Through rigorous learning, skill training, and aesthetic practice, the Brandeis Department of Theater Arts fosters a creativity that connects to scholarship and a scholarship that is responsive to the individual and to the community. As artists, practitioners and scholars, we create new work and ideas, and challenge our students to enact change, build connections, and value diversity.

Spingold Theater as seen from the Light of Reason Our rich history is embedded in the legacy of Leonard Bernstein and the gifted collaborators who invigorated Spingold Theater Center into being. At the forefront is a strong community of students, faculty and staff who work every day toward the common privilege of creating and discussing the world of theater through classes, lectures, workshops and performances.

The department is built on the values of creativity, diversity and inclusion, scholarship (knowledge, craft), aesthetic, risk-taking, collaboration, rigor and professionalism.

Two students seated in chairs with other students seated on the floor in a theater class with Adrianne Krstansky

Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts

The major in theater arts is designed to give students a solid foundation in dramatic literature, theory and history as well as the opportunity to explore specific areas of practical theater performance and production. Students can also minor in theater arts.

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Theater Department Productions

Through progressive and challenging programming in a unique and dynamic setting, students, guest artists, faculty and staff work together to create cutting-edge theater productions promoting multiculturalism alongside artistic achievement.