BA English - Dramaturgy

University Campus

Theater brings stories to life, activating scenes otherwise left to our imaginations. In Saint Leo’s Dramaturgy program—a specialization of our English degree—you’ll learn about all aspects of theater, from playwriting to stage performance to technical production.

Why choose English with a Dramaturgy specialization at Saint Leo?

Dare to become an extraordinary thinker, writer and artist. Explore the cultural contexts of drama, and learn to adapt stories for both the stage and mass media, whether as a playwright, dramaturge, artistic or executive director, stage manager, designer, critic, performer or administrator.

Wow audiences in campus productions. Perform in musical revues and community concerts with University Concert Band, Drama Ministry and Voices of Christ. Host a show on SLU Radio.

B.A. English concentrations are also available in Advanced Literary Study and Professional Writing. If you aim to teach English at the secondary level, combine your English degree with an Education minor in place of a concentration.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Shakespeare
  • Stagecraft
  • Playwriting
  • Directing
  • Acting

Professional development opportunities

  • Campus performances: Past productions include Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1984, Fool for Love and Dirty Deeds at the Depot. We also host on-campus readings of new plays currently in development, and annually produce a season of Happy Fun Radio Hour, a radio play collection written, produced and performed by Saint Leo Dramaturgy students.
  • Co-curricular activities: Host a show or work behind-the-scenes for SLU Radio. Become an active member of the Alpha Alpha Alpha chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Contribute to Sandhill Review literary magazine and The Lions' Pride student newspaper.
  • Community involvement: Share your writing in the SLU Writer’s Circle, a support group of local writers and enthusiasts. Perform a play with a Tampa-area theater company.
  • Conferences: Attend writing and English Honor Society conferences.
  • Guest lecturers: Meet luminaries such as U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, poet and fiction-writer Valada Flewellyn and filmmaker Ralph Clemente.

What can you do with a Dramaturgy Specialization?

Graduates leave the Saint Leo with skills in a variety of fields:

  • Artistic Administration
  • Writing for Stage and Media
  • Performance for Stage and Media
  • Production
  • Talent Scouting
  • Stage Management
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Journalistic Criticism

Where are Saint Leo English grads now?

American TESOL Institute

  • AUA Language Center, Thailand
  • Florida Legal Group
  • Lancaster University, England
  • Newcastle University, England
  • Pasco County Schools
  • Scholastic Books
  • Trinity College, Ireland
  • U.S. Army
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wesley Chapel High School


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