The drama program is designed to foster both the ardent
researcher and the experimental artist, creating well-rounded
contributors and collaborators. In whatever role on the production
staff or creative team, as performers, scholars, managers, and
leaders, our students learn how to join together to tell both
personal and global stories. Drama courses train scholar-artists who
can work in theatre, film and other media, and many of our courses
provide skills that apply on stage and screen.
Our faculty provides both careful mentorship and active involvement
in the production season, as well as opportunities to assist or
collaborate on outside professional projects. Faculty stay connected
to our students well beyond graduation, helping to place them in
internships, jobs, and careers.
Drama students often use their Tufts experience as a springboard
into professional training and careers. Noteworthy alumni in theatre
and film include
Kristen Lee Kelly,
Nicola, Robert O'Hara,
Joel Perez, and
In recent years, our undergraduates have gone on to exciting work in
the professional theatre, including the Department of Cultural
Affairs in New York City, starting their own theatre companies,
launching their own casting agencies, working with theatrical agents
such as Samuel French, performing at Playwrights Horizons, Cleveland
Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, or at other theatres in cities across the
United States. Others have pursued opportunities in film and
television out in Los Angeles. Some of our drama students pursue
advanced training after their time at Tufts. Over the past decade,,
seniors have gained admission to prestigious graduate programs at
the Yale School of Drama, Columbia University, the Juilliard School,
NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, Northwestern University, and the
Webber-Douglas Academy (London), among others.
While many of our undergraduate alumni have successful careers in
some aspect of theatre, film or television, still others have made
productive transitions to law, business, advertising, education, and
many other fields.
Major in Drama
The major in drama provides a balanced mix of study and practice,
understanding and process, thinking and doing. Students will enjoy
the opportunity to take on a variety of roles in the production
process, and to expand their knowledge of theatre history and
Our program also provides useful skills for those planning to pursue
graduate school or professional training or to work in a theatre
arts specialization. Drama majors often complete double majors in
combination with many other departments and programs.
The drama major consists of eleven course credits and related
requirements, as follows:
- Five courses in history, literature, and/or theory of drama,
three of which are required: DR 2 (Ancient and Medieval Theatre), DR
3 (Early Modern Theatre), and DR 4 (Modern and Postmodern Theatre).
The other two courses are electives from
an approved list.
- A theatre technology course chosen from the following offerings:
DR 16 (Costume Technology), DR 17 (Theatre Technology), DR 20 (Stage
Engineering), or DR 29 (Scene Painting).
- A design course chosen from the following offerings: DR 18
(Lighting Design), DR 125 (Scene Design), or DR 126 (Costume
- Two course credits in acting/directing/movement or studio
dance/voice (excluding DR 80).
- Two electives in the student's area of interest (at least one of
which must be an upper-level course). A maximum of one course credit
of DR 80 or 81 may be applied towards the major.
- A run crew (DR5) on a faculty-directed major production (ASM,
light board operator, sound board operator, costume crew, deck
- A prep crew (DR6) on a faculty-directed major production
consisting of 30 hours of production prep work a given semester (not
on a given show).
- We expect each Drama major to gain experience in the creative
aspects of drama and/or dance through involvement in the
department's production program. Graduation magna cum laude or
cum laude with a drama major is contingent not only on scholastic
achievement, but also on significant participation in productions.
By the time students complete a major in Drama they
should be able to:
- Demonstrate both orally and in writing a basic knowledge of
one area of theatrical design and technology.
- Collaborate effectively in the classroom, rehearsal, and
production process, students should learn technical aspects of
production through hands-on experience.
- Demonstrate both orally and in writing a broad knowledge of
world theatre history and dramatic literature.
- Demonstrate both orally and in writing an understanding of
theatre as an interpretive art.
- Engage in critical thinking and experiential learning
projects that require students to articulate the connection
between theatre and civic engagement in different eras, cultures
and societies; articulate how theatre constructs gender, race,
class, and environment in plays of varied eras and cultures.
- Collaborate effectively in the classroom, rehearsal, and
production process, students should understand the individual
and collective roles of a creative team; students should be able
to implement organizational and problem-solving skills in the
Please note: We strongly recommend that students considering a drama
major complete Drama 2, 3 or 4, the crew requirement, and an
introductory-level course in either studio dance/acting or
design/technology by the end of the sophomore year. This will allow
greater flexibility in scheduling coursework and more opportunities
for advanced-level production projects.
We also encourage students who plan to pursue professional training
or graduate study to take more than the minimum number of course
credits, especially in their area of specialization.
Minor in Drama
The drama minor consists of a minimum of five courses taken in the
department: two in literature/history (including either Drama 2, 3
or 4) and three other courses selected in a plan approved by the
designated minor advisor. Drama minors have the option of choosing
an emphasis in acting, directing, design, technical theatre or
theatre studies. Drama minors also are required to serve on either
one run crew (DR 5) or one prep crew (DR 6) for a departmental major
production. We also offer a Minor in Dance.
For questions about the minors in Drama or Dance, contact
Interdisciplinary Minor in Multimedia Arts
The interdisciplinary minor in multimedia arts is offered by the
Departments of Art and Art History, Drama and Dance, Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, and Music. Please see
Arts for more information.
Interdisciplinary Minor in Film Studies
Please see Communications and Media Studies for more information.
The application process does not require an audition or interview;
tapes and portfolios are not accepted. 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
Please see the
Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more
Drama Minor Concentration Check List >