipiac students with a passion for the arts.

Rendering of the new Theatre Arts Center

Center stage

Rendering of the new Theatre Arts Center, set to open in Fall 2017.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Theater Curriculum 

Course List
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum 46
Theater Core Requirements
DR 140Stagecraft3
DR 160Acting I3
DR 191Theater Practice I4
DR 230Directing for the Theater3
DR 270World Theater History & Dramatic Literature I3
DR 275World Theater History & Dramatic Literature II3
DR 286Comparative Drama/ Play Analysis3
DR 310Laboratory in Theater and Community3
or DR 410 Senior Project
DR 370Internship in Theater Administration, Production, Performance, Education Or Theater and Community3
In addition to completing courses for the departmental core, students complete courses for one of four tracks.9
Total Credits83


Theater Generalist Track

Course List
Select 9 credits of 200- or 300-level courses chosen from at least two of the following areas: acting, directing, theater history and dramatic literature, design, playwriting, theater production/administration, such as:9
DR 220
Voice and Movement
DR 260
Acting for Film/TV
DR 340
Scenic Design
or DR 341
Lighting Design for the Theater
or DR 342
Costume Design
DR 375
History and Dramatic Literature of the Contemporary Theater
DR 350
Total Credits9

Theater Education Track

Additional requirement courses satisfy State of Connecticut Theater Arts Certification guidelines for specialized credential in theater (6/7/05).

Course List
DR 220Voice and Movement3
DR 350Playwriting3
DR 305Theater for Young Audiences (ED 362)3
Select 18 credits in education, as specified by MAT program.18
Total Credits27

Electives in applied music are strongly encouraged for theater education students.

Theater Production/Administration Track

This track has been suspended until further notice. Theater production/administration courses are still open (as space allows) to students wishing to explore/study the discipline.

Theater and Community Track

Course List
DR 310Laboratory in Theater and Community3
DR 350Playwriting3
Select one additional 200- or 300-level theater course 13
Total Credits9

Two courses if DR 310 is taken as core major requirement.