Frequently Asked Questions

1) Does the Theater Arts Department require an audition?
There is no audition requirement for the theater department. Students apply to Brandeis through the common application. Once accepted, a student is allowed to declare any major/s in the university.

2) What would be the best classes for a first-year theater student?
THA 10a and 10b (Theater as Performance and Theater as Design) are perfect introductions to the department. In addition THA 11a and 11b (Theater Texts and Theory I and II) will provide students with the historical and textual work required to proceed in their theater education. We also encourage students to take THA 30 (Theater Practicum) early in their career, as this provides a great introduction to the Brandeis Theater Company.

3) Are there regularly scheduled tours of the theater department?
There are not set tour times for the theater department. Rather, we schedule these with prospective students and their families on a case by case basis. If you are interested in scheduling a tour, meeting with a faculty member, sitting in on a class or meeting with one of our Undergraduate Department Representatives, please email theater@brandeis.edu.

4) Do you have to be a theater major to audition for BTC shows?
BTC auditions are open to the entire Brandeis community. You do not have to be a major or minor in the department to audition.

5) What opportunities exist for students to get involved with the BTC productions?
THA 30a Theater Practicum is a perfect way for students to get involved in BTC shows. In this course, students will serve as crew for a BTC show, thereby learning the ins-and-outs of our production process. Students can also audition for shows, stage manage shows (after completing the required course work), design shows (after completing the required course work), work in the scene, costume and electrics shop, and assistant direct.

6) How many shows per year are produced by the Brandeis Theater Company?
The Department of Theater Arts, through the Brandeis Theater Company, mounts four to five shows per academic year. The department strives to produce at least one musical every other year.

7) How do prospective students apply to Brandeis University?
To apply for undergraduate admission, visit the Brandeis admissions Web site.

Our Mission

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Faculty Adrianne Krstansky in "The Bacchae" (2006)

The mission of the Department of Theater Arts is to reveal the theater’s unique ability to incorporate diversity and community in a sophisticated process of creative expression that results in plays and musical theater pieces of artistic and social significance. Through a twofold path of academic inquiry and practical artistic experience, we help students develop an understanding of dramatic literature in theory and historical context as well as in action. Students have the opportunity to experience the strength and immediacy of live theater through the production and performance of plays and musical theater pieces, including dance and movement, in the multiple spaces of the Spingold Theater Center.

The Department of Theater Arts views the theater as a centuries-old system for creating awareness of groups and their place in the wider universe of experience. In production, we examine the concept of “company” or “ensemble” as an integral part of developing an effective creative community. The theater group, utilizing the building blocks of time and space, applies the tools of physical movement, language, sound and music, light, and visual image in a rich collaborative process whose goal is the practical interpretation of important dramatic and musical theater works. In its creative process, the Department of Theater Arts continually reflects the mission of Brandeis University as a place where collaborative artistic achievement serves as a model for progressive human enterprise.