Department of Theatre

UNCW Department of Theatre - Hamlet


The Department of Theatre provides high level education and training in theatre art within the context of a liberal arts environment. For our majors we offer three areas of concentration: Performance, Design/Technology, and Customized. Students committed to performance or production design and technology are challenged with pre-professional training and a solid academic core that prepares them for a range of outcomes: from entry into the theatre and film markets to exciting careers in related disciplines. Students interested in customized develop individualized or community-based projects within a wider array of theatre courses and experiences. For theatre minors or general university students we offer a range of production opportunities, as well as academic and active learning workshop classes to augment the student's breadth of knowledge. Students interested in Dance may select from a variety of studio courses that will enhance their educational experience at UNCW.

  • The required core includes courses in performance, design, production, script analysis, and theatre history. The senior seminar "capstone" course culminates the student's work throughout their undergraduate education for the purpose of preparing for their careers. This includes audition/interview techniques and portfolio development.
  • A double major is possible.
  • Study abroad programs are available.

All students in Theatre courses will demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of the historical development of theatre in western culture.
  • An understanding of the historical context surrounding the development of playwriting, scenery, acting conventions, and theatrical architecture.
  • The ability to analyze plays in terms of form, structure, content, and stagecraft.
  • An understanding of an audience's awareness of how the artistic elements of dramatic literature are integrated in a theatrical performance.
  • An understanding of the roles of various theatre artists: playwright, producer, director, scenic/lighting/costume/sound/projection designer, technical director, production manager, dramaturgy, stage manager, etc.

Students in the Performance Option will demonstrate the following:

  • An appreciation and understanding of an actor's ability to create a story, refine character development, define both the setting and time for a scene, assess a problem, and find creative solutions.
  • An understanding of various performance techniques and styles through class discussion and critical feedback.
  • The ability to use a combination of performance techniques in a theatrical production.
  • A practical knowledge of the entertainment industry.

Students in the Production Design and Technology Option will demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to contribute to a theatrical production in set, costume, lighting, sound or other areas of theatrical design.
  • An appreciation and understanding of the historical development of various aspects of theatrical design and technology, and of contemporary technology's influence on both production design and technology.
  • The ability to contribute to a theatrical production in set, costume, lighting, sound or other areas of theatrical design.

Students in the Customized Option will demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to link theoretical and practical elements in dramatic study with a focus on playwriting, directing, or some other aspect of theatrical production.
  • The ability to research, write, and revise a scholarly paper on some aspect of theatrical production.
  • The ability to make an effective oral presentation of such research and writing.