Theatre programs

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.

Theatre and Speech Major

(Satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in theatre and speech. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.)

Requirements
COM 355 - Organizational Communication
ENG 297 - The Rhetoric of Persuasion
ENG 401 - History and Theory of Rhetoric
THE 101x - Mass Media and Society
THE 112 - Performance Studies
THE 114 - Stagecraft
THE 130 - Introduction to Design
THE 206 - Playwriting: The One-Act
THE 215 - Acting
THE 312 - Directing
THE 406 - Topics in Dramatic Literature
Choose one course: 4
THE 343 - History and Theory I
THE 344 - History and Theory II
Choose 2 credits: 2
ENG 280 - Shakespeare
PHI 238 - Philosophy of the Arts
THE 133 - Ballet
THE 135 - Jazz Dance
THE 226 - Scene Design
THE 227 - Introduction to Lighting Design
THE 230 - Costume Design
THE 260 - Drama Ministries Ensemble (2 credit maximum goes toward major)
THE 305 - Story and Worship
THE 315 - Acting: Scene Work
THE 407 - Playwriting: The Full-Length
THE 465 - Selected Topics in Theatre and Speech
Total credits required: 40