Mount Holyoke’s theatre arts faculty teach introductory through advanced courses in performance and directing, playwriting, all aspects of design and technical theatre, and history/theory.

Some courses require a student’s participation in a preparation or running crew on a major production on one of the Five College campuses.

Auditions for MHC productions are open to all students from the Five Colleges.

First-Year Students

The Theatre Arts department offers numerous courses for first-year students. Whether you have prior experience working in theatre or are brand new to the field, you will find a welcoming environment and a class that is right for you.

Every year we offer introductory courses in the fundamentals of acting, design, costume construction, and technical theatre, as well as a first-year seminar with a focus on performance and the liberal arts. These courses are both fun and challenging. Many of them are prerequisites for intermediate and advanced work in theatre, and most satisfy the college’s humanities distribution requirement. If you are enthusiastic (or even just curious) about theatre, please do consider taking one of our first-year courses.

First year students may also audition to act in department plays or serve on artistic and production teams for mainstage shows. Participation in these activities is considered classwork, and students receive practicum credit through the department for their involvement.

Finally, we hope that you will become a regular audience member at Rooke Theatre. All students receive free tickets to opening night performances and are invited to our famous after-parties, where students, faculty, and staff mingle and enjoy food and drink with the cast and crew.

Here is our line-up of first-year courses for 2014-15:

Fall 2014

  • 100, Intro to Theatre
  • 120, Costume Construction
  • 180, Introduction to Technical Theatre

Spring 2015

  • 105, Acting I
  • 122, Intro to Scenic Design I
  • 126, Introduction to Lighting Design

Full descriptions for these courses (and all others) are available in the course catalogue. We look forward to seeing you at Rooke!

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