curriculum
A Bachelor of Arts in Theatre consists of 40 credit hours. All Theatre Majors must complete the core requirements for 19 credit hours. Additionally, each specialization track has 21 credit hours of course requirements and major elective options.

acting specialization curriculum
design/tech specialization curriculum
playwriting specialization curriculum
theatre minor curriculum

acting specialization curriculum

core requirements 19 credit hours
Thea 131 Fundamentals of Acting
Thea 132 Stagecraft
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature
Thea 337 Directing
Thea 425 Professional Theatre Practice

acting emphasis 18 credit hours
Thea 222 Acting II
Thea 322 Acting Technique
Thea 324 Stage Make-up
Thea 328 Acting Shakespeare
Thea 330 Voice and Movement for the Actor
Thea 394 Theories of Acting and Directing

major electives 3 credit hours
Thea 141 Introduction to Theatre
Thea 215 Drawing/Drafting/CAD
Thea 235 Costume Technology
Thea 269 Playwriting
Thea 322 Acting Technique (may be repeated 3 times)
Thea 329 Shakespeare Tour
Thea 332 Advanced Stagecraft
Thea 333 Scene Design
Thea 334 Stage Lighting
Thea 335 Costume Design and History
Thea 345 Stage Management & Safety
Thea 355 Projects in Theatre
Thea 393 Hist of Theatre Design and Architecture
Thea 450 Internship
Thea 490 Independent Study
Thea 498 Selected Topics

technical/design specialization curriculum

core requirements 19 credit hours
Thea 131 Fundamentals of Acting
Thea 132 Stagecraft
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature
Thea 337 Directing
Thea 425 Professional Theatre Practice

technical/design emphasis 15 credit hours
Thea 215 Drawing/Drafting/CAD
Thea 235 Costume Technology
Thea 393 Hist of Theatre Design and Architecture
Thea 333 Scene Design
Thea 334 Stage Lighting*

*or Thea 335 Costume Design and History

major electives 6* credit hours
Thea 141 Introduction to Theatre
Thea 222 Acting II
Thea 269 Playwriting
Thea 322 Acting Technique
Thea 324 Stage Make-up
Thea 328 Acting Shakespeare
Thea 329 Shakespeare Tour
Thea 330 Voice and Movement for the Actor
Thea 332 Advanced Stagecraft
Thea 334 Stage Lighting
Thea 335 Costume Design and History
Thea 345 Stage Management & Safety
Thea 355 Projects in Theatre
Thea 394 Theories of Acting and Directing
Thea 450 Internship
Thea 490 Independent Study
Thea 498 Selected Topics

* 5 credit hours must be 300 level and above

playwriting specialization curriculum

core requirements 19 credit hours
Thea 131 Fundamentals of Acting
Thea 132 Stagecraft
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature
Thea 337 Directing
Thea 425 Professional Theatre Practice

playwriting emphasis 12 credit hours
Engl 214 Film Analysis
Thea 269 Playwriting
Engl 240 Creative Writing: Fiction
Thea 369 Advanced Playwriting

major electives 9* credit hours
Thea 141 Introduction to Theatre
Thea 215 Drawing/Drafting/CAD
Thea 222 Acting II
Thea 235 Costume Technology
Thea 322 Acting Technique
Thea 324 Stage Make-up
Thea 328 Acting Shakespeare
Thea 329 Shakespeare Tour
Thea 330 Voice and Movement for the Actor
Thea 332 Advanced Stagecraft
Thea 333 Scene Design
Thea 334 Stage Lighting
Thea 335 Costume Design and History
Thea 345 Stage Management & Safety
Thea 355 Projects in Theatre
Thea 393 Hist of Theatre Design and Architecture
Thea 394 Theories of Acting and Directing
Thea 450 Internship
Thea 490 Independent Study
Thea 498 Selected Topics

* 6 credit hours must be 300 level and above

theatre minor curriculum

core requirements 11 credit hours
Thea 131 Fundamentals of Acting
Thea 132 Stagecraft
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 151 Rehearsal & Production
Thea 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature

minor electives 9* credit hours
Thea 141 Introduction to Theatre
Thea 215 Drawing/Drafting/CAD
Thea 222 Acting II
Thea 235 Costume Technology
Thea 269 Playwriting
Thea 322 Acting Technique
Thea 324 Stage Make-up
Thea 328 Acting Shakespeare
Thea 329 Shakespeare Tour
Thea 330 Voice and Movement for the Actor
Thea 332 Advanced Stagecraft
Thea 333 Scene Design
Thea 334 Stage Lighting
Thea 335 Costume Design and History
Thea 337 Directing
Thea 345 Stage Management & Safety
Thea 355 Projects in Theatre
Thea 393 Hist of Theatre Design and Architecture
Thea 394 Theories of Acting and Directing
Thea 425 Professional Theatre Practice
Thea 450 Internship
Thea 490 Independent Study
Thea 498 Selected Topics

* 7 credit hours must be 300 level and above

Fundamentals of Acting
An introduction to the theory and practice of acting.
(3 credits)

Stagecraft
Fundamentals of modern set construction, stage lighting, properties, and costume practice. Students assist with current productions in laboratory sessions.
(3 credits)

Rehearsal and Production
Supervised experience in theatre performance and stagecraft by acting or crew participation in one department of theatre production. May be taken for credit four times. Prospective actors will have to participate in a competitive audition.
(1 credit)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Survey of Dramatic Literature
Analysis and discussion of some of history’s most celebrated works of dramatic literature, ranging from classic Greek drama through to contemporary works. Texts will be examined within the historical context of the cultures that produced them, and in light of their respective theatrical conditions, performance styles, etc. Emphasis will also be placed on various methods of textual analysis.
(3 credits)

Directing
The theory and practice of directing for the modern theatre.
(3 credits)

Prerequisites: Thea 131, 132, and one section of 151 and 281.

Professional Theatre Practice
A study of the working conditions of the professional actor, designer, technician, and director in the contemporary theatre. Preparation for effective career development.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Acting II
Intermediate-level course designed to continue the actor training begun in Thea 131. Emphasis on realistic acting techniques.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 131.

Voice and Movement for the Actor
Introduction to disciplines of voice and movement essential for the well-prepared actor. Emphasis will be on performance rather than theory.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 131.

Acting Technique
An intensive focus on one or more of the following: role preparation, scene study, physical disciplines of acting. Approach varies from offering to offering. May be repeated for credit three times.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 222 and permission of instructor.

Stage Makeup
Theory, practice, and materials of stage make-up. Practical application is mandatory and extensive; students will analyze various characters and design makeup for them.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 131 and 151.

Acting Shakespeare
An advanced-level course designed to provide the student with tools for the analysis and performance of the plays of Shakespeare.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 222 and permission of the instructor.

Theories of Acting and Directing
A history of the art, craft and theories of acting. Also, a historical investigation into the role of the “director” in pre-modern theatre and the evolution into its present predominant place in contemporary theatre.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 281 or permission of instructor.

Introduction to the Theatre
An introduction to the elements of the theatre: acting, playwriting, directing, producing, design and technology. Attention to the ways in which theatre springs from the nature of the community in historical as well as contemporary settings. A lecture course; no performance skills required.
(3 credits)

Drawing/Drafting/CAD
Principles and techniques used for the creation and implementation of theatrical designs. Introduction to design elements and techniques, drawing, rendering, and computer-aided drafting. Emphasis on set, costume, lighting and property designs.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Costume Technology
Basic techniques of constructing costumes for the stage, emphasizing sewing, pattern making and cutting, draping. Includes the study of fabrics, millinery, and accessories.
(3 credits)

Playwriting
An introduction to the fundamentals of playwriting, including clear storytelling, character development, scene structure and style. The particular demands of writing in a theatrical medium, as distinct from film, television or novel, will be emphasized.
(3 credits)

Touring Shakespeare
An ensemble composed of actors and technicians, selected by audition and interview, performing Shakespeare-based scripts in the community and region.
(3 credits)

Prerequisites: Thea 328 or permission of instructor.

Advanced Stagecraft
Advanced methods and materials of stagecraft: emphasis on thermoplastics, metals, projected scenery, unusual rigging situations, hydraulics, computer applications, and special effects.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 132.

Scene Design
The principles and application of design for stage, emphasizing sketches, diagrams, and model making.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 215 or permission of the instructor.

Stage Lighting
The theory and practice of stage lighting as practiced in modern theatre.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 215 or permission of the instructor.

Costume Design and History
A survey of costume history from the ancient world to the present with an emphasis on social, political, religious, and technological conditions. The process of costume design will be explored using the principles of variety and order, character analysis, period research, and the elements of design.
(3 credits)

Prerequisites: Thea 215 or permission of instructor.

Stage Management and Safety
Safe and effective production management on the modern stage. Safety education in shop, performance, and public spaces.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 132.

Projects in Theatre
The study and performance of a major role in a department of theatre production, or participation in a production as a crew head with significant responsibility, or planning and execution of a study of moderate scope in the history, literature, or criticism of the theatre. May be taken for credit four times for a maximum of 6 credits.
(1-2 credits)

Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the instructor.

History of Theatre Design and Architecture
A review of the history and evolution of scene, costume, lighting, prop and sound design for the theatre. Course will also examine the evolution of theatre spaces, from the outdoor theatre of the Ancient Greeks to traveling wagon stages of the medieval period to modern architectural trends. The course will examine non-western forms of theatre such as aboriginal and African theatre as well as western world theatre traditions.
(3 credits)

Prerequisites: Thea 281.

Internship
Supervised placement in a working theatre situation off campus.
(3-12 credits)

Prerequisites: Extensive and successful experience in theatre performance on campus, 2.000 QPA overall and in all theatre courses attempted, and permission of the department’s curriculum committee.

Independent Study
A faculty-supervised project in an advanced area of theatre studies carried out independently by a qualified upper-class student.
(1-3 credits)

Selected Topics
The in-depth examination of a specific topic. The nature of the topic selected and its treatment determined in consultation with the instructor. May be repeated for credit provided the topic varies substantially from all previous registrations.
(1-3 credits)

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

Theories of Acting and Directing
A history of the art, craft and theories of acting. Also, a historical investigation into the role of the “director” in pre-modern theatre and the evolution into its present predominant place in contemporary theatre.
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Thea 281 or permission of instructor.

Film Analysis
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(3 credits)

Creative Writing: Fiction
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(3 credits)

Advanced Playwriting
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(3 credits)