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Department of Theatre —Theater Major, Minor

If indeed “all the world’s a stage,” the Theatre major offers many ways to successfully “make an entrance.” The Department of Theatre (THEA) offers a theatre major that includes the skills necessary to produce excellent theatre (acting, directing, design, management) along with experiences relevant to life long learning (creativity, working in a collaborative environment, achieving self-expression, and increasing self-confidence).  For all students, the major stresses both general knowledge in the process of theater and skillful development in the creation of theater.  In addition to course work, students gain practical experience as they immediately assume positions required to support the creation of productions in the Theatre program.   Theatre majors find themselves working in a wide variety of businesses including: entertainment, performing and public speaking, on and back stage, public relations, in education, event planning, media, and law.  Theatre is both a profession and an art and, whether it be graduate study, working the “business” or using theatre in other endeavors, Theatre majors will offer creative solutions to life’s challenges.

Theatre Major Requirements
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A major in theatre consists of 12 course credits from the following courses:THEA 119, 175, 181, 182, 272, 273, 275, 278, 281, 282, 370, 371, 372, 377. In addition a student is required to complete an independent study or internship and acceptance of a senior, electronic portfolio. 

Theatre Minor Requirements
A minor in theatre consists of 5.5 course credits from the following courses:THEA 173, 175, 272 or 273, 275, 278, 282, 370.

Teacher Certification
Students seeking teacher certification in drama should confer as early as possible with the Chairs of Theatre and Educational Studies to ensure that their program will meet state standards. (Note: Secondary certification in a “primary teaching field” requires a minimum of 8 courses.) A second teaching field in a related area of study is recommended.

Internships and Independent Studies.
Internships and Independent Studies are an integral part of the THEA major. All majors are required to complete an internship experience or an independent study project. Internships can be taken in a wide variety of job settings—from stage management at a local theatre company, to publicity, assistant directing, or teaching youth theatre classes.   A listing of recent internships in the department can be viewed at the Theatre web site’s internship page.  The internship experience usually occurs in the junior or senior year or in the summer between.  Theatre faculty routinely advise and assist students in finding good internships.  An internship is normally for three semester hours of credit. Typically students spend between 125 and 150 hours at the internship site or about eight to ten hours per week.

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Requirements for the Theatre major: (12 course credits)

THEA 119 Theatre Practicum (taken each semester as a declared Theatre major – 2 course credits maximum)

THEA 175 Principles of Acting

THEA 181 Drafting for Design

THEA 182 Design Process and procedure

THEA 272 Classical Theatre

THEA 273 Modern Theatre

THEA 275 Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis

THEA 278 Theatre Collaboration

THEA 281 Design Theory

THEA 282 Design Studio I

THEA 370 Voice, Movement and Modern Styles or THEA 371 Period Styles in Acting:  
Greek to Restoration

THEA 372 Career Management

THEA 377 Principles of Directing

THEA 490 Independent Study or THEA 497 Internship in Theatre Arts

A passing evaluation on the Senior Portfolio.

Requirements for the Theatre Minor—Performance Emphasis: (5.5 courses)

  • THEA 173G. Intro to Technical Theatre
  • THEA 175. Principles of Acting
  • THEA 272. Classical Theatre or THEA 273 – Modern Theatre
  • THEA 275. Script Analysis and Dramatic Literature
  • THEA 282. Design Studio I
  • THEA 278. Theatre Collaboration
  • THEA 370. Voice, Movement and Modern Styles or THEA 371. Period Styles of Acting

Requirements for the Theatre Minor—Technical Theatre Emphasis: (5.5 courses)

  • THEA 175. Principles of Acting
  • THEA 181. Drafting for Design
  • THEA 182. Design Process & Preparation
  • THEA 272. Classical Theatre or THEA 273 – Modern Theatre
  • THEA 275. Script Analysis and Dramatic Literature
  • THEA 278. Theatre Collaboration
  • THEA 282. Design Studio I

Course Descriptions:

THEA 119G Theatre Practicum .25 course credit

Staff-supervised participation in acting or technical theatre. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Repeatable 8 times.

THEA 171G Intro to Theatre .5 course credit

A course designed to give the beginning student a critical platform on which to base his or her own evaluation of plays. Selected reading of play scripts, and general criticism is supplemented by planned viewing experiences in live and recorded theatre. Offered each year.

THEA 173G Intro to Technical Theatre .5 course credit

A study of the basic elements of technical theater, including stagecraft, lighting, properties, and makeup. Includes laboratory. Offered each year.

THEA 175G Beginning Acting .5 course credit

An introduction to the art and history of stage acting combined with practical exercises and performances of short scenes.

THEA 176 Principles of Acting .5 course credit

Continuation of acting skills explored in Beginning Acting. The course will offer emphasis on Stanislavsky’s Method and other theories supporting the performance of psychologically motivated texts. In class exercises, study and application of techniques, development of process, critical analysis of performances, analysis of dramatic action, scene and monologue work, and readings will culminate in the creation of multiple performances throughout the semester. Prerequisite: THEA 175.

THEA 181 Drafting for Design .5 course credit

An introduction to the fundamental elements of drafting and the use of Vectorworks as
a platform in theatre design. Prerequisite: None.

THEA 182 Design Process & Preparation .5 course credit

An introduction to the common elements and principles of Scenery, Costume, and Lighting design. Prerequisite: THEA 181.

THEA 271 Children’s Theatre/Creative Drama 1 course credit

A hybrid course that introduces the theories and practices of using theatre and drama, as an educational and social tool, as well as creating theatre for and with youth. Readings in history, theory and production are combined with practical exercises in Creative Dramatics and Children’s Theatre performance techniques. Includes opportunities to create and utilize techniques in both performance and the learning environment.

THEA 272 Classical Theatre 1 course credit

A survey of Theatre from the ancient Greeks to the Restoration, emphasizing the evolution of dramatic literature, production elements, theatre architecture, and audience composition.

THEA 273 Modern Theatre 1 course credit

A survey of Theatre from the Restoration to modern times emphasizing the evolution of dramatic literature, production elements, theatre architecture, and audience composition.

THEA 275 Dramatic Lit & Script Analysis 1 course credit

A study of the major theory and techniques of play analysis from the perspective of the director, designer, scholar, critic and actor. Readings and analysis of numerous plays, historical research, and exercises intended to reveal a play’s textual, creative and contextual elements. Prerequisites: THEA 175 and THEA 176.

THEA 278 Theatre Collaboration .5 course credit

Open to sophomore, junior and senior Theatre majors and minors, or by permission of the
instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

THEA 281 Design Theory 1 course credit

THEA 282 Design Studio I 1 course credit

Students create fully realized Theatrical Designs in one area of choice (Scenery, Costumes, Lighting). Includes lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: THEA 181, THEA182, THEA 281 or consent of instructor.

THEA 283 Theatre in Context .5 course credit

THEA 297 Special Topics: Theatre .50-1.0 course credit

May be repeated for credit only with a different topic.

THEA 370 Voice, Movement & Mod Styles 1 course credit

A study of performance techniques and modern movement based acting styles. Includes readings on performance theory, laboratory exercise, improvisation, scene study, character development, personal reflection and the attendance of productions. Techniques will be applied to modern acting styles, and the course will lead to the creation and performance of scenes and monologues. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: THEA 275 or consent of the instructor.

THEA 371 Period Styles in Acting 1 course credit

A study of western acting techniques ranging from Greek to Restoration. Includes readings on performance history and theory, laboratory exercise, improvisation, scene study, character development, personal reflection and the attendance of productions. The course will lead to the creation and performance of scenes and monologues. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: THEA 275 or consent of the instructor.

THEA 372 Career Management .5 course credit

A course in developing and managing a career in professional theatre. Prerequisite: THEA 370 or 371 or consent of the instructor.

THEA 377 Principles of Directing 1 course credit

A study of the practical and theoretical elements of directing for the serious student of performance. Readings in theory and production organization are combined with practical exercises in analysis, pictorial composition, movement, and lead to the actual production of a short play. Offered every other year. Prerequisites: Junior standing, some theater experience and THEA 282, THEA 370 or 371, or consent of the instructor.

THEA 382 Design Studio II 1 course credit

A continuation of THEA 282. Students create fully realized Theatrical Designs in one area of choice (Scenery, Costumes, Lighting). Includes lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: THEA 282 or consent of instructor.

THEA 397 Seminar: Theatre .5 -1.0 course credit

A seminar centered on a problem or topic as announced before each offering. Designed for Juniors and Seniors. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

THEA 490 Independent Study .5 course credit

A faculty-directed program of individual study consisting of reading, research, or creative performance. May be repeated for credit.

THEA 497 Internship in Theatre Arts .5 course credit

An experience designed to allow the student to use in the field concepts and ideas developed during major study and to help prepare the student for employment. Prerequisites: Junior standing and prior approval of the department. May be repeated for credit.

 
 
 
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