Theatre Transfer

Program Goals Statement

The focus of this program is to establish a strong foundation in the fundamentals of professional theatre-making.  This program is designed to provide hands-on training where students can learn their craft experientially.  Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution and/or begin working professionally. A rigorous course of study that prepares students for the competitive demands of the professional world is met with an inclusive, safe, and nurturing space for artistic exploration and personal growth.

Student Learning Outcomes 

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  • Developing theatre skills is demanding, and requires a specific sequencing of classes and projects.  Students should follow the course sequence as much as possible, and must plan to dedicate extra time to professional development by participating in theatre program productions in order to complete their capstone course requirements.

After Bristol

  • The Bristol Theatre program is a MassTransfer program, which allows ease of transfer of credits to other Massachusetts state colleges.
  • Transfer to four-year theatre program in or outside of Massachusetts.
  • Begin auditioning, directing, designing for film, television, and/or theatre.
  • Theatre degree is useful for a number of careers including:
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Set Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Producer
  • Artistic Director
  • Associate Artistic Director
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Casting Director
  • Talent Agent
  • Talent Management
  • Stage Manager
  • Literary Manager
  • Theatre Administrator
  • Drama Teacher
  • Education Director for a Theatre Company
  • Technical Director
  • Community Engagement Director for a Theatre Company
  • Costume Shop Manager
  • Carpenter
  • Stitcher, cutter, draper
  • Make-Up Artist

Skills developed in the Theatre Program are applicable to a wide range of careers beyond the entertainment industry. 

Students have found their degree in theatre helpful for careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal Training
  • Psychology
  • Hospitality
  • Real Estate
  • Not for Profit Management
  • Social Work
  • Event Management
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources
  • Sales

Infused General Education Competencies

Multicultural Perspective, Oral Communication

  • Many students have continued studies in theatre at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, Emerson College, Brown University, Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island, Bridgewater State College, North Carolina School of Arts, and others.
  • Alumni have worked in all aspects of theatre performance and administration locally and nationally.
Item #

Elective Courses – Choose one Science and one Lab Science elective

Total credits:

Course Sequencing

Item #
Social Science Elective (3)  +
Sub-Total Credits
Item #
Science Elective  +
3 - 4
Lab Science Elective  +
Program Elective  +
3 - 4
Sub-Total Credits




Associate Degree


Degree Offered

Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences (Theatre Concentration)

Program Contact

Jennifer Puniello
Interim Dean 

David Ledoux, Theatre Director