Academics

Our educational approach combines respect for history with immersion in contemporary issues, and intellectual engagement with creative expression. You can major or minor in Theater Studies, and courses and productions are open to all Duke undergraduates. Our courses are designed to encourage you to solve problems in collaboration with others, to develop skills in critical thinking, and to communicate effectively with language, physical expression, and visual images. This focus on the development of artistic and intellectual skills, through study and production experience, helps prepare you for careers in the professional theater and in a variety of other fields. See where our alumni are now.

Highlights of our Program:

  • Combination of production experience and academic coursework in dramatic literature and theater arts
  • Opportunity to write plays
  • Intimate, small classes with scholars in dramatic literature, theory, theater history, dramaturgy, and performance studies and theater professionals in acting, administration, design, directing, and playwriting
  • Numerous visiting artists and playwright-in-residence programs that connect you with theater professionals
  • Theater-focused global education programs to help launch your careers