B.S., State University of New York; M.F.A., Illinois State University,
B.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, 1972; M.F.A., University of California, Davis, 1974
B.S., State University of New York; M.F.A., Illinois State University,
B.S., University of Colorado, 1969; M.S., 1974; Ph.D., New York University, 1979
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1991; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 2002
B.F.A., Ohio University; 1975, M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1993
M.F.A., University of Fine Arts (Bucharest, Romania), 1960
B.F.A., Boston University College of Fine Arts, 1982; M.F.A. Boston University College of Fine Arts, 1986
B.A., Tufts University, 1996; M.F.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997; M.F.A., University of Delaware, Professional Training Program, 2007
William T. Brown
B.A., Howard University, 1951; M.A., Western Reserve University, 1954
B.A., Cornell University, 1962; M.F.A., New York University, 1969
Interests: Directing, acting, dramatic literature
Shelley Steffens Joyce
B.A., Western Illinois University, 1973; M.A., 1975
B.A., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, 1985; M.F.A., The Catholic University of America, 1989; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
B.F.A., Brigham Young University, 2001; M.F.A., University of Nevada, 2009
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2001; M.F.A., George Washington University, 2006
Emeritus Associate Staff
B.A., Auburn University, 1972; M.A. Humboldt State University, 1976; M.F.A., Humboldt State University, 1980
Courses in this program are listed under THTR .
UMBC’s innovative Theatre Program emphasizes the integration of research and performance. The department provides students a liberal arts education through the study of theatre. The curriculum offers students an in-depth understanding of their chosen theatrical specialty and an equally expansive knowledge of dramatic history, theory and literature. Students come to appreciate dramatic works for their historical and social values, as well as for their artistry.
All theatre students are required to take core courses that serve as an intellectual and practical foundation for the more advanced, specialized classes in the department. The synthesis of all aspects of theatre study is through the conceptualization, rehearsal, construction, and performance of the dramatic text. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to apply their understanding of their course work through hands-on participation in main stage, laboratory, and student-directed or student-designed productions.
Options of Study
The Department of Theatre offers three major degree options. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Studies is designed for theatre majors interested in multiple areas of theatre practice. Those pursuing the BA in Theatre Studies produce traditional theatre and devise new works by serving as directors, dramaturges, designers, performers and playwrights in an ensemble-based training. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Design & Production is offered to theatre majors who focus on one or more of the following technical areas: set design, set construction, lighting design, sound design, costume design, costume construction, and stage management. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting is designed for theatre majors who are interested in an intensive performance-focused program. All three major degree options are designed to position the student for successful pursuit of graduate study and/or careers in professional theatre.
Students interested in theatre study along with another academic discipline pursuit may choose a second major in conjunction with the BA in Theatre Studies degree or may select a Theatre Studies Minor.
Career and Academic Paths
Graduates of the program are regularly admitted to the Nation’s top conservatories and graduate programs. Alumni also are working in every aspect of professional theatre, film, and television. Professional theatre is only one of the areas in which graduates distinguish themselves. Many graduates use the strong liberal arts background, interpersonal, and organizational skills gained in the theatre curriculum to go on to successful careers in business, government, law education (at all levels), and human services.
Upon entering the theatre program, each student is assigned a theatre faculty advisor. The faculty advisor meets with the student during the semester to provide guidance about theatre and university curricula and course scheduling, and is available for informal conversations about the student’s experiences, concerns, and progress. Transfer students who plan to be majors must confer with a Department advisor before enrolling in any theatre courses.
The theatre department has been an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. UMBC productions have received numerous Awards for Excellence in Theatre Production and have been selected to be performed at the regional festivals and at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The regional festival allows student cast and crew members to attend workshops to interact with students from other universities and to participate in competitions in acting, all facets of design, stage management and dramaturgy. Theatre students also become involved in a range of activities on and off campus. Students can participate in TheatreCOM, the Department’s student organization, and/or Music Theatre Club, both of which produce theatrical productions each year. Students have toured productions to local high schools, lead workshops for area school children and performed projects in political theatre. How much is done depends upon the students’ creativity and innovation.
Internships & Study Abroad
Students have the opportunity to undertake Internships as part of their study, during summers, and following graduation at professional theatres in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Students interested in Study Abroad should meet with their faculty advisors in advance of their study to properly plan for their time abroad. The Department recommends that students interested in Study Abroad plan to do so during the Fall semester of their Junior Year.
There are a number of merit-based scholarship awards available to theatre students entering the department and during matriculation. The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is for incoming freshmen who show high artistic and intellectual ability and who seek to develop their creative talents in the context of a strong liberal arts education. The Fine Arts Scholarship is offered to talented incoming freshmen intending to major in theatre. Additional Theatre Department Scholarships are available to all Theatre majors who have participated in the program for a minimum of two semesters. Students interested in scholarship opportunities can find out more information from the Department’s website at www.umbc.edu/theatre.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of Fine ArtsNon-Degree