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 Arts Major Requirements (45 credits)

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.

Core Curriculum (25 credits)

Applies to Acting, Musical Theater and Design and Technology Concentrations. The Filmmaking track curriculum is listed separately.

  • 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

Acting Concentration (20 credits)

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.

Musical Theater Concentration (20 credits)

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)

Design and Technology Concentration (20 credits)

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)
  • 50:965:302 Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (BA) — at least two additional credits
  • 50:082:101 Introduction to Art History I (3) — highly recommended
  • 50:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3) — highly recommended


Literature and History Electives

  • 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)

Theater Practice Electives

  • 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)

Design and Technology Electives

  • 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)

Theater Arts Minor Course Requirements  (18 credits)

Literature and History (6 credits)

  • 50:965:101 Introduction to Theater (3)
  • 50:965:380, 381 History of Theater I, II (3) — select one of the two courses

Theater Practice (9 credits)

  • 50:965:271 Acting I
  • Two additional courses from the 300 or 400 level

Further Study (3 credits)

  • One additional theater course selected in consultation with your advisor