The Theatre BA Program at Penn State Berks provides students training in the knowledge bases and skills sets necessary to begin a professional career in the performing arts fields. Students will, through classroom and production activity, develop necessary skills in text analysis, production conceptualization, design, construction, acting, management and directing. Through this combination of academic and production work, students will learn the skills of individual tasks that are then realized through a collaborative, creative work process.
The Theatre Program strives to ensure that graduates of the program may pursue careers as actors, technicians, managers, administrators, designers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and critics. These careers can be pursued within nonprofit performing arts organizations; professional theatre, film, television and web based production; and university work.
Penn State Berks offers two BA Options:
The BA Performance allows a student to build concentrations in:
- Design/Technology, with tracks in Scenic, Lighting, Sound and Costumes;
- Theatre Management/Administration.
BA Theatre Studies
- The Theatre Studies Option allows a student to construct a generalist learning program.
Due to our small size and the frequency of our productions, the Berks Theatre Program can offer students hands-on opportunity for sustained activity in their area of emphasis, while ensuring that they will complete the curricular and production assignments necessary for the completion of a BA degree. In addition, due to our size, we can provide the opportunity for students to complete their undergraduate training with employable skills sets in several areas of professional production work.
Internships, Research, and Application
Internships at professional production organizations (for live, recorded and web-based productions) are highly encouraged. Students may apply up to six credit hours of internship work to their degree.
It is recommended that students take the business courses necessary to have an understanding of the skills of marketing and management that are requisite for success in today’s professional entertainment industry.