Marist Theatre Program Offerings in the English Department
Marist College offers a major in English with a Concentration in Theatre. Students take a combination of Acting I, Acting II, Acting III, Stagecraft, Directing, Playwriting, Modern Drama, American Drama and English Drama. Students are encouraged to intern during their junior or senior year at a professional theatre company or in a related field. Marist has established relationships with a number of professional New York City theatres, as well as opportunities in Boston, Martha's Vineyard, the Berkshires and beyond. The goal of the major is two-fold: to train students in the practical aspects of theatre for those wishing to pursue a professional career in theatre, while also developing valuable skills that may be applied to a host of career paths. Many of our graduates pursue careers in law, marketing, advertising, business, education, television and journalism, to name a few. Upon graduation, it is our goal for you to be an advanced writer, strong reader, articulate speaker and clear thinker--specialties that can be applied to most any career path.
- ENG 150 Introduction to Theatre
- ENG 227 Acting I
- ENG 229 Theatre Practicum
- ENG 241 Acting II
- ENG 292 ST: Stagecraft
- ENG 292 ST: Musical Theatre History
- ENG 310 Playwriting
- ENG 320 English Drama I
- ENG 321 English Drama II
- ENG 340 American Drama I
- ENG 341 American Drama II
- ENG 349 Acting III
- ENG 350 Directing
- ENG 355 Theatre History
- ENG 363 Modern Drama
- ENG 435 Theatre in the Round
- Theatre Internships Courses
The English Department offers a popular minor in Theatre. Many students find the minor an attractive way to receive specialized training in theatre without the increased requirements of the Theatre concentration. Students who minor in theatre come from all majors on campus, especially from the School of Communication, which houses majors in Radio/TV/Film, Communication, Art, Art History and Fashion, etc. Many students who participate in campus theatre minor in Theatre or take theatre courses as electives to hone their craft. Many courses offered in the Theatre minor may be applied to COM tracks and English Literature and Writing concentrations.
MCCTA is Marist's all-student-run theatre organization. Sponsored by Student Government Association, MCCTA is one of Marist's oldest student clubs and also one of its largest. Governed by an executive board of thirteen students and one faculty advisor, the E-Board oversees all operations, including season selection, filling production positions and club budget. MCCTA annually produces an array of events, including a musical, a drama or comedy, an original play festival and a children’s theatre production. Participation is open to all Marist students.
Alpha Psi Omega is the national theatre honor society. With over 975 "casts" Marist's chapter is the Alpha Epsilon Iota Cast. Select students are elected to positions of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary for our chapter each year. Membership is earned through a combination of strong academic performance and significant participation on campus plays. APO celebrates the uniqueness of a theatre student's passion and means for gaining experience. Therefore, by working on a play, you receive points towards membership, similar to the system used by the professional actors union, Actors' Equity Association. Students of all majors are eligible for induction.
Fine Arts Courses
The English Department offers ENG 150 Introduction to Theatre & ENG 227 Acting I as Core Fine Arts options for all Marist students interested in theatre.
On and off-campus internships for credit are available in theatre. On-campus academic-year internships include theatre administration (publicity, management, producing) and technical theatre /design. Previous off-campus internship placements include the producing organizations of such Broadway shows as Hairspray, The Producers, Wicked and Fiddler on the Roof. Marist’s most active placement is with River Valley Rep Theatre, professional theatre company in summer residence at Marist. Students may choose from technical, administrative or acting internships.