theatre department

Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

uritheatredept@gmail.com401.874.5921; Box Office: 401.874.5843

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Do I have to audition for the program?
Can I double major?
How many students are in the program?
Do you have scholarships, and how do I get one?
Do you offer a major in musical theatre?
Who can audition for the plays?
Can I have more than one concentration within theatre?
What kind of job can I find after I graduate?
Are there jobs available within the department while I attend school?
Do you have a Masters program?


Do I have to audition for the program?
No. If you are a student at URI, you can be a Theatre major.


Can I double major?
You bet. You can combine a Theatre major with almost any other major at URI. You take general education courses and then follow the curriculum for each individual major. You still need 120 credits to graduate, and you will have two majors on your diploma.


How many students are in the program?
URI Theatre is a relatively small program, with 80 to 100 majors in a given year. This means a low teacher to student ratio, and lots of personalized attention for you.


Do you have scholarships, and how do I get one?
We sure do. We offer a range of scholarships, from smaller Merit Scholarships that cover books each semester, to larger ones such as the Thomas R. Pezzullo Scholarship and the General Theatre Scholarship which can offset tuition and fees. Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.


Do you offer a major in musical theatre?
Not specifically, but we do offer an option to combine a major in Acting with and a minor in Vocal Performance, in partnership with the Music department. It includes private voice lessons, courses in Basic Musicianship and Music Theory, music history classes and an opportunity to perform in choirs and operas. Visit our Academics page to learn more about the B.F.A. in Acting/Music Minor.


Who can audition for the plays?
Any URI student can audition for URI Theatre productions — you do not have to be a theatre major or minor. Preference is given to Theatre majors if we are casting a lead role, but almost all of our productions feature actors who have majors other than Theatre.


Can I have more than one concentration within theatre?
URI Theatre offers four concentrations: acting, directing, design/tech and stage/theatre management. Fifty percent of our students complete two tracks by graduation and occasionally, we have a real go-getter who finishes three in a four-year program. The choice is yours… the more expertise and experience you accrue in college, the better prepared you are to find a job in your area of interest when you graduate.


What kind of job can I find after I graduate?
URI Theatre graduates have found themselves on cruise ships in the western Caribbean and Mediterranean running sound and costumes, stage managing on Broadway, pursuing MFAs in graduate school focused on Film Production or Acting, performing with Cirque du Soleil, thriving in NYC as talent agents, and much more.


Are there jobs available within the department while I attend school?
We have salaried positions open in the Main Office, the Box Office, the Costume Shop and the Scene Shop. We also hire qualified upperclassmen to teach THE 100 Introduction to Theatre to non majors — his can make a huge difference when applying to graduate schools.


Do you have a Masters program?
Our curriculum is focused on undergraduate education only. This can serve as an advantage to our majors, since in many universities that feature graduate programs, older characters are usually played by graduate students. At URI Theatre, you will not be competing with a 30-year old grad student to play a 30-year old role.

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