Christian Theatre Ministries

The career concentration in Christian theatre ministries requires that you major in theatre at Northwestern. This career concentration prepares you 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. You will be placed according to your 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.

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Required courses

Completion of theatre major
MUS 115AE - Music of the Church
(3 credits) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience)This course provides an introduction to the fascinating and frustratinghistory of how Christians have used, created, manipulated, or avoided musicin their worship of God. Although each of us comes from our owndenominational, geographical, and cultural backgrounds, we will seek tounderstand the whole historical sweep of Christian church music, as well asour own place in that history.
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.(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.(1 credit)
THE 260 - Drama Ministries Ensemble
A performance group emphasizing preparation of scripts for presentation in worship services and worship-related settings.(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.(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.