Chair, Professor DAVID EPPEL

Professors: BUCKY, EPPEL. Assistant Professors: BEAN**, S. HAMILTON. Visiting Assistant Professor: LEPECKI. Lecturers: BROTHERS, CATALANO.

As a reflection of the theatre's historical relationship to literature and the arts, stage production is studied in the context of the literary and artistic movements which have informed theatrical endeavor. The major in Theatre emphasizes the collaborative nature of the discipline by drawing upon courses offered by faculty of the Language, Literature, Music, and Art Departments. Although students will be equipped to proceed to graduate and professional schools in theatre, the major is primarily directed toward those interested in studying the theatre as an artistic phenomenon and as an interpretive tool. Because a deep understanding of theatre requires training and experience with the synthesis on stage, the major includes curricular study of production and performance, as well as continued participation in departmental stage production.

Williamstheatre, the production arm of the Department of Theatre, operates under the supervision of the departmental faculty. Major departmental productions as well as laboratory and experimental productions of all kinds are mounted on both the MainStage of the Adams Memorial Theatre, and the DownStage Theatre. Participation in acting or technical work is open to all members of the Williams College community. Students majoring in Theatre will be asked to consult regularly with departmental advisors in devising the sequence of courses and production participation that will constitute their major.

The course numbering system for the Department of Theatre follows the numbering system of the College as a whole with two exceptions. Theatre 101, Plays, Directors, Theories, and Theatre 102, Introduction to Technical Theatre, are limited in their enrollment to first-year students and sophomores except in special cases by permission of the instructor. The reason for this departure is to keep these courses to a manageable size so that they can continue in their present format as both lecture and laboratory.


  1. Theatre 101 Plays, Directors, Theories
  2. Theatre 102 Introduction to Technical Theatre
  3. Theatre 201 The Design Response
  4. Theatre 203 Interpretation and Performance I
  5. Theatre 301 Junior Seminar in Dramaturgy
  6. Theatre 401 Seminar for Senior Majors
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  8. One course from Theatre 311-321 Studies in Dramatic Literature
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  10. Two courses from:
  11. Theatre 204 Interpretation and Performance II
  12. Theatre 210 Multicultural Performance
  13. Theatre 211 Topics in African-American Performance: Theatre, Film, and Dance of the Harlem Renaissance
  14. Theatre 213T Paul Robeson: Visible Man
  15. Theatre 302 Scenic Design
  16. Theatre 303 Stage Lighting
  17. Theatre 305 Costume Design
  18. Theatre 306 Advanced Acting
  19. Theatre 307 Stage Direction
  20. Theatre 308 Directing Workshop
  21. Theatre 322T Performance Criticism
  22. Theatre 323 Theatre of Images
  23. Theatre 324 Theatre for the Ear: Telling Stories Through Sound
  24. Theatre 397, 398 Independent Study

The department strongly recommends that students elect additional collateral courses in dramatic literature taught by the English and modern language departments, and courses in opera taught by the Music Department. Students with an interest in theatre design should particularly elect Art Studio courses in drawing.

Production requirement for the major: All majors in Theatre are required to participate in a minimum of eight productions in addition to the laboratory requirement for Theatre 102. Participation in at least three of the eight must be in technical production, and one must be in stage management. Assignment to productions is normally made in consultation with the department.

Theatre majors are strongly urged to include dance and fencing in fulfilling their Physical Education requirements.


The department will consider students for the honors degree who have shown exemplary achievement in their academic endeavors as well as in their activities in theatrical productions.

Students who intend to apply for the degree with honors must present an oral, preliminary proposal to the Honors Committee of the Theatre Department by the middle of October in their junior year. This presentation should be accompanied by a proposal for a specific course cluster, which would form part of the honors process, and would consist of: two elective courses outside the Theatre Department, clearly related to the execution of a thesis or a project in directing, performance, design, or writing for the theatre, and completion of the project in Theatre 491 or 492 or the thesis in Theatre 493 or 494. A winter study project (W030 or W031 may be taken to augment the work completed in one of these Theatre courses, but it is not required. Each honors project will be assessed by the Theatre Department Honors Committee, and overseen by one of its members.
Courses elected in fulfillment of the honors program are not applicable to the normal major requirement.

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The Department of Theatre is affiliated with the National Theatre Institute, which offers additional theatre study through its resident semester program. The Institute is fully accredited by Connecticut College and is a member of the Twelve-College Exchange. Limited numbers of Williams students can therefore be selected to take a full semester of intensive theatre study at the NTI, located at the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theatre Centre in Waterford, Connecticut. During the semester, students from participating colleges live and work as members of a theatre company gaining experience with professional theatre artists in a workshop environment. Early application is essential.