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What Is Theatre?

Study in theatre offers exposure to creative dramatic expression, primarily in front of live audiences. It involves study of all types of artistic performance–in theaters, educational institutions, on TV, in movies and outdoors. Areas of specialization include acting, directing, theatre history and criticism, playwriting, design, theatre technology, theatre studies (education) and creative drama.

Why Study Theatre?

Perimeter College’s guided pathway in Theatre offers small class size, professional theatre faculty and “on the job” training as well as work on high-quality theatrical productions. Students are well-prepared for further college study or entry into the job market. Studying theatre allows students to develop the artistic depth and professional knowledge needed for pursuing careers in theatrical professions, non-profits, higher education and commercial enterprises.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Employers find theatre-trained applicants are valuable employees because they’re often energetic, enthusiastic and able to work under pressure. They generally have polished communications and human relations skills, and they’re experienced at working as members of a team toward a common goal. Most important, theatre graduates have developed self-confidence based on their experience of meeting difficult challenges.


Many types of jobs are open to students who study theatre, including:

  • Actor in theatre/commercials/TV/film
  • Children’s theatre/artistic/executive director
  • Costume/sets/lights/sound designer
  • Event manager
  • Film editor/producer
  • Director
  • Drama teacher
  • Podcast/web TV host
  • PR professional
  • Production assistant
  • Scriptwriter
  • Sound editor
  • Stage designer
  • Stage manager
  • Stunt coordinator/performer
  • Talent agent/casting director
  • Technicians
  • Theatre dresser/backstage crew
  • Theatre set/event display builder
  • Voiceover talent
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

9087 Theatre Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – Theatre

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42)


Area C: THEA 2040 Introduction to the Theatre (3) recommended

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18)

  1. Required Courses (13)
    • World language at the 1002 or higher level (3)
    • THEA 2210 Beginning Acting (3)
    • THEA 2100 Play Analysis for Production(3)
    • Select four hours from the following (4):
      • THEA 2010 Theatrical Design and Production (4)
      • THEA 1607 Stagecraft Skills (3) and select one of the following:
  2. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • Recommended for students wanting to study Performance:
    • Recommended for students wanting to study Music Theatre:
    • Recommended for students wanting to study Technical Theatre:
  • THEA 1701 or THEA 1702 may each be taken two times for credit or once each if both courses are taken for credit.


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