The Theatre Program combines opportunities for live performance with a variety of courses in theatrical production, performance, theory, history and literature.
Student- and faculty-directed productions are presented in Bartlett Theatre on the HWS campus.
The program offers a disciplinary major and both disciplinary and interdisciplinary minors.
If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in Theatre or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.
disciplinary, 12 courses, 11 credits
At least 12 courses including THTR 100, THTR 130, THTR 220, THTR 320, THTR 490 and two semesters of THTR 900; three electives in theatre which constitute a concentration in either acting, theatre production, theatre history/literature/theory, or theatre of/for social change; two additional electives in Theatre or from the list of cross-listed courses listed below. Electives will be selected in consultation with the advisor. No more than three courses may be at the 100-level and at least six courses must be at the 300-level or above (two of which are the two T-900 half credits). The major may include no more than one independent study and no more than two courses from outside the department. All courses (except THTR 900) must be completed with a C- or better and six courses must be unique to the major.
disciplinary, 5.5 courses
At least 5.5 courses including THTR 178, THTR 278, one semester (0.5 credit) of THTR 900, and three elective courses in theatre selected from the two groups of courses below. At least one of the electives must be from the Dramatic Literature, History, and Theory Group and at least one must be from the Theatre Production and Performance Group. The additional elective may be taken from either group. Two additional semesters of THTR 900 may be used as the third elective. At least four courses must be at the 200-level or above and at least three courses must be unique to the minor. The minor may include no more than one independent study in theatre. All courses must be completed with a C- or better.
interdisciplinary, 5.5 courses
At least 5.5 courses including THTR 178, THTR 278, one semester (0.5 credits) of THTR 900, and three elective courses selected from the two groups of courses listed below. Two of the elective courses must be outside of Theatre, at least one of the electives must be from the Dramatic Literature, History, and Theory Group and at least one must be from the Theatre Production and Performance Group. The additional elective may be taken from either group. THTR 900 may not be used as an elective. At least four courses must be at the 200-level or above and at least three courses must be unique to the minor. The minor may include no more than one independent study in theatre. All courses must be completed with a C- or better.
Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to educate students in the history of dramatic literature, visual design and performance.
Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Theatre a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Discover the craft of acting through the use of improvisation, theatre games and acting exercises, with an emphasis on developing concentration, improvisational skills and sensory awareness. If you are interested in acting, enroll in ENG 320 History of American Independent Film and study the development of the independent film industry from the 1920s through contemporary cinema.
How is reading a play different from reading other forms of literature? Explore the ways in which the realities of theatrical production challenge us to think about reading and interpretation differently. With widely diverse texts, ranging from Asian to European, and “classic” to contemporary, Introduction to Dramatic Literature can lead you to deeper levels of analysis in both of Comparative Literature and Theatrical Production down the road.
Further your understanding of the craft of playwriting as it is first discovered in the playwriting process workshop, and, by the end of the semester, complete your own one-act play. Then, expand your knowledge to screenplay writing by enrolling in ENG 233 The Art of the Screenplay.