Youth Drama (Minor)

Youth Drama (Minor)
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What is youth drama?

If you want to connect with children through the dramatic arts in settings inside or outside the classroom, the youth drama minor is for you. Whether you’re interested in elementary school teaching or working as an artist, you’ll learn skills in storytelling and theatre, and you’ll have the opportunity to work with our master puppeteer. You’ll also explore the values and practice of incorporating the arts into a non-arts educational setting. Combine this minor with a major such as business,social work or education, with the option to pursue a fifth-year master’s degree in teaching through the UNH Department of Education.

Why study youth drama at UNH?

In addition to our award-winning faculty, our Department of Theatre and Dance offers more than 25 performance opportunities every year in musicals, plays and dance concerts, including student productions. Our Cultural Stages program brings acclaimed playwrights, choreographers and other theatre artists from around the world to campus.

Potential career areas

  • Arts program administration
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Professional storytelling
  • Puppeteering
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Theater administration
  • Youth programming

Administrative Manager, Theatre & Dance
Phone: (603) 862-3038
Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center Rm D22AB, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

Anyone with an interest in theatre for young audiences, either in acting or as a way to augment teaching strategies, will benefit from this minor, which utilizes activated and arts-infused methodology to enliven work with K-12 students. The youth drama minor is ideal for those who wish to explore the dramatic arts through an educational lens.

Contact Michael Wood, (603) 862-3038,

Required Courses
THDA 522Storytelling, Story Theatre, and Involvement Dramatics4
THDA 583Introduction to Puppetry4
THDA 624Theatre for Young Audiences4
THDA 683Advanced Puppetry4
THDA 721Arts Integration4
Total Credits20


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