Whether you want to pursue a career in the entertainment industry or are interested in studying theatre as part of a broader liberal arts education, Marietta College's Department of Theatre has a program for you. We offer three majors and a minor, providing a variety of opportunities for you to engage in all areas of the theatre arts.
As part of our close-knit community, you might take courses in acting, stagecraft, design, directing, theatre history, stage combat, dramatic literature, auditioning and professional preparation, stage management, scriptwriting, and dance, depending on your major and interests. Through our production season of plays, musicals, and festivals, you'll apply your growing knowledge and develop your skills collaborating to produce high-quality theatre experiences.
Students in any major are invited to audition for roles or interview for technical positions, and freshmen usually are involved in productions right away. We strive to provide a selection of productions that is diverse in style, subject matter, historical period, staging, and technical requirements so you can explore how each attribute impacts your craft. You also are welcome to audition or interview for Pioneer Summer Theatre, in which we perform one Shakespeare play in East Muskingum Park on the bank of the Muskingum River and a musical at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre. Majors in the department must complete an internship to practice their skills professionally and must culminate their Marietta College education with a capstone project to demonstrate mastery of skills in one or more areas of theatre.
The Musical Theatre program provides pre-professional training for the aspiring musical theatre performer within a liberal arts framework. Through this major, students hone their acting, singing, and dancing skills while studying foundational theatre and music subjects and working toward a bachelor of arts degree.
Required courses include:
THEA 106, Acting I
THEA 210, Backstage Experience
THEA 214, Intermediate Topics in Acting - Stage Combat
THEA 215, Voice and Movement
THEA 266, Auditioning and Professional Preparation
THEA 314, Advanced Topics in Acting - Musical Theatre
THEA 347, Advanced Topics in Technical Theatre & Design - Sound Technology & Design
THEA 351, History of Musical Theatre
THEA 397, Theatre Internship
Theatre Practicum Courses
Practicum credits represent work done in one or more positions for a department production. This program requires three theatre practicum courses: two in performance (THEA 225; THEA 225 or THEA 325) and one technical theatre (THEA 226 or THEA 326).
MUSC 111, Music Theory I
MUSC 112, Music Theory II
MUSC 141, Keyboard Skills I (if proficient, MUSC 151 Applied Music Study - Piano may be substituted)
MUSC 142, Keyboard Skills II (if proficient, MUSC 151 Applied Music Study - Piano may be substituted)
MUSC 171, Aural Skills I
MUSC 172, Aural Skills II
MUSC 362, Opera Workshop
Voice Lessons and Vocal Ensembles
A vocal ensemble is required to be taken concurrently with Applied Music Study - Voice for six semesters. The Applied Music Study - Voice credits must be MUSC 151 for two semesters, MUSC 251 for two semesters, and MUSC 351 for two semesters. Any of the main vocal ensembles -- Men's Ensemble, Women's Choir, Oratorio Chorus, Concert Choir -- are acceptable for this requirement and may be taken repeatedly.
DANC 110, Dance for Theatre
DANC 201, Ballet / Modern
DANC 202, Tap
DANC 203, Jazz for Musical Theatre
DANC 303, Advanced Jazz for Musical Theatre
THEA 481, Theatre Capstone