The Theatre Studies major is both an academic field of study and a practical application of that study. The purpose of our major is to provide students with an experiential and comprehensive awareness of the historical and social contexts, the technical components, and the bounty of language and behavior possible in theatrical craft. Our faculty strongly encourages in the inventive lives of our students a confident autonomy as creators who can envision a project, articulate their goals, and relish navigating the research and collaborative process towards its accomplishment. An educational investigation of theatre provides the unique incentive to understand, engage in and challenge the many iterations of this ancient and global performance art form. It compels participants to solve problems and take risks in real time. It foments a productive confrontation between a student’s need to surrender to the unknown and to simultaneously embrace self-discipline – sitting the study of theatre at the crossroads of their journey here at Wellesley, and beyond.