Overview

The Theatre Arts major, with two tracks in Acting and Musical Theatre, is an interactive degree that combines theory and in practice courses to prepare students for a career in the arts post graduation. Under instruction from professionals in the industry, students will be given ample opportunities to grow in an academic and artistic capacity. All enrolled Sacred Heart University students, regardless of major, are invited to participate in the Theatre Arts Program.

During an academic year, students will have several opportunities to work on a wide variety of shows. The program produces six full-scale productions each year – two main stage shows in the Edgerton Center and four Little Theatre shows. The musicals and plays range in style: past shows include Rent, Chicago, Dogfight, Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boeing Boeing, Playboy of the Western World and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Each show is under professional direction and is presented to the Sacred Heart University and the public. In addition, students will also have the chance to perform alongside professionals from the Connecticut Children’s Theatre as they present their bi-annual children’s show.

TheatreFest is an annual Sacred Heart University event that allows students to explore their creativity within various roles in the theatre. Student written one-act plays or musicals are developed through initial feedback given from program faculty and peers. After rewriting, selected shows chose a student director, stage manager and actors to perform their show. After another round of performances and rewrites, remaining shows are given a chance to be fully produced with a full set, costumes, lights, sound and technical crew. These stages are integral to the creative process and to students understanding all of the elements into creating a full production.

Concentrations

Theatre Arts Majors can choose from 2 concentrations – Acting and Musical Theatre.

Minors

Students from across the university can take advantage of the six different minors offered by the School of Communication, Media & the Arts: journalism, advertising media/public relations, film and television, sports media, digital communication, and performing arts. These minors allow non-majors to explore an area of focus within the fields of Communication and Media Arts while developing an understanding of media theory, history, and technical skills.

Student Website

Sacred Heart Theatre students have their own website where you can learn about their productions and the program. View here. 

 

Careers

The Theatre Arts major allows students to develop the skills that will prepare them for numerous production, performance and other industry opportunities. The Theatre Arts curriculum will give students a broad range of communication, organizational and problem-solving skills that are applicable to a wide range of jobs, including a career in the performing arts as an actor, director, producer, playwright, stage manager or educator.

Specific examples of potential employers of Theatre Arts majors include:

Production companies

Television, radio, and film

Community organizations

Casting agencies

Arts councils

Libraries

Theater management

Touring companies

Educational/cultural institution

Universities and K-12 schools

Performing arts organizations

Public relations agencies

Benefits

Courses taught by professionals from the theatre industry; gain networking opportunities.

Chances to explore all elements of theatre; performance, directing, writing, design.

Meaningful experience in communication, analysis, public speaking, teamwork and problem solving.

Preparation for a career in a variety of fields; theatre (acting, directing, producing, writing, stage management), television, film, education (kindergarten – higher education), media companies and art therapy to name a few.

Skills that will translate into post-graduation career and can be added to resume.

Facilities

The 60-seat black box style Little Theatre is a space designated for theatre arts faculty and students. Sacred Heart University’s Fairfield campus is also home to the 776-seat Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts where many student productions are performed each year. The Theatre Arts major will have access to the new facilities in the Martire Business and Communications Center, including a sound stage for film and television production and performance/motion capture animation studio.