Theatre Academia is a subgenre of academia that revolves around studying dramaturgy.


Gleaming, fancy chandeliers, heartfelt ballads to the lovers unknown, hushed murmuring of students behind the stage, reciting Sappho just before the show, a wardrobe full of old costumes all refurbished or restyled, photocopied monologues taped on walls, old programs and playbills from shows that have long-closed, random Shakespeare quotes scribbled into the margins of your journals, reading on the catwalk in a historical theater, and just feeling like a real, dark academic actor/actress


Written Works

Categorized by author.

  • William Shakespeare:
    • Hamlet
    • Othello
    • King Lear
    • Macbeth
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Oscar Wilde:
    • The Importance of Being Earnest
    • Lady Windermere's Fan
    • An Ideal Husband
  • Sophocles:
    • Antigone
    • Oedipus Rex
  • Nikolai Gogol:
    • Dead Souls
    • The Government Inspector
  • Anton Chekhov:
    • The Cherry Orchard
    • A Marriage Proposal
  • Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Visual Novel

Chaotic Academia: A Noir Robotics Mystery


  • Reading classical literature
  • Participating in school productions
  • Memorizing lines
  • Taking on character’s traits
  • Analyzing classic plays for fun
  • Staying up into the late night to practice your script and wishing for the lead role
  • Reciting Shakespeare over a cup of black coffee
  • Living for DigitalTheatre or BroadwayHD
  • Sketching costume designs on the train to the arts district
  • Mumbling along to musical soundtracks
  • Daydreaming about your next performance
  • Repurposing old costumes from the last show
  • Scribbling your lines at the top of notebooks in the lull of lectures/classes
  • Making your own signature blend of tea to keep you sane through tech week
  • Writing quotes from plays that made you feel
  • Challenging yourself to speaking theatrically for a whole day just to feel the drama coursing through your veins
  • Studying a time period because a show you’re reading sent you down a research rabbit hole
  • Taking any opportunity to quote a play, or at least slip a reference into conversation
  • Choosing and revising monologues and songs that you deeply connect to
  • Staying up all night to find bootlegs of musicals on YouTube


It can, but doesn't inherently need to, have a dash of the Old Hollywood aesthetic. Some items are:

  • Berets
  • Turtlenecks
  • Fur wraps
  • Tweed blazers
  • Leather boots



Catchphrases may Include:

  • "sorry I have a rehearsal"
  • "break a leg!"
  • "don't touch my props"


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