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At Duke, there is a wide variety of ways to get involved with theater and performance. Whether it be through a major or minor, theatrical productions, improvisation groups, or sketch comedy, Duke provides many venues for students to fill their theatrical desires. 

Duke's educational approach combines respect for history with immersion in contemporary issues, and intellectual engagement with creative expression. You can major or minor in Theater Studies, and courses and productions are open to all Duke undergraduates. Our courses are designed to encourage you to solve problems in collaboration with others, to develop skills in critical thinking, and to communicate effectively with language, physical expression, and visual images. This focus on the development of artistic and intellectual skills, through study and production experience, helps prepare you for careers in the professional theater and in a variety of other fields.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Combination of production experience and academic coursework in dramatic literature and theater arts

  • Opportunity to write plays

  • Intimate, small classes with scholars in dramatic literature, theory, theater history, dramaturgy, and performance studies and theater professionals in acting, administration, design, directing, and playwriting

  • Numerous visiting artists and playwright-in-residence programs that connect you with theater professionals

  • Theater-focused global education programs to help launch your careers


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academic program

> Theater Studies Main Stage Productions

Every year the department produces two mainstage plays under the direction of a member of the Theater Studies faculty or a guest professional. Students may participate in the production for course credit, during which time they analyze, research, rehearse, and present the play.​ 

Open auditions for CITIZEN, AN AMERICAN LYRIC, directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell. Learn more here or sign up for an audition here (Aug 20-26).

> Duke-In London 

Over the six-week period, you'll experience intensive study of drama and performance through coursework, live performances, expert-facilitated discussions, and participatory scene work. You'll live in a residence hall at University College London (UCL) in central London and take courses taught in collaboration with a distinguished group of British theater practitioners and scholars. 



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