Students are encouraged to discover and develop their own voice and style in theatre arts. NCC's theatre program allows students to apply their skills in production settings, with public performances in the College's two theatres or in non-traditional spaces throughout the Lehigh Valley.
The curriculum for acting/directing, design/technical and theatre education majors closely integrates performance and academics. The coursework intertwines the practical application of theatre arts and electives that will provide a solid foundation and ready students for transfer.
Performance opportunities include four major productions each season in the 350-seat Lipkin Theatre and the 100-seat Norman R. Roberts Lab Theatre. Other highlights of a program that provides students with a well-rounded theatre education include a fall tour at NCC's campuses, summer performances for new student orientation, trips to professional city theatres, specialized workshops, and student-directed plays.
The curriculum is designed to parallel the courses and experiences found in the first two years of a B.A. Theatre degree while providing the students opportunities to explore the various concentrations available in theatre arts.
Northampton graduates have transferred to a wide range of four-year institutions, including Temple University, DeSales University, Cedar Crest College, Albright College, Brooklyn College, University of Iowa, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and University of Connecticut.
The career options that exist for theatre majors are quite extensive. They range from professional actors and actresses to playwrights, directors, stage managers, theatre educators, arts administrators, scenic designers, and other production support specialists. The study of theatre equips students with a broad range of communication and organizational skills that would be applicable to many of these careers, but as with any performing arts career, careers in theatre are highly competitive.
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