Theatre

The theatre major provides a program of interdisciplinary study that prepares students for a wide range of careers in the performing arts, including performance, stage management, arts management, producing, directing, choreography, teaching and writing, creative arts therapy and entertainment law.
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Theatre Major

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.

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.)
THDA 401 Senior Thesis Project in Theatre (3 sem. hrs.)
THDA 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.)

THDA 285 Topic: Scenic Design (3 sem. hrs)
THDA 285 Topic: Lighting 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)
THDA 285 Topic: Advanced Stagecraft (3 sem. hrs)
THDA 285 Topic: Scenic Design (3 sem. hrs)
THDA 285 Topic: Lighting 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.)
THDA 285/385 Topics in Theatre or Dance (2-4 sem. hrs.)
THDA 399 Independent Study in Theatre or Dance (1-3 sem. hrs.)
Any dramatic literature course
Any studio art course
Any art history course

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

THDA 390 Internships in Theatre or Dance (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 (21-23 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (13 sem. hrs.)

THEA 128 Acting One (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 315 Theatre History (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 100 Introduction to Performing Arts (4 sem. hrs)
THEA 130 Stagecraft (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 320 Marginalized Voices: Women Playwrights (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 338 Methods of Directing (3 sem. hrs)
THEA 201 Arts Management (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 224 Production Practical (for a total of 3 sem. hrs)
THEA 225 Production Practical (for a total of 3 sem. hrs)
THDA 285/385 Topics in Theatre or Dance (2-4 sem. hrs)

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