Are you wondering what the theater major at Christopher Newport looks like? Well, that’s a bit of a complicated question, complicated in a good way. There are six different concentrations for the theater major. This allows for plenty of different avenues for students to explore, not just a singular curriculum.
The concentrations include acting, arts administration, design/technical theater, directing/dramatic literature, musical theater/dance and theater studies. Of course, all overlap with a core group of classes, but the classes you choose after your core is what creates your concentration. No matter which you choose, you have the opportunity to dip your toes into every facet of theater. This is definitely the best way to study theater, as you don’t isolate yourself to a sole program. Some of the classes in the core that you’ll take will usually include costume design, stage design, acting, theater history and directing. A lot of the elective courses involve delving deeper into those subjects, but also can include new subjects such as theater criticism, playwriting, make-up, lighting and drafting for the stage.
Personally, I’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg of what’s offered through the theater program, but I’m already immensely impressed. The faculty is incredibly accommodating and passionate. They all share a huge amount of experience in the actual theater industry and have great advice for aspiring theater majors. I can’t wait to sink my teeth even further into the program and explore some of the more advanced classes next semester!