Undergraduate Advising

Frequently asked questions in Theatre

Students can stop by the Theatre office anytime to see when the department undergraduate advisor is available to meet. Our office is located in the first floor of the Fine Arts Building in room 127. Our doors are open 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Do I need to audition to become a Theatre major?

No, you declare your major with the Department Chair and Undergraduate Advisor - Barbara Wolfe. Visit Fine Arts 123.

Do I need to be a Theatre major to be in a show?

No, all students registered for credit at Binghamton University are encouraged to audition for MainStage, Studio, InTheWorks and Open Season Shows.

How do I register for a restricted class?

GO TO THE FIRST CLASS. You must get permission from the instructor in order to register, they will provide you with a form to register. You then bring this form to Helen Perrault in the Theatre Main Office (FA - 127) and register in person during registration hours which you can find right on the form you receive from your instructor.

I missed the first class, can I still register?

Go to the class you want to register for as soon as possible. Follow the same steps as registering for a restricted class, go to the class, talk to the instructor in person, the instructor will let you know if you can get into the class or not.

Need further help?

Email us at theatre@binghamton.edu Check out more FAQs and recommended classes for new students

Click to download the undergraduate student handbook


See below for the formula of required and suggested classes for students majoring in theatre. This is in addition to the general education requirements set by Binghamton University, however some of our courses do fulfill general education requirements - so be alert! Theatre Students are required to take a minimum of 15 courses, totaling 56 credits. We’ve broken out the program into areas of A) Core Courses, B) Concentration Courses and C) Supplemental Courses.

A) CORE COURSES: (22 credits)

  1. THEA 203 Technical Production
  2. THEP 213/214/215/216 Technical Production Lab (2 credits towards Practica)
  3. THEA 306 World Dramatic Literature
  4. THEA 304 History of the Theatre
  5. THEA 309 Performance and Modern Culture
  6. One of the following:
    THEA 207 Actor Training I: Basic Processes
    THEA 225 Dance Technique I: Ballet
    THEA 226 Dance Technique I: Jazz
    THEA 227 Dance Technique I: Modern
    THEA 228 Dance Technique l: Tap
  7. One upper-level design/technical course chosen from the following courses: (4 credits)
    THEA 246 Theatrical Make-up Techniques
    THEA 340 Scene Design Workshop
    THEA 341 Stage Lighting
    THEA 342 Costume Design
    THEA 343 Costume Technology
    THEA 344 Sound Design
    THEA 346 Scene PaintinG
    THEA 347 Drafting for Theatre
    THEA 357 Stage Management
  8. and 9.  Technical Practica: (10 credits: 2 of which are THEP 213/214/215/216 Technical Production Lab)

This section is very important to new majors, do not wait to fulfill practica requirements until your Junior/Senior year. Get started right away!

Students are required to take 10 credits technical theatre practica. 6 of those 10 credits must be earned by working in the scene shop (THEP 270/370/470) and costume shop (THEP 273/373/473) or can include hanging and focusing lights. You can fulfill this requirement with the credit combination that works for you:

3 credits in both scene and costume shop
4 credits in one shop and 2 credits in the other
2 credits hanging and focusing lights, 2 credits in scene shop, 2 credits in costume shop

Performance practica are granted for participation in performance assignments, and may be used to fulfill the Concentration Course requirements. Performance practica are numbered THEP 260-266, THEP 360-366, and THEP 460-466


Specific to student's declared concentration (may NOT be taken P/F)

Acting/Directing Concentration

10. THEA 308 Intermediate Acting: Scene Study

11. THEA 310  Actor Training: Body Work

12. THEA 307 Intermediate Acting: Meisner

13. THEA 311  Actor Training: Voice Work

Dance Concentration:

10. One of THEA 225, 226, 227, 228 which has not already been taken  

11-12. Two upper-level dance courses in area of specialization (Selected from THEA 325, 326, 327, or 328)

13. THEA 322 Choreography I

Design/Tech Concentration:

10. One of THEA 246, 340, 341, 342. 343, 344, 346, 347, 357 not already taken

11. 4 credits of 300/400 level practicum as a design assistant, stage manager, assistant stage manager or assistant technical director on a mainstage production.

12-13. 8 credits of 400-level practica in student’s area of specialization (scenic, costume, lighting, sound, stage management)

**NOTE: Pass/fail grading option is not acceptable for the 13 departmental courses taken to satisfy the theatre major.


Specific to student's declared concentration (may be taken P/F)

Acting/Directing Concentration (8 credits)

14. One of the following options:

MUS 101 Introduction to Music (4 credits)
MUS 121 Music Fundamentals (2 credits) and MUS 143A Voice Lessons (2 credits)
Another music history or theory course (with approval of Undergraduate Advisor)
4 credits of a dance class

15. One of the following: (4 credits)

ENG 245 Shakespeare
ENG 420 Topics in Drama
ENG 422 Contemporary Drama
CLAS 212 Greek Drama in Translation
FREN 461 Topics in French Drama    
or other Dramatic Literature course (with approval of Undergraduate Advisor)

Dance Concentration (8 credits)

14. MUS 101 Introduction to Music or another music history (4 credits)

15. MUS 121 Music Fundamentals (2 credits) and another music course (2 credits) with approval of Undergraduate Advisor

Design/Technical Concentration (8 credits)

14. ARTS 171. Drawing I

15. ARTH 103:  Intro to Architecture or an Art History survey course (with approval of Undergraduate Advisor)

Because of the flexibility of advanced course patterns, students are able to choose the theatre subjects that best suit their interests and talents. Various samples of recommended sequences of courses are provided to help plan the student’s academic career.  Supplemental courses covering other aspects of the field such as computers, musical theatre, sound, MIDI, costumes, drama, and theatre history are also offered.

Note to Transfer Theatre Majors:
The Theater Department requires that at least 28 credits be taken in residence. Of those 28 credits, four credits of technical practica must be taken in residence. It is possible to transfer any of the core courses (including THEA 207, 208 and upper-level tech courses) into the Department of Theatre, as well as practica and courses outside the major, up to the limit prescribed above. Courses that transfer in must cover equivalent material and have similar course descriptions. A syllabus and course description may be required. Decisions about equivalency will be made by the undergraduate advisor, with the advice of the appropriate teacher for the courses considered. Dance classes must require at least 63 hours of in-class dance practice to transfer.


Undergraduate Director:
Barbara E Wolfe
Office: FA 127