Value Statement

Mission

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

Pillars of the Department

Creativity

The use of imaginative ability and flexible thinking to generate original ideas and surprising connections in all our work. Creativity serves as context for all of our other values.

Diversity and Inclusion

Distinct experiences and backgrounds (racial, ethnic, gender expression, gender identity, sexuality, economic, disability, religious, and social) enrich and enliven our conversations, scholarship, and creative expression. Through our curriculum, season planning, and the composition of our community, we strive to challenge discrimination, the marginalization of minorities, and the legacy of racism that has been inherent in the American theater tradition.

Scholarship (Knowledge, Craft)

The theoretical and experiential understanding of theater. Our goal is to provide students with the ability to use that understanding in the creation and appreciation of theater within a larger social context. Our students learn by doing.

Aesthetic

The deeply personal way in which we create and understand art. Our goal is to encourage our students to develop a sense of individuality and identity that guides their artistic endeavors through training, encouragement, and example.

Risk-Taking

The act of doing something uncertain in order to make new and exciting discoveries; success requires failure. Through coaching and mentorship, we encourage our students to make bold decisions, take chances, and challenge assumptions about themselves and our world. By creating opportunities within a supportive environment for personal risk, we increase opportunities for personal achievement.

Collaboration

The process of working with others in a shared venture. The collaborative process values individual expertise and perspectives and elevates the work we produce as a community by interweaving our singular voices and abilities. Students, faculty, and staff work together in an inclusive environment that embraces feedback, criticism, and flexibility.

Rigor

The expectation that students learn and work at a high level. We challenge our students to engage in their scholarly and creative work with commitment, curiosity, and depth.

Professionalism

The qualities, skills, and conduct that mark a person with training in theater. Through example, instruction, and high expectations, we strive to prepare our students for participation in both academic and professional environments.