Theatre

The theatre major provides a program of study that prepares students for a wide range of careers in the performing arts, including acting, design, stage management, arts management, producing, directing, teaching and technical theatre.
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Theatre Major

Students will gain experience in peer leadership and the creative process. Hands-on learning is supported and enriched by the study of history and theory, which informs the interpretive technique of the theatre artist and fosters intellectual curiosity and cross-cultural awareness.

The theatre major serves students with strong problem-solving skills and a sense of discipline and personal responsibility.

The total number of courses required for the major is 17−20 (43−49 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (8 sem. hrs.)

THEA 100    Introduction to Performing Arts (4 sem. hrs)
THEA 401    Senior Thesis Project in Theatre (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 402     Senior Seminar: Building a Career in Theatre (1 sem. hr)

PRODUCTION, PERFORMANCE AND PERFORMANCE THEORY
All of the following (12 sem. hrs.)

THEA 128 Acting One (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 130 Stagecraft (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 315 Theatre History (3 sem. hrs.)
MUS 112 Listening: A Survey of Western Music (3 sem. hrs.)

All of the following (for a minimum of 6 sem. hrs.)

THEA 224 Production Practical (1-3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 325 Production Practical (1-3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 280 Rehearsal and Performance/Theatre (1-3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

THEA 222    Topic: Lighting Design (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 285    Topic: Scenic Design (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 338    Methods of Directing (3 sem. hrs)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

THEA 201 Arts Management (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 255 Stage Management (3 sem. hrs)

TECHNIQUE AND SKILLS TRAINING
Choose from the following (for a total of 6 sem. hrs.)

DANC 205     Modern Dance Technique (2 sem. hrs)
DANC 206     Modern Dance Technique II (2 sem. hrs)
DANC 210     Dance Technique (2 sem. hrs)
THEA 222    Topic: Lighting Design (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 285    Topic: Advanced Stagecraft (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 285    Topic: Scenic Design (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 200    Acting Two (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 330    Improvisational Theatre (1 sem. hr)
THEA 331    Acting Shakespeare (1 sem. hr)
THEA 332    Acting Styles (1 sem. hr)
THEA 333    Getting the Part: Monologues and Audition Techniques (1 sem. hr)

ELECTIVES
Two of the following (3-7 sem. hrs.)

MUS 145     Introduction to Music Theory (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 278    Rehearsal and Performance: Theatre/Student (1 sem. hr)
THEA 320     Marginalized Voices: Women Playwrights (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 285/385     Topics in Theatre (2−4 sem. hrs)
THEA 399     Independent Study in Theatre (1−3 sem. hrs.)
Any dramatic literature course
Any studio art course
Any art history course

INTERNSHIP
The following (2-4 sem. hrs.)

THEA 390     Internships in Theatre (2−4 sem. hrs.)

Theatre Minor

You may enjoy this minor for its own sake as you explore interests outside your major field, or consider it as a special application of concentrated studies in such fields as education, history, literature and writing, psychology, sociology, visual art, art history, management, philosophy, or film and media studies.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 7 courses of 2−4 semester hours each (total of 21−23 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (13 sem. hrs.)

THEA 100     Introduction to Performing Arts (4 sem. hrs)
THEA 128     Acting One (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 130     Stagecraft (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 315     Theatre History (3 sem. hrs)

Three of the following (8-10 sem. hrs.)

THEA 200 Acting Two (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 255 Stage Management (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 280 Rehearsal and Performance/Theatre
   and/or THEA 350 Advanced Rehearsal and Performance/Theatre (for a total of 3 sem. hrs)
THEA 201     Arts Management (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 224     Production Practical (for a total of 3 sem. hrs)
THEA 285/385     Topics in Theatre (2−4 sem. hrs)
THEA 320     Marginalized Voices: Women Playwrights (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 325     Production Practical (for a total of 3 sem. hrs)
THEA 338     Methods of Directing (3 sem. hrs)

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