Theater: Robert Morris University Theater | Robert Morris University

Undergraduate

Theatre1RMU's Theater offering within the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication, prepares students for theater-related careers. Students take foundation courses in areas such as acting and production, as well as specialty courses including Stage Combat, Jazz Dance, and Acting for the Camera. Students are encouraged to actively participate in Colonial Theatre productions, which are produced four times each year.

Studies lead to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication.

2010 national mean bachelor-level entry-level salaries:
(from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)
Communication by type of employer Communication by job function
Advertising $37,500 Advertising (based on one response) $39,250
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation $30,096 Fundraising/ Development $37,000
Communications (Broadcasting/Telecommunications) $32,571 Insurance (Claims) $38,000
Consulting Services $29,000 Management Trainee (entry-level) $29,238
Educational Services $35,040 Public Relations $31,233
Government (Federal) $33,000 Reporting $23.333
Insurance $40,250 Sales $38,000
Legal Services $34,167 Teaching $37,000
Religious/ Grantmaking/ Professional Organizations $30,833 Writing/Editing $32,000
English by type of employer English by job function
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation $35,000 Customer Service $26,000
Educational Services $32,746 Management Trainee (entry-level) $36,000
Government (State & Local) $37,333 Paralegal $28,500
Legal Services $28,500 Teaching $32,746
Publishing $30,000 Writing/Editing $30,000
RMU Salary Survey Range: Mean:
Communication (2009) $19,200 - $38,000 $29,633
English (2008) $22,000 - $32,000 $26,500

Below is a typical four-year course of study for theatre students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Humanities: Art and Music Intro. to Theater
Intro. to Communication General Psychology
Reading and Writing Strategies Principles of Sociology
History elective Argument & Research
Intro. to Decision Support Systems Science elective
  Theater Production I
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Fundamentals of Acting Modern Trends in Theater
Communication Theory Communication elective
Interpersonal & Small Group Comm. Business Professional Communication
Public Speaking and Persuasion Organizational Communication
English Lit. elective Math Reasoning w/ Applications
Theater Production II  
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Study of Rhetoric Theater elective
Survey of Economics Communication elective
Theater elective Communication elective
Communication elective Elective
Elective Elective
Theater Production III Theater Production IV
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Communication Seminar Internship
Internship Communication elective
Communication elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Theater Production V Theater Production VI

In addition to directing RMU's Theater offering, Ken Gargaro, Ph.D., is the founding director of Pittsburgh Musical Theater, a nonprofit acting company and training program in the city’s West End, whose students have gone on to perform for Broadway, Disney, cruise lines, TV, and film.

RMU has collaborative relationship with Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT), and student interns also train in singing and tap dance at the professional company. Other RMU students have been cast in big-budget PMT shows, performing at the illustrious Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.

Colonial Theatre
This student-focused company puts on professional-quality stage productions for the university and surrounding community at the 270-seat Massey Theater on campus. Participation is open to all RMU students.

Academic Media Center
The Academic Media Center provides a learning environment for students interested in television, video, audio, photography, multimedia, producing, and writing. The center houses exceptional facilities, including the second-largest television studio in Pittsburgh, a television control room, linear and nonlinear editing suites, darkrooms, computer labs and field production equipment. This ensures that students get first-hand knowledge on the same equipment found in broadcast TV stations and corporate communication departments.

RMU-TV
The Academic Media Center produces programming for RMU-TV, a 24-hour cable television station broadcast throughout campus and to more than 200,000 homes in the surrounding community. Students participate in all phases of RMU-TV, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Student-produced programming includes news, sports, comedy, and talk shows.

The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in a brand new building on the Moon campus.  The structure includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. Facilities include the Pod room with both PCs and Macintosh computers.

Within walking distance to the new building are facilities that provide opportunities for students to develop expertise in a range of media. Students perform and produce plays and musicals in our theater; they produce our student newspaper, The Sentry, and our literary magazine, RUNE, in our newsroom; they produce documentaries, attend lectures and learn from visiting scholars in our Media Arts House; and they produce and host news, entertainment, and sports programs in our state-of-the-art Academic Media Center’s broadcast facility and our Internet radio station.       

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

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