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We play hard. And through our play in the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre program, we craft, design, create and become more. We become greater. We don’t concern ourselves with what is popular, but with what is right.
Together, we will explore every element of the theatre in order to understand it completely. We dig into every facet of theatre in order to better understand ourselves. We challenge each other in every corner of the theatre in order to better understand each other.
In doing this, every story we tell, every character we play, every set we build, every light we shine, and every world we create elevates us. We rise up and never look back. If we achieve greatness, then we raise the bar: because in challenging ourselves, we learn even more.
Welcome to the ensemble. We say ensemble because that is at the heart of how our Theatre program operates. No one member of the group is greater or more important than another. It is our work together, and the support of the company, that makes a New England College theatre production rise to the level of excellence that we expect. Join NEC theatre. Where work and play are the same thing.
Theatre: Learn by Doing at New England College
- You are involved in theatre productions from your first semester on campus.
- Each year you’ll help produce four shows: a major fall production, an important winter staged reading, a spring production, and a spring movement concert. All theatre students are directly involved in each of these productions.
- All theatre classes involve getting up and participating directly in what you’re learning. You’ll use every technique and tool, and apply them to the work at hand.
- The summer after your junior year, you will participate in an immersion program with our summer professional company: The Open Door Theatre. You’ll spend your mornings in master classes with faculty and company members; your afternoons working on the technical elements of the production; and evenings in rehearsal.
- You will create your own portfolio. Students focused on acting will create an audition package. Technical students will create a portfolio of their work. Your portfolio is critiqued by the professional company, and during the fall remount of the summer production, your work is presented for evaluation.
- Production Analysis and Theatre Lab are specifically built to directly reflect the work of our semester productions. Because the work is always changing, they can be repeated for credit.
Career Opportunities in Theatre
Training in the theatre develops skills that are highly sought after in the workplace such as communication and interpersonal skills, writing, critical thinking, collaboration, team-building, problem solving, and self-motivation.
- Director, Producer
- Stage Manager, Set Designer, Light Designer, Costume Designer
- Company Manager, Production Manager, Artistic Director, Producing Director, Managing Director
- Theatre education: be an education director at theatre companies, summer camps and after school programs
- Graduate programs our students have recently attended include Cal Arts, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, The New School at The Actors Studio, Columbia University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, San Diego State University, and the University of Georgia
- In addition to working in the commercial or educational theatre, our graduates have become chefs, doctors, lawyers, film makers, and entrepreneurs among many other career paths.
Dozens of New England College alumni have been recognized in the field of theatre and entertainment. Some of our prominent alumni include:
- Jay Kulick ’85, six-time Emmy award winning cinematographer.
- Cris Graves ’93, Emmy award winning producer of shows such as The Amazing Race.
- Cinematographer Luc Nicknair ’83, who has worked on films such as Batman Forever and The Addams Family.
- Oscar winner Geena Davis also attended NEC and was awarded an Honorary Degree in 1992.