Theatre Arts & Studies (minor)

The minor in theatre arts & studies offers a comprehensive approach to the arts of acting, directing and playwriting along with the fundamentals of technical direction, play production, play analysis, theatre management, and theatre history. For those who seek careers in the arts, the acting and directing workshops, playwriting courses, and independent study opportunities provide rigorous training in acting and other theatre crafts, as well as an appreciation for and an understanding of the history of the dramatic arts, its cultural significance, and the industries it has produced. For those students not focused on a career in theatre arts, the courses offer a broader perspective, an understanding of societal traditions and culture, and an appreciation for the arts, whether theatrical, literary, musical, or visual. Located in the program’s home, the historic Merrick Barn, The Johns Hopkins University Theatre (JHUT) produces several plays each year in the Barn and in the Meyerhoff Auditorium at the Baltimore Museum of Art, which adjoins the Homewood Campus.

Academic Details

Overview of the Undergraduate Curriculum

The program of study for the minor in theatre arts & studies is interdisciplinary. Students take courses in the Writing Seminars, English, classics, film & media studies and/or German and Romance languages. A series of courses in theater history, contemporary theater and film, acting and directing, playwriting, and production and stage management is also required.

Student Stories


Remy Patrizio ’11 used funding from her Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship to write, produce and direct her play Fever Teeth, a mystical coming-of-age story. To learn more about her project, visit Arts & Sciences Magazine.


The Theatre Arts & Studies Program offers the opportunity to audition and perform for the Johns Hopkins University Theatre (JHUT). JHUT puts on 3-4 public productions per semester, which are produced and directed by professional staff members, thus giving a different learning experience, separate from the classroom.


Related Student Groups

Johns Hopkins University Theatre (JHUT)

Barnstormers Theatre Group

Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Group

Throat Culture Improv Comedy

Witness Theatre (student written and directed)

Campus & Baltimore Resources

The Hippodrome

Baltimore Theater

CenterStage Theatre

Majors & Minors Programs