Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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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.

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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 productions.

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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.

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Do you have to be a theater major to audition for Department of Theater Arts shows?

Auditions are open to the entire Brandeis community. You do not have to be a major or minor in the department to audition.

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What opportunities exist for students to get involved with the productions?

THA 30a Theater Practicum is a perfect way for students to get involved in shows. In this course, students will serve as crew for a 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.

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How many shows per year are produced by the Department?

The Department of Theater Arts mounts four to five shows per academic year. The department strives to produce at least one musical every other year.