The Theatre Department offers a major and a minor in theatre.
Theatre is a multifaceted discipline. Students of theatre gain knowledge about culture, ideas, history, and people through the unique lens of the theatre. Theatre students also develop invaluable habits of mind and practice such as collaboration, intellectual curiosity, clarity of communication (written, spoken and artistic), aesthetic sensitivity, cooperative problem solving, and individual responsibility. The study of theatre fosters development of people as artists, scholars, and productive, engaged citizens.
At Goucher, the study of theatre is firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Ours is not a conservatory program. We encourage our students to pursue excellence in all the multiple facets of theatre study, including performance, design and technical theatre production, collaborative stagecraft, playwriting and directing, and dramaturgy. Students are expected to balance the rigors of their academic classes with the requirements of a demanding production season.
Students who major in theatre at Goucher will complete courses in performance, technical theatre and design, history/criticism/dramatic literature, integrative skills courses (such as directing, playwriting, or theatre for social change), and professional development/extramural experience.
The Department of Theatre also sponsors an annual theatre season in the Mildred Dunnock black box theatre. Our seasons are made up of a diverse array of theatrical productions that include classical and contemporary plays from around the world, student written original works, works in languages other than English, and pieces that experiment with form and content. The production season is open to all students whether or not they are majors and minors in the department. Working closely with the department's faculty and staff, there are opportunities for students to perform, stage-manage, produce, design, direct, write, and do technical production work. There are also many opportunities for students to enjoy live theatre in the Baltimore/Washington area.
The Department of Theatre is also the home of the Maryland Shakespeare Company that offers performance and educational experiences for Goucher students and for audiences across the state of Maryland.