5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Majoring in Theatre

No, none of them have to do with my future salary.

Nicole Kenney

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Last spring, I officially graduated with my undergraduate degrees Cum Laude. Hooray!!

The time of putting the blood, sweat, and tears into four years of college has finally paid off and I received my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Performance Concentration. Additionally, I picked up a second major in Communications and received my Bachelor's in that as well.

And before you go off in the responses about why studying theatre may have been a “waste of time and money” I have absolutely no regrets about pursuing it. This was actually something I’ve wanted to pursue since middle school.

But with having this dream for so long came a lot of expectations I started creating. How it ended up being is not at all what I imagined.

That being said, I wanted to share all of the things I wish someone had told me before going to college to study theatre. Truly, there is no other major or program quite like it.

Disclaimer: All of these points are specific to my personal experience with the program I enrolled in. Every college is different and has its own set of standards when it comes to getting a specific degree.

1. It’s Very Similar to Being an English Major

This was, by my own closemindedness, by far the number one thing I did not expect. When it came to the coursework my peers and I went through, there was a shit ton of reading and writing.

I had a handful of semesters where I had to read 3 to 4 plays a week across my entire class schedule. Typically, that was the prerequisite to a weekly essay, Socratic seminar, or other homework assignments.

Better yet, if I wasn’t reading plays for a written assignment then it was for a performance. Depending on the discipline, theatre majors often have to spend extended amounts of time reading plays in order to pull out monologues and scenes for visual presentations and auditions.

2. You Will Always Be Working On a Team or With a Group

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