Major and Minor in Theater

Students who started at the College in Spring 2015 or earlier have a different set of requirements, located in the left sidebar.

The requirements for the theater major and minor are designed to give our students a roughly equal balance between the three main areas of study within the theater discipline: 1) acting/writing/directing, 2) theater history/dramaturgy, and 3) technical theater/stagecraft. The following table is designed to give a sense of theme progressions within the major. For specific requirements of the major and minor, see below. 

Theme Progressions within the Theater Major












200, 260


480, 492, 494

Major in Theater

At least 10 credits

  • Theater 120: Acting I: Being on Stage
  • Theater 160: Stagecraft for Stage and Screen
  • Theater 200: Production Practicum – 4 semesters for 1/4 credit each (see Course Descriptions for more information)
  • Theater 230: World Performance I
  • Theater 231: World Performance II
  • Theater 260: Design for the Stage
  • Theater 370: Playwriting  OR Theater 375: Directing
  • 1 additional course at the 200-level
  • 1 additional course at the 300-level

The Senior Studies Requirement can be met in one of the following ways:

  • Theater 480: Senior Seminar (offered every other year)
  • Theater 492: Senior Project
  • Theater 494: Senior Thesis

Minor in Theater

At least 6 credits

  • Theater 120: Acting I: Being Onstage
  • Theater 160: Stagecraft for Stage and Screen
  • Theater 230: World Performance I
  • Theater 231: World Performance II
  • 1 additional course at the 200-level
  • 1 additional course at the 300-level

The mission of the Theater Department at Lake Forest College is to develop scholars, artists, and audiences of the performing arts, by integrating traditional undergraduate coursework with experiential learning in productions and internships. We are experienced teachers, practicing artists, engaged scholars, and promising students who express ourselves through both scholarship and performance.  We offer classroom instruction that is both theoretical and practical. We mount productions of classical and contemporary drama that complement the academic curriculum. We use the theater of Chicago as a resource. We encourage serious students of theater to develop skills in multiple areas, styles, and techniques. We support students in their efforts to realize their own creative vision. We provide opportunities for all members of the campus community to develop as scholars, artists, and audiences.


  • We believe that artistic expression can be taught and should be joined with scholarship and criticism, and that the products of artistic expression are necessary to a vibrant culture.
  • We believe that making and experiencing performance offers opportunities to reflect on what it means to be human.
  • We believe that the history of theater is a mirror of culture and society throughout the ages.
  • We believe that theater is always socially and politically relevant, because it speaks of the world that made it and speaks to the world that sees it.
  • We believe that making performance requires vision, knowledge, and discipline, and that practicing our art is an ideal model of experiential learning in the context of a liberal arts education.
  • We believe that theater as an academic field is interdisciplinary, and that as an artistic practice, it is collaborative.  We believe that all who engage with theater as scholars, artists, or audiences learn to appreciate the coexistence of multiple ways of knowing and the complexities of bringing different perspectives together into productive collaboration.