Need advice about the major or minor in Theatre Arts? Call or visit the Theatre Department office. We are here to help. You can also email your faculty adviser but please use your Towson account as only university email addresses are used to correspond with students.
We also recommend that you read the Student Handbook (PDF) carefully. It will answer many questions you might have and will prepare you for your studies.
Start-of-Semester Group Advising Meeting
Our department holds a group advising meeting at the beginning of each semester, most often on the first Wednesday of the semester from 3:30 - 5 p.m. This is your chance to meet faculty and students, greet new and old friends, and learn what's new related to advising, auditions, special classes and other important topics and opportunities.
All Students Have an Adviser
First-year students (freshmen) see First Year Experience (FYE) advisor Susan Rotkovitz. When you have a moment, and settle into the department, try to meet with faculty whose interests match yours. For example, lighting design students should meet with Jay Herzog and introduce themselves. This is the best way to get opportunities.
Transfer students must be evaluated by the chair before the start of the semester to check for courses that should be accepted from your transfer institution. If you are an BFA in Acting student, you are advised as to where in the sequence of courses you will begin. Some, but not many, students are moved directly into Acting II, Movement II and/or Voice II, based on their auditions.
Peggy Penniman advises all theatre minors. Minors should attend the semester’s opening meeting as the information is important to them.
All other students are assigned an adviser. This is usually a faculty member in the track you are pursuing. If you do not have an adviser, please call the office at (410) 704-2792 or email Administrative Assistant Jesse Herche at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that you can be assigned a faculty adviser.
Advising Day (Obtaining Your Schedule for Next Semester)
You must see your adviser on “Advising Day” to get a schedule for the upcoming semester. This is often the last Friday in October and February. We will send out notifications of the exact dates.
Faculty do not teach on Advising Day. They will have a schedule of times posted on their door for you to sign up for your meeting.
You must come to the advising session with your proposed schedule. Do not expect to begin the process with your advisers, as there will be no time for that. Please prepare alternative classes to your schedule. Although the advisers might see problems with your progress toward graduation, they are not responsible for your completion of your degree. You are. Students who miss advising sessions may not be able to get into their classes required for graduation.
Following the advising session, all students bring their signed advising sheets to the Theatre Arts Department office in order of rank (senior, junior, sophomore, freshman). This date your advising sheet is due in the office will be emailed to you in advance.
Special classes to be offered in the upcoming semester will be posted by the department.
Theatre majors should not take classes that end after 5 p.m. to avoid potential conflicts with rehearsals.
The “callway” is a place where we share information with students. This is located between the Mainstage Theatre and the dressing rooms. It is also the place most students congregate.
Department of Theatre Arts
Center for the Arts, Room 3037 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.