Curriculum

The program’s two tracks, Theatre Educator and Theatre and Community, allow you to grow as both an artist and an educator. You have the flexibility to take courses from both.

Track 1: Theatre Educator

Prepares students to teach theatre and drama to students in public and private schools, as well as other institutional settings

Foundations: 12 credits/3 courses

  • Drama as Education I
  • Drama as Education II
  • Theatre and Community: Stories of Us

Track 2: Theatre and Community

Prepares students for theatre work in community settings

Foundations: 12 credits/3 courses

  • Theatre and Community: Stories of Us
  • Drama as Education I
  • Community Engagement from the Stage

Core Courses (Both Tracks): 12 credits/3 courses

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Playwriting/Devising
  • Dramatic Literature/Theatre History
  • Theatre Design/Technology
  • Capstone Requirement: 4 credits

○ Master’s Project or Thesis

○ Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar (Theatre Educator track only)

Sample Electives

  • Community Engagement
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Forum Theatre
  • Directing a Musical
  • Theatre for Young Audiences (Emerson was the first college to offer this course, in 1920)
  • Documentary Performance
  • Shakespeare Workshop
  • Linklater Voice and Text

Community-Based Learning

Emerson Stage

  • Graduate students can audition for productions and also potentially participate as dramaturgs and assistant/associate directors with the producing arm of the Department of Performing Arts.

Student Teaching and Observations

  • Emerson is partnered with 50+ schools where graduate students can teach, including public, private, and charter, and ranging from Pre-K through Grade 12.

Internships and Jobs

  • Students go on to intern and work at local and national community organizations and theatres such as:

○ ArtsEmerson

○ Apollinaire Theatre Company

○ Huntington Theatre Company

○ American Repertory Theater

○ Company One

○ Seattle Children’s Theatre

○ Boston Children’s Museum

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