ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Theatre at Goucher?
The Theatre Department is designed to offer a balance between the varied artistic elements of theatre and an intellectual understanding of the diverse theoretical, historical, and cultural aspects of this art. Theatre students prepare for careers in theatre and other performance media, for further studies in theatre at the graduate level, or for the pursuit of careers in diverse fields outside of professional theatre.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
At Goucher, the study of theatre is firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Ours is not a conservatory program. We encourage our students to pursue excellence in all the multiple facets of theatre study, including performance, design and technical theatre production, collaborative stagecraft, playwriting and directing, and dramaturgy. Students are expected to balance the rigors of their academic classes with the requirements of a demanding production season.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
Students who major in theatre at Goucher will complete courses in performance, technical theatre and design, history/criticism/dramatic literature, integrative skills courses (such as directing, playwriting, or theatre for social change), and professional development/extramural experience. The Theatre Program also sponsors an annual theatre season in the Mildred Dunnock black box theatre. Our seasons are made up of a diverse array of theatrical productions that include classical and contemporary plays from around the world, student written original works, works in languages other than English, and pieces that experiment with form and content.
Theatre program contact: Rebecca Free
Full-Time and Half-Time Faculty
Allison Campbell, Associate Professor of Theatre: Scene Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Experimental Theatre
Michael Curry, Professor of Theatre: Directing, Particularly Classical Works (Shakespeare and Greeks); Modern British Drama; U.S. Drama of the 1960s Through 1980s; First-Person Historical Interpretation; Theatre in the Community; Commedia Dell'arte; Mime; Voiceover Work and Narration; Service Leaning
By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher theatre students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies for more information.
Arezzo, Italy: Theatre, Dance and Music students can study performing arts in the Accademia Dell'Arte program in the medieval city of Arezzo, Italy in the heart of Tuscany. The Accademia combines an intensive Italian language program and academic studies with a semester of high level theatre, music or dance performance training. Students experience a rigorous education that takes place in an atmosphere that encourages individual expression and experimentation providing students with the skills and techniques that form the fundamental basis for which excellence and creativity emerge. Two Goucher theatre majors per semester can study in the theatre program. Two Goucher music majors can apply for fall semester in the music program. Fall Semester Music Program application procedure requires submission of supplemental materials. The dance program is offered in the spring semester and is limited to highly skilled dance majors. Prior to the start of the program, students will enroll in a four-week language intensive class. Students live in the Villa Godiola, in furnished, double occupancy, ensuite rooms.
Paris, Marseille, and Avignon, France: This course is an experiential introduction to the dynamic world of contemporary French theatre in three distinct parts of France: Avignon & rural Provence, Marseille, and Paris. Students get to know each area through French people, and improve language skills in immersion environments such as homestay families, theatre workshops, and cooking classes. Experienced theatre students profit from direct engagement with French traditions of performance, while beginners discover and develop skills such as vocal projection and characterization. For all students, theatre work offers tools for developing conversational ease in French while plays and performances provide a window into contemporary French culture. The capstone project is a Goucher Theatre Department production presented as part of the Department's fall program. Each student's participation is based on the individual's skills and interests.
Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION: A CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC IMMERSION: this course includes a pre-departure discussion in the spring term and a three-week
intensive course abroad in the summer. (1/4) An intensive international dance experience in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.
Students will experience daily instruction in a number of dance forms ranging from
European contemporary dance to traditional Scottish dance, view and examine dance/movement
theatre/events/happenings as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe
Festival, as well as examine the historical, aesthetic, theoretical, philosophical,
and critical issues concerning dance in the British Isles and Europe. This course
requires a pre-course in the spring semester. Summer 2018 and alternate years.
Opportunities & Internships
Scholarships in the Arts
For first-year students:
The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship (FPAS)
The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship recognizes students planning to major in dance, theatre, music, or the visual arts. Awarded to outstanding student artists, this is a renewable scholarship. Selected applicants will be invited to campus on February 26, 2017 for an audition or portfolio review, and for an interview.
To apply, please complete the Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship - Theatre application.
A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Education Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship should contact their individual academic advisers.
THE 290: INTERNSHIP IN THEATRE (3-4)
Full- or part-time internships with professional production companies. Prerequisite: at least one course in theatre. Preliminary application and interview required. May be taken for a letter grade or pass/no pass.
Instructor: Michael Curry
Community-based learning, or service learning, is a way for students to actively connect their academic work with direct experience in the community. By combining hands-on work in the community with the academic framework provided by course work across the curriculum, students gain a rich experience of social issues. Students learn about the workings of community, encounter differences related to race, class and privilege, gain a deeper understanding about social justice, and are able to do work that is beneficial to others. They also gain a greater understanding of themselves. Community-based learning emphasizes academic rigor, reflection, and developing ongoing community partnerships. Community-based learning can be part of any discipline and any academic division: humanities, social sciences, sciences and the arts.
At Goucher, community-based learning is part of a growing number of academic courses, including Theatre for Social Change. More information is available from Michael Curry or by visiting the Community-Based Learning website.
The Department of Theatre has many opportunities for students to work on its stage
crews and production teams. See Mary Sykes for more information.
The Comparative Drama Conference
The Comparative Drama Conference was held in Baltimore again this year, and once again a play be Professor Alvin Eng was chosen for a staged reading. Congratulations, Alvin!
The special keynote speaker at the conference this year was David Henry Hwang, author of M Butterfly and Yellowface, which Goucher theatre students saw at Theatre J in Washington this semester. Professor Eng spoke on a panel about Hwang's work as a librettist, which David Henry attended.
Two Goucher theatre students, Jacob Zabawa and Annabeth Lucas, also attended the conference
where Professor Eng introduced them to David Henry Hwang.