Firm Grounding in Theater Continues to Open Doors for Jeanine Kane ’91
Jeanine Kane ’91, English major and theatre arts minor, took part this summer in a theatrical production of “King Lear” and says her experiences in the classroom and on the stage at Stonehill helped her succeed in the role and many others she has had since graduating.
Students enter the world of Theatre Arts and discover themselves and their abilities anew while challenging their body, mind and imagination. Our program aids student's personal development in several ways:
- A deeper understanding of the workings of the human imagination and emotions
- The use of the body and voice as a means of expression
- The complexities of interpersonal relationships as seen in art and life
- Experiential learning opportunities
Students also have the opportunity to study theatre beyond the classroom by attending professional performances in the Boston/New England area. In addition, the work of the Stonehill Theatre Company provides numerous hands-on learning experiences both onstage and behind the scenes. By taking part in the production of plays, students’ sense of responsibility and self-discipline are further tested and strengthened.
Participation in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival allows our students to compete in various areas including acting, design, tech, dramatic criticism and playwriting. Students may also collaborate with faculty in directing and designing main stage productions.
Skills that Translate to Any Field
Stonehill's Theatre Arts program does NOT require an ‘entrance’ audition. All students, from any discipline, are welcome to audition for productions and work on various technical crews.
Having studied and worked in the Theatre Arts program, our students become ready to pursue further goals related to the theatre and other fields that stress:
- Interpersonal communication
- A positive self-image
- Management and budgeting skills
- The ability to be flexible while also establishing and meeting deadlines
- Creative thinking and problem solving