Actor on stage for BC Theatre production

Theatre Major

Immerse yourself in theatre

Prepare to be captivated, challenged and inspired as you embark on a transformative journey, discovering your true artistic voice and forging lifelong connections in the thrilling realm of live performance. Discover the thrill of collaborating with fellow students, expert faculty and industry professionals as you delve into every facet of stage production – from the enchanting world of lighting to the intricate art of set design, from stepping into captivating roles to honing your directorial prowess and even crafting your own theatrical creations. The stage is set and your moment awaits.

Two actresses during performance wearing colonial clothing

What to Expect

  • Put theory into practice as you take what you learn in the classroom and apply it directly to ongoing productions.
  • Study the role of the theatre and the theatre artist in today’s society.
  • Immerse yourself in costume and set design, writing, acting, music, lighting, sound and so much more.


The theatre major incorporates both theoretical and practical application of theatrical study and theatrical practice. The major in theatre seeks to foster a sense of wonder and excitement in students and community members, while continually asking: what is the role of the theatre and theatre artist in society, whether it be campus, a city, the nation or the world?

4 theatre students performing during the production of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind by The Neo-Futurists

25 credits of core classes that focus on world theatre history, acting, improvisation, directing, voice and a theatre capstone course focused on the student’s area of concentration.

A theatre stage with dramatic red lighting

Students participating in theatre at Bridgewater College work as performers, technical theatre assistants, stage managers, assistant directors and other production positions.

Student painting part of the set for a play

Students take courses related to theatre practice and design that could include painting, introduction to visual design, videography, costumes, lighting, sound and more.

Required Courses Meet the Faculty

Interested in teaching theatre?

You can also earn a teaching endorsement in theatre arts in conjunction with the teacher education program.

The small size of Bridgewater’s theatre program allowed me to have opportunities I never would have had at a larger institution and be involved in some capacity with every production.

MaryBeth Killian ’20
MaryBeth Killian standing outside in front of a sign that says Sipe

A theatre and psychology double major at BC, MaryBeth Killian ’20 explores her passion for theatre. Read more.


Pursue careers in performance, education, directing, stage management, acting, writing, marketing, production, entrepreneurship and costume design. Graduates have gone on to graduate programs at various universities to continue studies in fine arts and drama and performance arts. Our alumni have landed in places such as Weinberg Center for the Arts, Stewart Talent Agency, Cadence Theatre Company and Gorilla Theatre Productions among others. Their career paths include:

  • Stage Technician
  • Film Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Choreographer
  • Casting Assistant
  • Screen/Play Writer
  • Copy Editor
  • Producer
  • Designer
  • Performer

Chart your path

Connect with the Center for Career Development that strives to provide students with resources to help prepare you for employment or continuing education upon graduation.

Portrait of Emma Leweke

Emma made the most of her time at Bridgewater as Vice President of
BC’s theater club The Pinion Players, President of Alpha Psi Omega
National Theatre Fraternity and repeat student at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. After graduation, Leweke signed with an acting agency in New York City and is a Voice Actor for Audiobook Creation Exchange. She studied in the Atlantic Acting School’s Conservatory program. She is working on several small films and productions with various theatre companies.

“I was taught how to believe in myself and understand my strengths and love my weaknesses. I was surrounded by people who lifted me up, and I was given the opportunity to prove myself like I’d never had before.”

Portrait of Lex Auteri

Member of several clubs including BC Otakus Community Service club,
Ballroom Dancing, Comitatus and The Pinion Players, Lex was among the first students to graduate
as a theatre major from Bridgewater. Her experience performing and studying the many facets of theater prepared her for the reality of working on a stage. She easily translated her skills to her job as a stage tech at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

I was part of the theatre minor group who fought to have a theatre major created at Bridgewater; I was also one of the first to sign up for it. Fight for what you believe in don’t let others decide for you.

Portrait of Angela Tolomei

After one theater course, Angela realized her longlived hobby was
destined to be a lifelong passion. Angela was a Pinion Player and a
Flory Honors Scholar. By turning many core courses into honors upgrades and receiving several summer research grants, she honed
skills for indepth analysis of original plays, translations and other
dramatic works. Angela was recognized four times by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her performances in Bridgewater productions. She also won a National KCACTF Award for
her performance in BC’s touring production of William Dunn’s Men on Boats.
“Throughout my time as a Bridgewater theatre major, I was given many opportunities to develop myself as both an academic and a performer.”

Two students in theatre production with one reaching out toward the audience and the other holding onto him looking concerned

Activities and Clubs

Get involved in clubs and activities that further fuels your passion for theatre.

Pinion Players, the student-run theatre organization, provides students with opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatrical production—from directing and acting to set designing and playwriting. Open to all students. Activities may include children’s theatre productions for local elementary schools, madrigal dinners and a student-directed, one-act festival.

The Eta Upsilon cast of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society, recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in the theatre program at Bridgewater College.

Previous Performances


A Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susanna Centlivre
Feb. 15-18, 2023

The Moors by Jen Silverman
Nov. 2-5, 2022

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
April 7-9, 2022

Blue Heart by Caryl Churchill
Feb. 16-19, 2022


Today is My Birthday by Susan Soon He Stanton
Oct. 27-30, 2021


Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind by The Neo-Futurists
Feb. 20-23, 2020

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2019


Almost, Maine by John Cariani
Feb. 21-24, 2019

Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus
KCACTF Regional Festival Invited Production
Montclair State University; Montclair, NJ
Jan. 17, 2019

Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus
Oct. 25-28, 2018


The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Feb. 22-25, 2018

The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Carson Kreitzer
Oct. 26-29, 2017


Woyzeck by Georg Büchner
Translated by Gregory Mosher
Feb. 23-26, 2017

The Green Bird by Carlo Gozzi
Translated by Albert Bermel and Ted Emery
Oct. 27-30, 2016


The Ugly One by Marius Von Mayenburg
Translated by Maja Zade
Feb. 25-28, 2016

The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2015


I and You by Lauren Gunderson
Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015

Agamemnon by Steven Berkoff
Nov. 6-9, 2014


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Feb. 27 – March 1, 2014


My Name is Rachel Corrie
Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie
Edited by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner
Feb. 21-24, 2013

You Lucky Girl! by Edgar Rice Burroughs
East Coast Premiere
Nov. 1-4, 2012


Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker
Feb. 23-26, 2012

A Dream Play by August Strindberg
In a New Version by Caryl Churchill
KCACTF Regional Festival Invited Production
Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Indiana, PA
Jan. 13, 2012

A Dream Play by August Strindberg
In a New Version by Caryl Churchill
Nov. 3-6, 2011


The Contrast by Royall Tyler
Feb. 24-27, 2011

Mostellaria; or The Haunted House by Plautus
Translated by Erich Segal
Nov. 4-7, 2010

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