The Theatre program at York College provides students with the information and experience necessary to continue with careers in acting, directing, technical theatre, or scholarship. Students complete instruction in all areas of theatre practice, history, and literature with a program that emphasizes a practical approach with several opportunities each year to participate in productions with The York College Players. With a major in Theatre, students are prepared for professional jobs and internships as well as graduate school. A minor in Theatre will augment a student’s major by improving co-operative skills, by developing imaginative problem-solving techniques, and by engaging communication styles useful in business, public relations, teaching, and law.
With a major in Theatre, students will learn how to write and analyze texts and documents, solve problems quickly and effectively, speak energetically and dramatically to audiences of all kinds and sizes, and contribute significantly toany group or team. A background in theatre prepares students for careers in sales, management, marketing, advertising, education, law, and public policy, to name a few possibilities. Theatre majors offer to prospective employers the valuable skills of creativity, imagination, independence of thought and action, patience, self-discipline, flexibility, initiative, teamwork, and dedication. Theatre majors’ energy, enthusiasm,strong work ethic, self confidence, versatility, responsibility, and commitment identifythem as well-rounded liberal arts graduates who can speak articulately, give confident presentations, and thrive under pressure. Careers in professional theatre are always possible, of course, but even if those dreams do not materialize, the Theatre major prepares students to compete happily for a wide variety of opportunities and provides them with a college experience full of fun, great friends, excitements, challenges, and satisfactions.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Theatre must complete a minimum of 124 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
In addition, the Theatre major must complete two semesters of one foreign language.