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Camden, New Jersey, 08102
Voice: (856) 225-6176
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Dr. Kenneth Elliott
Department Chair

Zulma Rodriguez
Department Administrative Assistant

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Course Requirements & Learning Goals

Theater Program

The mission of the theater program at Rutgers-Camden is to develop the skills, craft, and imagination of its students, as well as to provide them with a strong understanding of the history of the theater within a liberal arts context. In addition, the theater program stresses the collaborative nature of the art form by emphasizing the creative process and new play development. As a theater program operating within a larger fine arts department, we offer students a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary work. The curriculum includes courses in the areas of acting, directing, playwriting, technical theater, and dramatic literature/theater history. The program sees theater studies as a whole–an entire package with no one aspect being more important than another. The student who successfully completes the prescribed course of study will be prepared for graduate school or a variety of career options.


Theater Program Learning Goals

Students should:

  • Acquire the skills and craft necessary for a solid grounding in all areas of the theater

  • Develop a strong understanding of theater history and dramatic literature within a well-rounded liberal arts context

  • Demonstrate essential critical thinking and writing skills

  • Hone oral communication skills necessary for public presentations

  • Experience and appreciate the collaborative process

  • Acquire necessary preparation for graduate school, a future in the theater, or many other career options




Theater and film are creative and collaborative arts in which true excellence is achieved through hands-on experience. Our students can explore their craft by choosing concentrations in ACTING, MUSICAL THEATER, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, or FILMMAKING, all within a dynamic liberal arts curriculum that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Self-proposed majors in other areas of theater such as directing or playwriting can be created in consultation with faculty. As part of a strong, interdisciplinary Department of Fine Arts, our students also benefit from exposure to visual art, music, and new digital media perspectives.

Each year, the Rutgers University–Camden Theater Program presents a full season of plays and musicals that creates learning opportunities in every area of production from design work and stage management to acting and directing. Ground-breaking, fully supported productions range from Shakespearian tragedies to modern classics and musicals. Student-generated work is highly encouraged and showcased annually in the Student-Directed One Act Play Festival.


50:965:123               Voice for the Stage (3)

50:965:124               Movement for the Stage (3)

50:965:202               Play Reading and Analysis (3)

50:965:241               Stagecraft (3)

50:965:271               Acting I (3)

50:965:302               Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (BA)
At least three credits required.

50:965:380               History of Theater I (3)

50:965:381               Modern Drama (3)

50:965:496               Senior Project (BA)
At least one credit required.


The Acting Concentration enables students to hone their craft in classes taught by seasoned theatrical professionals. Performance opportunities abound in the Rutgers–Camden Theater season, which includes three mainstage productions as well as student-directed and student-created work.

50:965:371               Acting II (3)

50:965:372               Acting for Film (3)

50:965:373               Improvisational Theater (3)

50:965:471               Acting III (3)

Select at least one additional three-credit Literature and History elective, two additional three-credit Theater Practice electives, and one additional three-credit Design and Technology elective.  


The Musical Theater Concentration provides students with well-rounded training in acting, dance, and singing, complemented by a thorough general background in all areas of theater and performance opportunities in department-presented musicals.

50:700:131               Singing for the Stage (3)

50:203:201               Musical Theater Dance (3)

50:965:308               American Musical Theater (3)

50:965:371               Acting II (3)

At least one additional three-credit dance course is required

At least two credits of Applied Voice (50:701:169 Voice I or higher) are required.

Select at least one additional three-credit 300 or 400 level theater elective from any category.

Highly recommended:
50:700:161-162               Basic Musicianship I, II (2, 2)



Students enrolled in the Design and Technology Concentration complete coursework in all areas of theatrical design taught by our faculty and outstanding professionals active in their fields. In addition, the Rutgers–Camden Theater season provides many opportunities for designers, theater technicians, and stage managers.

50:965:242               Stagecraft II (3)

50:080:221               Drawing I (3)

50:965:314               Scenic Design (3)

50:965:362               Costume Design (3)

50:965:382               Lighting Design (3)

50:965:361               Survey of Costume History (3)

At least two additional credits of:
50:965:302               Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (BA)

Highly Recommended:
50:082:101               Introduction to Art History I (3)

50:082:102               Introduction to Art History II (3)



50:965:308               American Musical Theater (3)

50:965:309               American Theater (3)

50:965:310               Experimental Theater (3)

50:350:331               Shakespeare I (3)

50:350:332               Shakespeare II (3)

50:965:345               Theater and Film in Europe (3)

50:965:361               Survey of Costume History (3)


50:203:201               Musical Theater Dance (3)

50:965:227               Jazz Dance (3)

50:203:249               Ballet I (3)

50:965:301               Performance (BA)

50:965:303               Actor Director Workshop (BA)

50:965:318               Playwriting I (3)

50:965:319               Playwriting II (3)

50:965:320               Directing I (3)

50:965:321               Directing II (3)

50:965:322               Directing for Film (3)

50:965:363               Educational/Children’s Theater (3)

50:965:371               Acting II (3)

50:965:372               Acting for Film (3)

50:965:373               Improvisational Theater (3)

50:965:471               Acting III (3)


50:965:242               Stagecraft II (3)

50:965:270               Stage Makeup (3)

50:965:302               Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (BA)

50:965:314               Scenic Design (3)

50:965:362               Costume Design (3)

50:965:382               Lighting Design (3)



Literature and History (6 credits)

50:965:101              Introduction to Theater (3)

50:965:380, 381      History of Theater I, II (Select one of the two courses) (3)

Theater Practice (9 credits)

50:965:271              Acting I

Select two additional courses from the 300 or 400 level

Further Study (3 credits)
Select one additional Theater course in consultation with your advisor.




The filmmaking concentration is a unique collaboration between film and theater that builds on the program’s strengths and resources in both areas. Filmmaking students take a series of production courses that focus on diverse genres and techniques in filmmaking and include documentary, fiction, experimental, and film for theater productions. Filmmaking students also take theater courses specializing in acting, directing, lighting, and production design. The concentration culminates in a senior film project where students collaborate with filmmakers, actors, and designers within the program.