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
Start-of-Semester Group Meeting
Our department holds a group 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 find out about specific opportunities within the
Transfer students will be scheduled by New Student Programs for a transfer advising
session. At that time you will be advised into courses and create a schedule for the
coming your first semester. If you are an BFA in Acting student, you are advised as
to where in the sequence of courses you will begin. Most students, begin from the
beginning of the sequence, but this is based on a students individual audition. Following
transfer advising, students should schedule with the chairperson to have their theatre
transfer courses evaluated by the chair before the start of the semester to check
for those that equate.
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 when they declare their major and track.
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 Academic Program Coordinator
Jesse Herche atjherche AT_TOWSON, so that you can be assigned a faculty adviser.
Advising Day (Obtaining Your Schedule for Next Semester)
Each semester, you must see your adviser during advising week to get a schedule for
the upcoming semester. These weeks are often the last weeks in October and February. Declared majors and minors will recieve an email of the advising schedule prior to
advising week. Prospective majors and minors should contact the Department of Theatre
Arts Office to obtain current advising week schedules.
During advising week faculty 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 an advising sessions is not long enough
to build a full schedule. 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. Students who do not bring an advising sheet to
the office will not obtain permission to register for Department of Theatre Arts courses
requiring Department or Instructor Consent.
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
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