About Us

We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Studies, as well as two minors. Our courses are designed to encourage problem solving in collaboration with others, developing skills in critical thinking, and communicating 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 students for careers in the professional theater and in a variety of other fields.

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Theater Studies faculty are scholars in dramatic literature, theory, or theater history, or they are theater professionals in acting, administration, design, directing, and playwriting. Classes are small, insuring a high level of interaction between students and faculty. Visiting artists and playwrights infuse our program with fresh takes on the entertainment business.

A major area of interest among faculty members is the development of new theater, both student and professional. You will be encouraged to write plays, and new writing by Duke students is presented annually. This is complemented by professional productions hosted by Theater Studies and workshops of new plays, during which the playwright is in residence. These professional projects offer you the opportunity to intern and learn from visiting artists and practitioners.

Declaration of Values

We value:
  • Theater as a core component of a liberal arts education
  • Global citizenship fostering social awareness and valuing diversity 
  • Teaching at the intersection of critical and creative thinking 
  • Making theater with a focus on collaboration and the intent to foster student agency 
  • The creation of new work by students, faculty, and visiting artists and scholars
  • Strong teaching and student mentorship