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Weather Alert

Due to the impending storm and the State of Emergency recently declared by Gov. Murphy, all classes on the main campus and Kean Skylands are canceled beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. All classes also will be canceled tomorrow, Tuesday, October 26, and nonessential personnel should not report to campus. Kean Ocean students should visit the Ocean County College website for information regarding any class cancellations.

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.

Program Options:

B.A. in Theatre

BFA in Theatre Performance

BFA in Theatre Design and Technology

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The theatre program here is very special. We’re living for our passion, something that’s important to us and the world around us. It ignites something in us and in our generation to convey the underlying importance of art in everything."

Mary Kate Grimes ’18
Theatre Technician
Theatre alumna Mary Kate Grimes

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.

Featured News

Brick City

Kean University  Student Shines on Professional Stage

Kean University student Chris Grant has already launched his professional acting career, and he hasn’t even graduated yet. Grant (pictured on the right), recently appeared in the Premiere Stages production of Brick City. Learn more here.

After Kean

Kean graduates have a diverse array of exciting careers on stage and behind the scenes. Jobs include:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Playwright
  • Choreographer
  • Stage manager
  • Scenic designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Costume designer
  • Educator
  • Administrator
  • Director of press and public relations


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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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