The Theater Department at Mason Gross School For the Arts provides students with an in-depth and highly demanding program for those serious about pursuing a career in theater practice.
The training consists of a rigorous core curriculum, intensive studio classes, and fully supported productions. This combination of activities is designed to give our students a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of their craft.
Each year the faculty recruits actors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, and theater technicians to join the Rutgers Resident Company. For the next seven semesters, this special group of young artists will be guided by master teachers and invited professionals in the art, technique and practices of theater.
Students will study, perform, design and build seven to 10 productions that are tailored to their particular skills and needs. These productions are presented in a number of venues that include a thrust stage, a Broadway-size proscenium, and a variety of unique theater spaces that affords the company an opportunity to experience the special connection between the project demands and the venues appropriate to the material.
The fully equipped shops construct and maintain scenery, props, and costumes, as well as providing sound and lighting support.
The Jameson and Little Theater venues explore modern or developed plays, while the Levin and Mastrobuono theaters are equipped to produce the larger classics.
In addition, students in the acting and design programs will have the unique opportunity to spend their third year abroad at the Globe Theatre in London immersed in Shakespeare text and performing on the Globe stage.
Rutgers is committed to connecting our students to the professional world by providing them with showcase opportunities, camera and voice-over training and intensive workshops on practical business practices. And, in a rare example of collaboration, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick’s esteemed regional theater, and Mason Gross School for the Arts are collaborating on an annual basis to produce a production of an American classic that will provide our most talented students an immediate connection to the professional theater.