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The Courses

  • Theatre 151 – Theatre Appreciation:  A study of the literary, historical and creative aspects of the theatre. It is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of theatre from the point of view of the audience.
  •  Theatre 341 – Culture and Performance:  This course is designed to provide a close study of the ways that performance shapes, reflects and challenges cultural values and political discourse, with a focus on the range of contemporary performance in New York City.


THEA 151:

  • Read a play analytically
  • Identify the principle personnel and business models of professional theatre
  • Articulately discuss recent trends in American and British Theatre, and draw connections to earlier traditions
  • Express their analysis of live performances, verbally and in writing
  • Explain how social, cultural, and historical contexts have influenced and been influenced by theatre and theatre artists in various cultures and time periods

THEA 341:                           

  • Analyze the development of self in relation to others and society: Students will examine how artists in different social and cultural contexts have used performance to define and/or challenge social norms and ideas of selfhood, identify and citizenship and how performance is itself influenced by culture and society.
  • Examine diverse values that form civically engaged and informed members of society: Students will explore how performance has been used in different cultural contexts to promote social cohesion and/or encourage civic engagement and dissent.
  • Evaluate solutions to real-world social and cultural problems: Students will examine how performance has been and could be used as a means of identifying and addressing social and cultural problems

Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:

  • Good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog: Undergraduate catalog - https://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/index.php
  • A minimum of 18 years of age at time of departure. Those under 18 will be evaluated on case by case basis.
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the WKU Office of Student Conduct. By applying for a Study Away program, you give permission of the staff of the Office of Study Away to access your Student Conduct record to verify eligibility.
    • Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Study Away when they become aware of this ineligibility.
  • Complete Study Away application and pay deposit,
  • Possess a valid form of Government issued identification (i.e. driver’s license) as required to fly within the United States,
  • Complete pre-departure program,
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor

 Included in Base Package

  • 3-6 undergraduate credit hours
  • Round-trip airfare to NYC
  • Lodging accommodations during program
  • Tickets to approximately 8 performances
  • Entrance fees for all program related activities
  • Designated group meals
  • Course-related ground transportation

 Excluded from Base Package

  • Items not explicitly listed in package.
  • 2 “Choose Your Own Adventure” performances
  • Transportation between your departure airport and your home.
  • Independent travel (non-program travel).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone service, and Internet access.
  • Tips for guides and drivers not included in program-related activity.
  • Travel cancellation/interruption insurance. Highly recommended.
  • Baggage fees and costs associated with flight changes.
  • Meals & Services and beverages not mentioned in the program


Students, see Program Details on right for important information. 


American Traveler Program

Join us in New York as a non-credit participant.  See the registration form and American Traveler information here.


WKU Alumni Theatre NYC Program

WKU Theatre Alumni are invited to join during the Alumni portion of the program (January 3-8, 2019). For more information on the Alumni program and how to apply please click here. 

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winter 2019


  • THEA 151 – Theatre Appreciation
  • THEA 341 – Culture and Performance

Program Leaders


  • New York City


  • Winter 2019: January 3-11


  • $1999 (estimate)

Funding Options

American Travelers

  • Non-Credit Option



program details

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Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays, negligence, or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.


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