About this program
The Theater Program is designed to provide students with an understanding of and critical appreciation for the basic elements of theater, including acting, directing and playwriting. This program does not emphasize specific tracks in theater, and among the hallmarks of the theater degree is an emphasis on students creating original work, allowing valuable insight into the creative process and its practical applications. Additionally, a study of the great traditions of theater and the development of skills can empower students toward their own clear and original voice--a valuable asset in any profession. For this reason, the program encourages the integration of theater skills and theory within other disciplines and individual studies. Students are welcome to contact a theater program advisor to better focus this integration.
This program also values prior learning. Students at Metropolitan State may continue to build upon previous learning experience in theater, in keeping with our tradition of alternate learning strategies.
A number of past and current students have worked professionally and semi-professionally in the theater for years, and are now committed to an academic qualification.
Students graduating from the Metropolitan State Theater program are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge of or proficiency in, the skillful use of voice, body, sensory perception, imagination and craft.
- comprehend the foundations and value of theater as history, through its role in culture and society as it evolves and integrated contemporary forms.
- explore and mount original and existing work, and to critically analyze its form, structure and significance to real-world problems, committed citizens and artistic vision.