Majors and Minors

Would you like to read the classical Greek plays that led to today's theatre?  Watch scenes from the latest Broadway musicals?  Create scenic, lighting and costume designs... and get the chance to execute them?  Write that play that has always been a dream?  Work with professional theatre artists?

Consider a major or minor in theatre at Agnes Scott.

Why should I study theatre at Agnes Scott?

  • Campus Involvement
    Agnes Scott’s student theatre troupe, Blackfriars, works closely with the theatre department to create a student-centered production program encouraging and promoting individual leadership and responsibility. Founded in 1915, Blackfriars is the oldest continuously performing theatre group in Atlanta. Productions have included Antigone, The Tempest, The Fantasticks, The Learned Ladies, Just So Stories and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
  • The Winter Theatre
    Agnes Scott’s Winter Theatre is home to both the theatre department and Blackfriars. The 310-seat auditorium with a semi-thrust stage provides an intimate viewing experience for guests and incredible resources for students.
  • The City of Atlanta
    Atlanta provides many opportunities for students to experience first-rate shows and performances. Employment and internship opportunities are available at many of the city’s theatre organizations, including the Alliance Theatre Company, Dad’s Garage, Georgia Shakespeare, Push Push Theatre, Synchronicity Performance Group and Théâtre du Rêve.
  • Audition and Internship Opportunities
    Theatre professors are active with local, regional and national organizations. Students have worked with the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts and the Nashville Children’s Theatre, presented workshops at the Georgia Theatre Conference, assisted with festival organization at the Southeastern Theatre Conference and participated in scholarship auditions with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
    Agnes Scott’s most popular study-abroad program involves travel to London where students have access to outstanding training programs as well as the restored Globe Theatre and the famous West End. Other trips have involved study in Paris to witness French theatre festivals and residence in Beijing to observe Chinese performance techniques. Students also find programs in the United States in theatre capitals such as New York and Washington, D.C.

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Theatre major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • demonstrate a conceptual understanding of acting, directing, dramatic writing and theatrical design;
  • demonstrate the ability to apply skills drawn from a study of acting, directing, dramatic writing and theatrical design to practical settings;
  • demonstrate an ability to compare personal, political or cultural perspectives through the analysis of varied forms of theatrical creation.
Requirements for the Theatre Major
Required Courses: 100, 131, 203, 250, 326
Three of the following: 313 (4-credit), 322, 323, 324, 325
Two of the following: 235, 303, 327, 350
One of the following: 400, 410 or 490, with department permission and approval
Major requires a minimum of 11 courses (44 credits) in the discipline.
Other Requirements:
A student electing a theatre major must play an active participatory role in the Agnes Scott theatre production program as determined by the department.
Requirements for the Theatre Minor
100 and four additional 4 credit courses, not including 108 or 117
The student may design her program with the department guidance and approval to reflect a particular interest or emphasis, including performance, design, dramatic writing, history and criticism or some combination of the above.  A student electing a minor in theatre must play an active participatory role in the Agnes Scott theatre production program as determined by the department.