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Theater Arts

To perform or not to perform?  That is the question — among many others — for anyone with a passion for the theater and a desire to play a part in it.  But whether you dream of a place under the spotlights or behind the scenes, there are many ways to make a career in theater.  As a theater arts major at UNH, you’ll audition them all.  You’ll discover the role you were made for and rehearse it for the real world.  By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready for a theater career that can run for decades.

Find your role.

You’ll study in a creative environment that develops, nurtures, and showcases your creative talents.  Where those talents lie will become obvious as you explore courses in:

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Dramatic literature
  • Stagecraft
  • Directing
  • Playwriting

Because the classes at UNH are small — seldom exceeding 20 students — you’ll get more individual attention and guidance from your instructors, which will help your talent blossom. At UNH, you’re not one in a sea of faces — which can happen in larger universities.  Think of our classes as cast-size, instead of audience-size.

While you’re focusing on your area of interest, you’ll also get a broad overview of the industry from performance to design to the business of running a theater.  It is essential for anyone involved in the theater to have a deep appreciation and understanding of its many aspects.  To be truly at home in the theater, you need to know it inside and out.

Concentrate on your craft.

In addition to the University’s core requirements and the required courses for theater arts majors, you can opt for a concentration in one of three areas:

  • Performance.  You’ll take courses in acting, dance, directing, and vocal performance.
  • Design and Production. Learn stagecraft, basic design, color, and production fundamentals.
  • Arts Administration.  Immerse yourself in marketing principles, management and organization, financial accounting, public relations systems and practices, business law, and the regulatory environment.

Run your own theater company.

In preparing for the real world of theater, this is the dress rehearsal of dress rehearsals.  In your senior year — with the help and guidance of a faculty adviser — you and your classmates will develop and run your own theater company.  You’ll get a specific budget, and you’ll choose a season of plays to present to the University. 

All decisions, including management, artistic direction, marketing, directing, and casting, fall to you and your classmates.  It doesn’t get any more hands-on than this!

Think about our location.

UNH is ten minutes from the historic theaters of New Haven and an easy commute to the Boston theater district and Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway in New York. If you’re looking to be steeped in theater while you study, you couldn’t find a better location than UNH.


  1. Applause! Applause!

    The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has honored UNH theater students both regionally and nationally. 

    The Festival provides several exciting scholarship and learning opportunities every year.