Students say the collaborative, excellence-oriented environment of Northwestern’s theatre program is unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. The program’s goal is to help you as a theatre artist develop your creative gifts for service in God’s kingdom. That will happen as you:
- Commit to ensemble work
- Emphasize process over product
- Cultivate a servant’s heart in every role
Writing your own lines
Northwestern’s program offers a unique playwriting focus with courses in one-act and full-length script writing. The annual World Premiere Festival is a chance for student playwrights to see their own work on stage.
Christian Theatre Ministries
The career concentration in Christian theatre ministries requires that a student major in theatre at Northwestern. This career concentration prepares a student for work in Christian theatre. This could involve working as a theatre director in a church or working with one of the many professional Christian theatre companies throughout the United States.
An important aspect of the career concentration is the internship experience. Students will be placed according to their particular area of interest. If you desire to work in church theatre, you may choose to intern in either a local congregation or one out of the area. If a Christian theatre group is your preference, Northwestern will help make arrangements with one of the numerous companies.
|Completion of theatre major
|MUS 115 - Music of the Church
This course will survey Judeo-Christian music of the Church, from its biblical roots to the present day. Students will be introduced to the development of hymnody, liturgy, music and worship movements and will compare historical models with current worship situations. Recommended for all students entering church-related work, including pre-seminary and Christian education. (3 credits) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience)
|THE 305 - Story and Worship
The study of the story of worship as well as story within worship. An application of the principles and practices of dramatic art to worship planning and leadership, and also a study of plays within the context of Christian corporate worship. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
|Choose 4 credits:
|THE 133 - Ballet
A study of the form and techniques of ballet. Dance courses may be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits. (1 credit)
|THE 135 - Jazz Dance
A study of the form and techniques of jazz dance. Emphasis will be on the integration of modern musical performance. Dance courses may be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits. (1 credit)
|THE 260 - Drama Ministries Ensemble
A performance group emphasizing preparation of scripts for presentation in worship services and worship-related settings. Members are chosen by audition. Course may be repeated. (1/2 credit)
|THE 315 - Acting: Scene Work
Students perform scenes from classical, modern and contemporary literature. Emphasis is placed on script analysis. Prerequisite: THE215. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
|Choose one course: 2-8
|THE 405 - Practicum in Christian Theatre
A theatre laboratory experience using drama in a Christian context. Prerequisites: theatre major and a career concentration in Christian theatre ministries. Graded on a pass/no pass basis. (2 credits)
|THE 417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
|Total credits required beyond major: 13-19
Note: Internships range from 2-12 credits. The maximum credits applied to the major is noted under the 417 course designation.