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Overview – Undergraduate Program

Our ideal student is:

  • A risk-taker
  • Open to challenges
  • Willing to learn and apply new skills
  • Aware that creation requires focus, exploration, and dedication
  • Committed to using Drama and Dance to capture the diversity of the human experience

We prize the close-knit structure of our undergraduate Drama program. Students come to know faculty well during their time in the department, and faculty take an active interest in students' progress. Course evaluations describe our faculty as dynamic, caring, and enthusiastic participants in students' development.

The Drama program boasts a diverse array of course offerings and training opportunities. Learn more about our course offerings, or how to major or minor in Drama.

Professional Development

The Boston area is home to over eighty professional theatre companies and more than twenty dance companies. Students with an interest in pursuing careers in the arts have found opportunities for internships as well as paid positions as actors, assistant directors and dramaturgs, technicians, assistant stage managers, and marketing and outreach interns around the Boston area. Depending on the nature of the work, students may receive course credit for their professional collaborations. Many of our faculty members are active in Boston-area theatre and dance companies and have been able to help students make connections.

In 2015 we inaugurated the Molly Glynn Summer Theatre Awards (named in honor of Tufts alum and actress Molly Glynn who died in 2014). The awards enable students to pursue professional theatre opportunities during the summer. Students have collaborated with Northlight Theatre in Chicago, the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company, the Central Square Theatre, the American Repertory Theater, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Through generous donations from alums and current faculty, we have been able to help students take important next steps in their professional development.

Students with an interest in arts education often enjoy collaborating with our summer and year-long children's theatre programs, including Magic Circle Theatre, Creative Arts, and the Collins Players.

Study-abroad and off-campus programs are available for one or two semesters during the junior year. Popular choices include the British American Dramatic Academy (full-time training in acting or directing) and the and the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Center (acting, directing, design).

The application process does not require an audition or interview. However, students are welcome to submit materials including a brief statement about how they connect their creative work to a liberal arts education. On a visit to the campus, you are welcome to observe Drama and Dance classes and meet with a faculty member. Arrangements should be made in advance through the Department Office, by calling 617.627.3524, or you can email the drama program.