Why Study Theatre and Performance Studies?
General Education Requirements: 37 hoursFull Program Requirements
Core Courses: 28 hours
Specializations: 12 hours
Advanced Selectives: 9 hours
Electives: 34 hours
Total: 120 hours
Performance is not limited to theatrical
production—the act is central to human nature as we move and function in the
world. When you pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Performance
Studies from Governors State, you will learn to bridge
theory with practice and the verbal with the visual. Whether in theatrical
presentations proper or in everyday acts of living—you will be equipped as a
transformative agent of social, cultural, political, and personal change.
Choose from specializations in Theory and Practice,
Technical Production, and History and Dramaturgy to focus your studies toward
your intended career path.
Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS)
students have the opportunity to participate in up to three student productions
a year in GSU’s award-winning Center for Performing Arts, which also showcases
nationally-renowned performances. Each student performance is carefully
selected to engage the university community in interdisciplinary conversation,
and shows frequently sell out.
Reach your career goals.
Job demand for actors, producers, and
directors is expected to grow 12% over the next decade—faster than average—according
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With an undergraduate degree in Theatre and
Performance Studies, your career opportunities are highly versatile, with
knowledge and skills obtained lending to career paths in such fields as civic
engagement, activism, nonprofit organization, public relations, art
appreciation, or the pursuit of graduate study.
- Theory and Practice
- A specialization in Theory and Practice will offer
you an opportunity to explore the development of live performance from a
hands-on perspective, from acting, directing, or writing.
- A specialization in Technical Production will
prepare you to work behind-the-scenes on theatrical productions through courses
in scenic, lighting, sound, and costume design, and stage management.
- History and Dramaturgy
- A specialization in History and Dramaturgy will
provide a strong academic foundation if you are interested in dramaturgy or
literary management for a theatre company, or writing about theatre.