About Our Drama Program

Bring joy, laughter, and even tears to audiences with your messages.

THE SEATTLE AREA is the third largest for stage and theatre performances in the nation (after New York and Chicago). Northwest University students who choose to study drama are in one of the most vibrant theatre cultures anywhere. Our small enrollment mean that you will be able to act.

Currently Drama is offered as a concentration of the Communication Program. More information about the Communication Major can be found by clicking here.

Students majoring in Communication with a Concentration in Drama will develop competence in communication with a focus in the dramatic arts. Such competence includes familiarization with various communication theories and practice with dramatic literature, theory, and history.

The focus of the Drama Concentration at Northwest is on the craft of acting. Within this focus students come to appreciate human experience as presented in dramatic literature, with critique or analysis from a Christian aesthetic or world view.

Students pursuing this major achieve a broad-based liberal arts education, with emphases in Communication and Drama, and so learn invaluable personal and social skills – from self-discipline and confidence in public communication to risk-taking and group endeavor. Competence in Communication with a Concentration in Drama helps prepare students not only for graduate school, law school, or seminary, but also for a variety of career areas including ht performing arts, education, and the ministry.

In addition to achieving the goals of the University, completing the Communication major with a Concentration in Drama enables students to:

  • Read and reflect upon masterpieces of dramatic literature;
  • Relate significant theories of theatre criticism to plays studied;
  • Articulate salient features and figures of theatre history;
  • Use the human voice effectively on stage;
  • Demonstrate onstage and offstage skills related to drama production;
  • Cooperate with others in a creative endeavor.

DRAMA ————————————————————————————————————– 28
DRAM 2113 Principles of Acting …………………………………………………….. 3
DRAM 2312 Voice and Movement …………………………………………………. 2
DRAM 2332 Offstage Practicum ……………………………………………………… 2
DRAM 2442 Onstage Practicum ……………………………………………………… 2
DRAM 3663 Playscript Analysis—————————————————-3
DRAM 4333 Theatre History and Dramaturgy …………………………………… 3

DRAM 3213 Shakespeare…………………………………………………………………… 3

Choose one of the following …………………………………………………………………… 3
DRAM 3343 Major Filmmakers
DRAM 3353 International Film

 Choose one of the following …………………………………………………………………… 2
DRAM 4132 Play Directing
DRAM 4602 Senior Drama Project

Any 3 credits from the following …………………………………………………………….. 3
DRAM 37×1-3 Applied Acting Lessons (max of 3 credits)
DRAM 2332 Offstage Practicum
DRAM 2442 Onstage Practicum
DRAM 37×3 Special Topic (2-3)
DRAM 4xx2 Internship