The drama minor at Berklee has at its foundation the belief that theater is best understood when performed. Students balance course work in theory, history, writing, and literature with course work in the applied arts of theatrical performance. The minor provides an opportunity for students to study dramatic literature, to write scripts, and to practice theatrical arts-to write, act, perform, direct, and produce plays and musicals. Students explore theater's history and rich literature. They explore theater as a global art embodying diverse cultures and traditions. In addition, they develop their skills in writing dramatic works and in acting, as well as skills in dance, design, and production. Through the minor, students synthesize the interdisciplinary nature of theatrical creation and performance.

Entrance Requirements

LENG-111 and LENG-211

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a minor in drama, students will:

  1. Synthesize and integrate knowledge of dramatic structure, history, production, and performance;
  2. Evaluate themes and trends in drama, theater, and musical theater;
  3. Understand key terminology in the dramatic arts;
  4. Compose written and oral communications appropriate to the study of the dramatic arts;
  5. Apply critical thinking and practical reasoning to the study of drama, theater, and musical theater; and
  6. Synthesize the interdisciplinary nature of theatrical creation and performance.
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10-12 credits required for the minor (4 courses)

Required course:

  • LENG-321: Modern Drama and Film

Choose two courses from the following list:

  • LENG-325: Theater Workshop LENG-336: Scriptwriting for Theater, TV and Film
  • LENG-P401: Scene Study Workshop LENG-424: Advanced Theater Scriptwriting Workshop
  • LENG-425: Advanced Theater Production Workshop

Choose one course from the following list:

  • CW-P257: Musical Theater Arranging and Orchestration
  • ENCL-404: Broadway Theater Orchestra
  • ENVC-370: Musical Theater Ensemble
  • ENVC-470: Musical Theater Chorus
  • ILVC-151: Acting Skills for the Vocalist
  • PSVC-161: The Professional Vocal Audition Workshop
  • PST-385: Elements of Theater Production
  • SW-345: Musical Theater Writing 1
  • SW-445: Musical Theater Writing 2 
Assessment Evidence

1. Participation in an end of year/semester performance

2. Active in-class participation

3. Use of correct terminology in written or oral work

4. A script or song written individually or co-written by student

5. Written or oral feedback at the end of the year/semester

6. Full participation in all aspects of theater experience, be it writing/production/performance