Overarching Goals of the
Monmouth College Theatre Program
If indeed “all the world’s a stage,” the Theatre
major offers many ways to successfully “make an entrance.” The major includes
the skills necessary to produce excellent theatre (acting, directing, design,
management) along with experiences relevant to lifelong learning (creativity,
working in a collaborative environment, achieving self – expression, increasing
self-confidence). Theatre is both a profession and an art and, whether it is
graduate study or using theatre in other endeavors (including teaching, public
relations, media, law), Theatre majors will offer creative solutions to life’s
As a Theater major at Monmouth College, students
will be urged to attain three goals.
1. Develop a broad
knowledge of the art and craft
of theatre in both the classroom and on the stage.
in the art and craft of theater by applying skills to the production process.
3. Begin and continue the process of developing a
personal approach to the art and craft of theater.
Develop a broad knowledge of the art and craft of theatre in both the classroom and
on the stage.
includes an exploration of:
vocabulary of theatre, including: elements, structure, processes,
performance, theory, history, criticism and tools.
techniques, procedures, and methods needed to create the various informal and
formal processes within a theatrical production.
principles and skills needed to create the various elements of a theatrical
production within a given setting.
strategies and skills needed to evaluate, assess and interpret drama and
theatre using theatrical assessment criteria and standards.
aesthetic principles, types, styles and techniques needed to understand and
analyze the role of theatre and dramatic literature within a culture.
distinguishing characteristics of performance and production principles needed
to understand and analyze the development of historical and contemporary
theatrical works separated by style and/or period in history.
form, style and function of major works and playwrights from historical and
contemporary periods within a variety of cultures.
critical theories of performance, direction and design, including research
sources and methodologies.
in the art and craft of theater through direct application to the production
includes developing the skills to:
analyze and interpret plays and other theatrical events with special attention
to the skills involved in performance, directing, designing and playwriting.
communicate, in verbal and written form, an analysis or interpretation of a
theatrical event using language of the profession.
create safely and effectively using contemporary theatre technology.
apply critical theories of performance, direction and design to the creation
of a theatrical production.
of a Personal Approach
and continue the process of developing a personal approach to the art and craft
includes the development of:
process for lifelong learning, an inquiring mind and a creative imagination.
sense of personal responsibility, and an understanding of an individual’s role
in the collaborative process.
artistic standards and judgment, respect for the art form and an ability to
standards of professionalism and personal initiative in the development and
continuation of one’s personal education.
broad and deep exploration of the role of theater in a Liberal Arts context,
the individual’s community and society.