The Theatre Arts department requires a set of 13 foundational courses. Additionally, each major is required to read 100 plays, most of which will be covered in their coursework.
All theatre arts majors must meet these additional requirements:
- One audition each year
- Two audition workshops
- One arts management workshop
- A final capstone project
Majors can pursue a concentration by choosing their electives from one of five different areas.
Performance (Acting & Directing)
This program facilitates the use of many theatrical techniques. Students will:
- Enhance their self-awareness and confidence
- Increase their physical and vocal dexterity
- Engage their imaginations
- Assess textual meanings and historical data
- Apply thought and feeling to action
- Highlight aesthetic detail
- Articulate their ideas and observations.
As students gain trust in themselves, their classmates and the creative process, they develop valuable life skills that can be used in any career or situation. Performance majors are encouraged to appreciate the viewpoints of others and to explore how the arts reflect and shape our society.
Through classes, departmental productions and work at the Performing Arts Center, students will gain valuable experience and the opportunity to participate in many technical aspects of theatre— scenery, costumes, lighting and sound.
This concentration provides direct, practical experience in a positive and dedicated atmosphere, where students work with highly trained faculty as well as professional designers and touring companies.
Advanced students also earn significant responsibility in various production areas, including:
- Stage management
- Scenic art
- Set construction
Our flexible and extensive technical curriculum gives students a solid foundation in the skills needed to compete in today’s entertainment industry.
The dramaturg wears many hats. Students wanting to pursue this multi-disciplinary profession will acquire knowledge in
- Research methods
- Theatre history
- Dramatic world literature
- Aesthetic criticism
- Creative writing, including script writing
- Communication skills, especially public relations
- Theatre production
A dramaturg, when collaborating on specific plays, must provide answers to questions posed by actors, designers, directors, and audience members. Students will learn to explore not only the explicit meaning of a text, but also the significance that grows out of a play’s historical period, stylistic genre, and production history.
Students of dramaturgy will gain a working knowledge of the effects of theatre throughout time. In pursuing artistic meaning with passion, they will contribute to the production of inspiring work for diverse audiences.
Theatre in Education
Students will learn to bring theatre to children of all ages. They will also study how the art form benefits children’s mental, physical and emotional development. This field of study includes:
- Selecting, interpreting and staging age-appropriate literary and dramatic works
- Acquiring interdisciplinary technical skills
- Teaching performance through production, storytelling and improvisation
Students pursuing careers in teaching or early childhood education may either major in this concentration or use it as a minor to support an education major. The early childhood education major also offers theatre arts as one of its fields of study.
This concentration is designed to satisfy students who want a broad overview of theatre’s many facets, rather than just one aspect of theatre.
The concentration helps students become informed theatre generalists and benefits those who have a strong interest in multiple areas of theatre. It involves an artistic and academic pursuit of both past and present forms of theatre and encompasses select courses from two or more of the above concentrations.