Wagner College provides a strong liberal arts background combined with intensive training in Theatre, particularly Musical Theatre, through classes and public performances. By combining theory and practice, the department seeks to foster leadership, a sense of community, artistic integrity, intellectual expertise, and the best professional values to serve students in their chosen profession.
The Department of Theatre and Speech offers training in Acting, Musical Theatre Performance, Dance, Design, and Management as well as study in Directing.
WCT offers a BA in Theatre and Speech with concentrations in Performance, Design/Technology/Management, and Theatre Studies; a Dual Major in Theatre and Education; and a BA in Dance Education.
The Performance Concentration involves a sequence of acting courses, including classical styles, improvisational techniques, musical theatre performance, dance, voice, and the business of acting. The curriculum culminates in a Senior Showcase at Playwrights Horizons. Performance majors have a wide variety of courses in Dance, Movement, and Voice, along with a range of required foundations course. An audition is required for acceptance into the program. Some classes are exclusively for Performance majors. A student in the Performance Concentration cannot finish the degree in less than 3 years at Wagner, and no transfer credit in performance will be accepted toward the major requirements
The Design, Technology and Management (D/T/M) Concentration includes Stage Management, Drafting, and Design Courses, including Lighting, Costume, and/or Sets. There are many opportunities to practice by working on the various departmental productions. An interview is required for acceptance into the program.
Theatre Studies is designed for students who want to study the may aspects of theatre, from performance based classes including directing, to history and theory including several in English and Modern Languages, to design and management. Many students go on to graduate school. Students are required to interview prior to declaring this major. This is the most flexible of the concentrations in terms of accepting transfer credits and community college degrees.
Dual Major in Education and Theatre is best for students interested in a career teaching in primary or secondary schools. Students take a range of Theatre courses as well as all the required courses for receiving teacher certification, including the Senior Learning Community in Education that involves a semester of student teaching. Students will have an adviser in both areas.
The Dance Program encompasses a Minor in Dance and a Major in Dance Education. The program offers study in a range of disciplines, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap, as well as courses in Pedagogy, Movement Analysis, Choreography, History, and Criticism. Professional dancers and choreographers regularly offer guest workshops and are hired to participate in the program.
Full Course Descriptions
(Please note: Transfer credits, including AP credits, from other institutions will not necessarily be accepted toward the major.)
- Major in Theatre and Speech: Performance Concentration (B.A.)
- Major in Theatre: Design, Technology and Management Concentration (B.A.)
- Major in Theatre: Theatre Studies (B.A.)
- Dual Major in Theatre and Childhood Education (B.A.)
- Minor in Theatre or Dance