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The University of Bridgeport’s School of Arts and Sciences offers all undergraduate students the opportunity to minor in Theatre Arts. Students will hone their skills in acting, stagecraft, production, and more while cultivating poise, confidence, presentation skills, and public speaking ability. Ongoing relationships with several nearby regional professional theatres and UB’s close proximity to New York City offer great opportunities for motivated students.

Students pursuing the Theatre Arts minor will make the most of the performing arts facilities within the Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC), including spacious teaching/rehearsal spaces and the 938-seat André and Clara Mertens Theatre. The theatre boasts a full fly space, full orchestra pit, dressing rooms, and adjacent scene shop, as well as recently updated air conditioning, lighting, and rigging systems. Visit our Performances page for a list of upcoming concerts and theatrical events.

Students wishing to minor in theatre must complete at least 18 credits drawn from THA, MUSC, MSED and ENGL courses, as approved by a departmental advisor. We encourage students to take at least one course in each of the following four areas:

  • Acting, scene study, movement, and voice
  • Dramatic literature
  • Stagecraft and theatre technology
  • Participation in a mainstage production

Theatre classes are offered in rotation and include:

THA 103 Introduction to theatre Arts

The art of the theatre: its literature, structure and aesthetics. Explanation of how each of the elements of theatre – acting, directing, design, playwriting, dramaturgy, and theatre spaces – contribute to the creation of the total production.
3 credits

THA 133 Fundamentals of Acting

Basic acting techniques, the use of the stage environment, motivation, and intention.
3 credits

THA 135 Intermediate Acting

Intermediate acting techniques, the use of the stage environment, scene study and analysis, motivation, intention and character work.
3 credits

THA 233 Scene Study

The creative process by which an actor constructs an interpretation are studied in theory and pursued in practice with heavy emphasis on scene work.
3 credits

THA 107 Movement for theatre I

Basics of movement for the stage, focusing on posture, flexibility and strength.
3 credits

THA 115 Stagecraft I

Introduction to the theory, techniques, materials and equipment of theatre technology. Emphasis on set construction, scenery rigging, lighting, sound and costume construction.
3 credits  

THA 215 Applied Theatre Production

Students will carry out an assigned cast, crew or staff function in a University of Bridgeport mainstage production.
3 credits

THA 299 Special Topics

Previous topics have included American Musical Theatre, Acting for Singers, and Audition Techniques.

For more information, call (203) 576-4407, or email



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