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Theatre Studies

A major in Theatre Studies at Waikato is a rich and challenging pathway to an arts degree with a wide range of vocational applications. Explore performance, and learn about the evolution of theatre and the creation of performance works.

Taila Burton

Bachelor of Arts
Taila Burton is studying for a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Screen & Media Studies and Theatre Studies. The former Aquinas College student from Tauranga has always loved singing and has been part of school choirs since primary school.


Caleb Coffey

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business Analysis
Caleb Coffey will be undertaking his final year of Theatre Studies as part of a BA/BBA(Fin) conjoint. Caleb relishes in bringing a character to life and it’s this aspect of theatre that he enjoys most.


Jenna Hudson

Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Teaching
Growing up in a house with no siblings, Jenna Hudson was a self-proclaimed drama queen and attention seeker. “I had to make my own entertainment so I would create my own radio stations with different voices by recording songs onto cassettes and recording voice overs to introduce them.”


Whetu Silver

Bachelor of Arts with Honours
Whetu reckons she has “the coolest job in town”. As the Youth Arts Coordinator for Auckland Theatre Company (ATC), she is in charge of running their education and youth programme.


Brendan Theodore

Bachelor of Arts
With a passion for theatre and film from a young age, the decision to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts came naturally to theatre enthusiast Brendan Theodore.


Waikato's Theatre Studies programme takes a theory-through-practice approach to teaching and learning the art of theatre. We take the live encounter of a theatre performance as our starting point, encouraging you to explore and extend your own dramatic practice.

Many papers in the programme provide opportunities for the practical study of performance, while others examine the theories that have shaped and informed theatre over the ages. Two papers have public performances at their core, with the study process mirroring the creative process of page-to-stage, or idea-to-stage, that results in the performance. You'll learn about, and potentially add to, New Zealand's rich array of theatrical forms, established and traditional, and new and experimental.

Practical tutorials, seminars and rehearsals take place the theatre laboratory space, the New Place Theatre/Te Tapere Hou, and the Playhouse Theatre within the University's purpose-built Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, which is also the venue for public performances.

Careers for Theatre Studies graduates include employment within community and professional theatres, local arts councils, schools, film production companies, and arts agencies such as Creative New Zealand and New Zealand On Air.

 Career opportunities

  • Actor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Technician

100 level

Indigenous Social Science ResearchARTSC10115.0 Points
Arts Affects<>EffectsARTSC10215.0 Points
Rights and ReasonsARTSC10315.0 Points
Undergraduate Research Writing for ESL StudentsARTSC10415.0 Points
Old Worlds - New WorldsARTSC11015.0 Points
Social Science Theory and ActionARTSC11115.0 Points
Dance, Movement and CultureDANCE10115.0 Points
AdaptationsENGLI10115.0 Points
International Languages and CulturesINTLC10115.0 Points
On Stage: Staging TheatreTHSTS10115.0 Points

200 level

Shakespeare's WorldsENGLI20215.0 Points
Music TheatreMUSIC22615.0 Points
Theatre WorkshopTHSTS20215.0 Points
Stage Performance: Techniques for Actors and PerformersTHSTS21215.0 Points
Exploring the Physical in TheatreTHSTS26015.0 Points

300 level

Social Practices and Creative Technologies: AdvancedCRPC30020.0 Points
Performing DanceSPLS30820.0 Points
Theatre WorkshopTHST30220.0 Points
Special TopicTHST36020.0 Points
Directed StudyTHST39020.0 Points
Play ProductionTHSTS30130.0 Points
Creating TheatreTHSTS30830.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(TheatSt) and GradDip(TheatSt)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Theatre Studies at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(TheatSt), PGDip(TheatSt), BA(Hons) and MA

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Theatre Studies papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in the best three of their 300 level Theatre Studies papers. Honours students will be required to complete a minimum of 90 points from THST coded papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally THST591) and at least 60 points from THST coded papers listed for Theatre Studies. The following papers are considered complementary to the Theatre Studies BA(Hons) programme: ENGL502 and MUSI502.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Theatre Studies, a student should have completed either:

a) a BA with a major in Theatre Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ grade average either in the best three of their 300 level Theatre Studies papers or all of their undergraduate Theatre Studies papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA in Theatre Studies vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

Directing for TheatreTHST54460.0 Points
Theatre Anthropology: The Art of the PerformerTHST54530.0 Points
Laboratory TheatreTHST54630.0 Points
Special Topic: Applied TheatreTHST56030.0 Points
Special TopicTHST56130.0 Points
Directed StudyTHST59030.0 Points
DissertationTHST59130.0 Points
DissertationTHST59260.0 Points
Theatre Studies ThesisTHST59390.0 Points
Theatre Studies ThesisTHST594120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Theatre Studies MPhil ThesisTHST800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Theatre Studies is available as a major for the BA. Theatre Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Theatre Studies, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Theatre Studies, including at least 60 points above 200 level. CRPC200, ENGL202, MUSI226, SPLS214, CRPC300, and SPLS308 may be counted towards a major in Theatre Studies.

Note: Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level, including 45 points in any subject(s) and 15 points in Theatre Studies papers before enrolling in Theatre Studies papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Theatre Studies papers above 200 level.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.

Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4922
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: thst-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: thst-grad@waikato.ac.nz