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Theatre Arts Curriculum

Theatre Arts students receive a solid foundation in the theory, history, and literature of theatre to provide the basis for artistic expression. On the foundation of broad theatre knowledge, the student will select a concentration in one of three areas: Design/Technology, Performance, or Theatre Studies.

The Design/Technology track includes training in set, lighting, costume and design, and drawing & painting, with additional areas of study in stage management and technical theatre.

The core of the Performance track is the acting curriculum, with additional course offerings in movement, musical theatre skills, voice, and speech.

The Theatre Studies area incorporates directing, theatre management, studies in literature, and dramaturgy.

In addition, all theatre majors are required to complete a minor of their own choosing with a minimum of 18 credits.

 

Theatre Core Requirements (34 Credits)
  • THE231 - Acting I (3)
  • THE233 - Western Drama I (3)
  • THE234 - Western Drama II (3)
  • THE251 - Theatre One (3)
  • THE252 - Introduction to Theatre Technology (3)
  • THE253 - Costume Construction I (3)
  • THE260 - Introduction to Design (3)
  • THE301 - Theatre Arts Participation (1)
  • THE301 - Theatre Arts Participation (1)
  • THE301 - Theatre Arts Participation (1)
  • THE301 - Theatre Arts Participation (1)
  • THE321 - Theatre History I (3)
  • THE322 - Theatre History II (3)
  • THE465 - Theatre IV (3)

 

Concentration Requirements (18 credits)

In addition to the above listed core courses, students must complete an 18-credit requirement in a selected concentration (Design/Technology, Performance, or Theatre Studies.)

 

Performance Concentration Requirement (18 credits)
  • THE334 - Speech for the Stage (3)
  • THE332 - Acting II (3)
  • THE337 - Introduction to Movement (3)
  • Upper Division Concentration Electives (6)
  • Non-Concentration Elective (3)

 

Design and Technology Concentration Requirement (18 credits; including three of the four design disciplines)
  • THE354 - Scene Design I (3)
  • THE355 - Costume Design I (3)
  • THE356 - Lighting Design I (3)
  • THE357 - Sound Design I (3)
  • THE493 - Drawing & Painting for Theatre (3)
  • Upper Division Concentration Elective (3)
  • Non-Concentration Elective (3)

 

Theatre Studies Concentration Requirement (18 credits)

  • THE324 - Dramaturgy (3)
  • Upper Division Concentration Elective (3)
  • Non-Concentration Elective (3)
  • THE271 - Page to Stage: Dramatic Text Analysis

or

  • THE327 - Race, Gender and Performance

or

  • THE420 - American Musical Theatre

or

  • THE237 - African American Drama

or

  • THE238 - History of American Theatre & Drama (3)

  • THE441 - Directing I

or

  • THE325 - Devising Theatre (3)
  • THE344 - Theatre Management

or

  • THE342 Stage Management (3)

 

List of Theatre Electives

Performance = P; Design/Technical =DT; * = entrance by audition/interview

  • THE211 - Rehearsal and Production (1) P/DT
  • THE212 - Rehearsal and Production (2) P/DT
  • THE213 - Rehearsal and Production (3) P/DT
  • THE295 - Independent Study in TA (3) P/DT
  • THE303 - Voice for Theatre I (3) P
  • THE304 - Voice for Theatre II (3) P
  • THE305 - Musical Theatre Workshop I (3) P*
  • THE306 - Musical Theatre Workshop II (3) P*
  • THE310 - Live Theatre Experience (3) P/DT
  • THE325 - Playmaking (3) P
  • THE332 - Acting II (3) P
  • THE333 - Acting III (3) P*
  • THE334 - Speech for the Stage (3) P
  • THE335 - Stage Makeup I (3) P/DT
  • THE336 - Stage Makeup II (3) P/DT*
  • THE337 - Introduction to Movement (3) P
  • THE338 - Tap Dance I (3) P
  • THE339 - Jazz I (3) P
  • THE341 - Dialects for the Stage (3) P*
  • THE342 - Stage Management (3) DT
  • THE343 - Scene Painting (3) DT*
  • THE345 - Jazz Dance II (3) P*
  • THE346 - Tap Dance II (3) P*
  • THE347 - Choreography for Musical Theatre (3) P*
  • THE351 - Drafting for the Theatre (3) DT
  • THE352 - Introduction to Computer Assisted Design (3) DT
  • THE353 - Costume Construction 2 (3) DT
  • THE354 - Scene Design 1 (3) DT
  • THE362 - Improvisation and Performance (3) P
  • THE363 - Scene Study (3) P*
  • THE364 - A Modern Approach to Ballet (2)
  • THE365 - Theatrical Movement (2)
  • THE371 - Text Analysis for the Actor (3) P*
  • THE411 - Rehearsal and Production (1) P/DT
  • THE412 - Rehearsal and Production (2) P/DT
  • THE413 - Rehearsal and Production (3) P/DT
  • THE420 - American Musical Theatre (3) P
  • THE425 - Multiculturalism and Theatre (3) P/DT
  • THE432 - Acting IV (3) P*
  • THE441 - Directing I (3) P/DT
  • THE442 - Directing II (3) P*
  • THE453 - Costume Crafts (3) DT*
  • THE454 - Scene Design 2 (3) DT*
  • THE455 - Costume Design 2 (3) DT*
  • THE456 - Lighting Design 2 (3) DT*
  • THE490 - Senior Project in Theatre (3)
  • THE492 - Fieldwork in Professional Theatre (3) DT*
  • THE494 - Fieldwork in Theatre (3-15) P/DT*
  • THE495 - Independent Study in TA (2-4) P/DT*
  • THE594 - Fieldwork in TA (3-15) P/DT*
  • THE293, THE393, THE493 - Selected Topics (1-3)

 

NOTE: THE301 - Theatre Arts Participation must be taken four times for a total of 4 credits.

 

* A grade of "C-" or better must be earned in all Theatre courses to earn credit toward a theatre major.

 

Substitutions for courses in any specific area of the program may be approved by the departmental chair.