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What You Learn

You benefit from a comprehensive liberal arts education while also receiving practical training that will prepare you to launch your career.

  • Perform, direct and manage theatrical productions in the classroom and on stage
  • Design scenery, lighting, costumes, and sound to establish the world of the play
  • Work with Kean’s Equity theatre company in residence, Premiere Stages
  • Experience the best professional performances in the world, a short train ride away in New York City.
  • Explore the literature and historical traditions of the art of theatre, while expanding research and analytical skills
  • Develop the ability to think critically and creatively while working collaboratively and meeting deadlines
  • Hone communication and presentational skills both on stage and behind the scenes

You can also minor in dance and a get a solid foundation in modern, jazz and ballet techniques and theory.

Faculty:
E Choate
Joshua Langman
David Barber
Karen Hart
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Program Options:

B.A. in Theatre

BFA in Theatre Performance

BFA in Theatre Design and Technology

After my time at UCVTS, and attending Kean during my senior year, I decided to continue my undergraduate education here, studying theatre. I'm so glad that I stayed here, as the staff, education, and overall atmosphere of Kean are truly wonderful!"

Melody Stubbs
BFA Performance Major
Melody Stubbs

The Classroom and Beyond

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

Kean Theatre Conservatory provided me with countless opportunities to strengthen my craft as an educator, performer, administrator, and above all, artist. Through advanced networking and training with industry professionals, the Conservatory provided me with all of the tools necessary to become a well-rounded and versatile individual. It is because of this training that I will be able to confidently teach the next generation of artists."

Melissa Calicchio '21
Theatre Educator
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Featured News

Kean University Student Shines on Professional Stage

A mentorship program designed to increase diversity in TV and film production by introducing students to behind-the-scenes careers launched recently for students at Kean University.

Equity Through Design Mentorship will match students from Kean and other selected institutions with mentors who are professional set designers, costume designers, art directors and others from the worlds of TV, film and theatre.

After Kean

Kean graduates have the potential for a diverse array of exciting careers on stage, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Theatrical training is an excellent foundation for careers in traditional theatre, as well as other platforms such as television, film, live events and promotions. Jobs include:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Playwright
  • Choreographer
  • Stage manager
  • Scenic designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Costume designer
  • Educator
  • Administrator
  • Director of press and public relations
  • Projection Designer
  • Prop Director
  • Scenic Artist
  • Costume Coordinator
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Production Designer (TV/Film)
  • Art Director (TV/Film)
  • Art Department Coordinator
  • Set Decorator (TV/Film)
  • Fight Director / Choreographer
  • Screen Writer

Accreditation

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Kean is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Founded in 1965, NAST is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 184 accredited institutional members.

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