Courses for First Year Students
All courses offered by the Barnard Theatre Department are open to all Barnard, Columbia, and General Studies undergraduates.
First-Year Students are encouraged to consider the following:
- THTR UN3150 Western Theatre Traditions: Classic to Romantic
Mondays/Wednesdays 10:10am to 11:25am
All majors are required to take this course at some point to fulfill the History requirement.
- THTR UN3154 Theatre Traditional Global Context
Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:10pm to 1:25pm
This course fulfills the "Global Theatre" major requirement.
For First-Year Students looking for an introductory acting class, please consider taking the Acting I:
- THTR UN3004 Acting I
Acting I is required first acting course for all students; we will likely have at least one section reserved for only first-year students.
Students who have taken Acting I, or another acting class at Barnard, or another college-level acting class (transfer students) should consider the Acting II sections.
Auditions will take place Thursday, September 9th.
The fall productions are By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage, directed by Alice Reagan, and Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Ran Xia. Students who get cast must enroll in the Drama & Theatre Arts course "Practicum Performance" as participating in the productions is a curricular activity undertaken for course credit.
Auditions for the Barnard Theatre Department's fall 2021 productions will take place the first day of classes, Thursday, September 9th; callbacks will be posted late Thursday evening and will be held Friday evening September 10th. All information for signing up for classes, and for auditioning for shows, is HERE. For all shows, there will be opportunities for actors who are living on or near campus, and for those students who will be remote in fall 2021.
Auditioners will audition for stage productions (above) and acting classes at once. Everyone needs a 1-minute monologue. If you are auditioning for Acting the Song (spring) or Acting the Musical Scene (fall) or Advanced Acting: Sondheim (spring or fall when offered), you need to sing a cappella 1 minute, roughly 16 bars. You will be able to get your note from a piano.
(No students will be admitted to acting classes without an audition during the audition period. If you do not audition, you will not be placed in an acting class.)
For full details on the auditions process, please see our Auditions page.
Students interested in working on backstage crews should contact Greg Winkler (our Technical Director) or Mike Banta (our Production Manager). Please note that the production offices are often closed during the summer and resume operations in late August.
For assistance in planning which courses to take in the Theatre/Drama & Theatre Arts major, we recommend that you make an appointment with one of our academic advisers. All full-time faculty members in the Department of Theatre serve as advisers:
- Lecturer Gisela Cardenas
- Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Sandra Goldmark
- Assistant Professor Paige Johnson
- Lecturer Shayoni Mitra
- Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Alice Reagan
- Assistant Professor Hana Worthen
- Professor and Chair, W. B. Worthen
These faculty also advise first- and second-year students as well. To make an appointment, simply email the professor directly and request an appointment.
General Rule: Attend the First Day of Class
Simply enrolling in a Theatre course is not enough to secure a place on the roster. The general rule for all Theatre Department courses (besides acting courses, which have a separate process outlined above) is that students should attend the first class meeting. If the course is over-enrolled, the instructor will determine a method for deciding which students get priority, and only those students present on the first day will be considered.
Feel free to email email@example.com with your questions and concerns. (Please note that the Department is closed during the summer months and will resume operations in late August.)