The Mount Holyoke Department of Theatre Arts brings together artists, scholars and practitioners in a flexible curriculum designed to:
- provide a strong liberal arts foundation, preparing students for advanced study and professional work in theatre and performance;
- train students to think critically and globally and to collaborate with others in a diverse environment;
- foster creativity through intensive study and practice and instill leadership skills as students take on key roles in acting, directing, design, technical theatre and stage management;
- cultivate and engage an audience as writers, performers, designers and directors.
In addition to the general major in Theatre Arts, the department offers three areas of specialization — Acting/Directing, Design/Technical Theatre, and Theatre Histories and Theory — facilitating the choice of path best suited to student interests and career goals. The department encourages interdisciplinary work, linking the study of and work in performance to other fields, ranging from English through Psychology and Education, to Dance, Anthropology, Film Studies, Music, and Gender Studies, among others. Theatre Arts students enjoy the advantage of Five College department offerings and productions—an expansive range of opportunities in coursework and practical experience.