The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts





The Theatre Arts Minor is structured to give students an overview of drama and theatre, in terms of history, performance, and criticism. The curriculum involves the student in both the practical and theoretical aspects of the theatre process - offering ample opportunities for students to apply their skills onstage and/or backstage.
The Theatre Arts minor facilitates enhanced creativity, time management, and communication skills that are useful in virtually any profession. Learning in the minor is enhanced by John Jay College’s proximity to Lincoln Center, New York City’s theatrical district, performing arts libraries, theatrical organizations, and concomitant internships. The Theatre Arts minor concludes with a three credit 300-level theatre course or Capstone Project chosen by the student, under the guidance of a member of the theatre faculty. This project allows the student to demonstrate and document acquired proficiency in an area of performance, production, criticism and/or scholarship.

I.  Foundation Course (Required) Credits  Semester/Year Completed Total = 3
Drama 110 Introduction to Theatre 3    
II. Theory and Practice Courses.   Credits  Semester/Year Completed Total = 6
Take TWO of the following:
Drama 115 Improvisational Theatre  3    
Drama 185 Drama in Production I 3    
Drama 213 Acting I  3    
Drama 214 Acting II  3    
Drama 233 Sociodrama I   3    
Drama 207-208 Stagecraft  3    
Drama 201 Introduction to Playwriting  3    
Drama 295 Drama in Production II  3    
SPE 209 Voice and Diction for the Professional 3    
III.  Theatre Literature, History, Criticism    Credits  Semester/Year Completed Total = 6
Take TWO of the following:      
Drama 205 Contemporary Theatre  3    
Drama 212 History of the Drama I  3    
Drama 222 History of the Drama II  3    
Drama 225 Criminal Justice in the Theatre  3    
Drama 245 Women in Theatre  3    
Drama 247 Gender on Stage and Screen  3    
Drama 217 Latina/o Theatre in the USA  3    
Drama 230 African-American Theatre 3    
IV.  Upper Level “300” Course.      Total = 3
Take ONE of the following:     
Drama 301 Directing   3    
Drama 325 Drama Techniques in Crisis Intervention  3    
Drama 309-310 Topics in Theatre 3    
       TOTAL = 18

Faculty Advisor:
A successful Theatre Arts Minor will:    
•  Know what is meant by Theatre, in particular what distinguishes it from drama and film.
•  Develop a general understanding and appreciation of major periods of theatre history and major pieces of dramatic literature with perspectives in western and non-western traditions and gender and ethnic identities.
•  Identify the characteristics of the major theatre genres, and know how each of these genres and styles have engendered distinctive forms of playwriting, acting, directing, and theatrical design.
•  Enhance critical thinking and writing skills through literary analysis of important dramatic works of classical and contemporary drama.
•  Appreciate and critically assess the theatre process. •  • 
•  Acquire the ability to analyze scripts to identify those elements that contribute to actually performing the work.
•  Apply drama-based skills in non-theatrical environments, for example business, law, criminal justice settings, healthcare, and education.
•  Acquire cultural capital through exposure to professional theatre in the NYC area.

Minor coordinator:

Professor Kathryn Wylie - Marques

Department of Communication and Theatre Arts




Seth Baumrin, Chairperson
524 West 59 Street, Room 3137N, New York, NY 10019
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