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The study and analysis of theater requires an interdisciplinary approach. Students must learn about playwriting, acting, directing, design, and production, hone critical skills, delve into historical research, and practice effective communication. Students learn to put theoretical thinking into creative action by participating directly in the making of theatre. Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy introduces students to professional paths in the performing arts such as dramaturgy, play development, advocacy, and arts administration. It also prepares students for success in other fields that value interpretation, exploration, and collaboration.

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Interdisciplinary Study

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The Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy program challenges students to analyze the content of performances, as well as the contexts in which they occur. Asking students to approach theatre both as an object of scholarly study and as a process of production, the program offers training for future theatre makers, educators, critics, and scholars.

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"There is no better general preparation for a career in dramaturgy than an undergraduate liberal arts theater major; and arguably, there is no career in the professional theater that an undergraduate liberal arts theater major better prepares a student for than professional dramaturgy."

— Cary M. Mazer, "Dramaturgy in the Classroom"

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Is Dramaturgy for Me?

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Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy is right for you if you:

  • Care about the role theatre plays in society.
  • Like to ask questions and pursue answers.
  • Love the collaborative nature of the theatre process.
  • Enjoy writing and communicating ideas.

Whatever their individual jobs may be, effective dramaturgs — we can call them "theatre experts" — are linked by their abilities to analyze texts, their communication skills, and their solid understanding of theatre history and dramatic literature.


Dr. Gad Guterman
Chair, Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts

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Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.

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