Theatre

The Theatre Program prides itself in its intimate and challenging curriculum. The program strives to train students in all aspects of theatre art – from acting and directing to technical theatre and design. Theatre offers the following degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
• Acting/Directing
• Design/Technical Theatre
• Musical Theatre

For general advising and curriculum information for the above degrees please click here.

THEA 160 : Introduction to Theatre - AR

A survey of the general nature of dramatic presentation; including elements of dramatic structure, types of drama, and the contributions of the actor, director, designer, technician, and audience. (4)

THEA 200 : Theatre Rehearsal and Performance

Students perform in a specific faculty-directed production. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 semester hours. (0-4)

THEA 215 : Voice and Movement - AR

Exploration of the actor's voice and body as vital tools for dramatic expression. (4)

THEA 225 : Running Crew I

A practicum course, students work backstage or in production shops on a faculty-directed production to learn about and execute beginning and intermediate-level running crew assignments. Repeatable for a maximum of 8 semester hours. Graded Pass/Fail. (1)

THEA 250 : Acting I - Fundamentals - AR

An introductory course to acting in which students perform scenes and monologues and learn about scene selection, memorization, imagination, character, and presentation. (4)

THEA 252 : Fundamentals of Scenic Design - AR

An introduction to the process used by scenic designers to create a physical environment for the stage. (4)

THEA 254 : Fundamentals of Lighting Design - AR

An introductory examination of the controllable properties of light and their application to the functions of theatrical lighting. (4)

THEA 255 : Theatrical Production - AR

Basic theory and procedure of all backstage elements in the theatre, costumes, scenery, props, lights, and makeup. (4)

THEA 260 : Stagecraft

A combination of lecture and hands on experience in the execution of scenic designs for the stage including safety procedures, construction techniques and materials, theatrical rigging, welding, and organizational planning of theatrical production. Prerequisite: THEA 255. (2)

THEA 275 : Scenic Painting

Color theory and techniques used for painting scenery in theatrical applications. (2)

THEA 279 : Hand Drafting

Hand drafting techniques to create light plots or scenic draftings for theatrical applications. (2)

THEA 280 : Computer-Aided Drafting

The use of computers and software to create light plots or scenic draftings for theatrical applications. (2)

THEA 285 : Costume Crafts and Construction

Costume production techniques, including sewing, use of equipment, knowledge of available materials, dyeing, and 3-D. (4)

THEA 287 : Special Topics in Theatre

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

THEA 290 : Stage Management

The study and practice of stage management with an emphasis on functions of the stage manager in the theatrical production process. (2)

THEA 299 : The Profession of Theatre

An introduction of the various elements necessary to prepare for a life in the theatre, including portfolio and audition materials, agents and unions, graduate schools and the profession. (2)

THEA 300 : Improvisation

Long and/or short form improvisation techniques in addition to a variety of exercises exploring terminology, character work and elements of comedy. (2)

THEA 330 : Script Analysis

Discussion of the major theories of drama and apply those literary and dramatic elements of plays and the analysis of selected drama from a variety of historical periods. (4)

THEA 345 : Playwriting

Techniques for writing one-act plays and analysis of dramatic structure and elements. (4)

THEA 346 : The Audition

Techniques for choosing and preparing effective monologues, cold and prepared readings, head shots and résumés, and interview skills. (2)

THEA 347 : The Vocal Audition

Techniques for choosing and preparing effective audition songs, cuttings, and interview skills related to musical theatre. (2)

THEA 350 : Acting II - Scene Study

An intermediate course in which students gain practical experience through performance of monologues and scenes from modern and contemporary theatre. Prerequisite: THEA 250 or consent of instructor. (4)

THEA 351 : Stage Makeup

Basic techniques in theatrical makeup application including corrective, aging, three-dimensional, and special effects. (4)

THEA 355 : Lighting Design

An examination of the controllable properties of light and their application to the functions of theatrical lighting. Students will express ideas through research, critical analysis, presentation, and practical lab exercises. Prerequisite: THEA 254. (4)

THEA 360 : Theatre History - AR

A survey of the history of theatre and an examination of theatre as an institution that reflects historical moments and participates in the forming of social values and ideas. (4)

THEA 362 : Musical Theatre History - AR

A survey of the history of musical theatre and an examination of musical theatre as an institution that reflects historical moments and participates in the forming of social values and ideas. (4)

THEA 365 : Theatre History II - AR

This course surveys the history of theatre from the end of the 18th century through the present day. Students will examine theatre as an institution that both reflects historical moments and participates in the forming of social values and ideas. (4)

THEA 380 : Directing I

The process of analyzing and making choices about scripts, casting, revealing the focus of scenes, and constructing the mood, rhythm, pace and main idea of productions. Prerequisite: THEA 250. (4)

THEA 385 : Musical Theatre Performance: Golden Age

An exploration of singing musical theatre from America's Golden Age in a studio setting. (4)

THEA 386 : Musical Theatre Performance: Modern

An exploration of singing musical theatre from America's modern era in a studio setting. (4)

THEA 387 : Topics in Theatre

This course will be offered as needed, and it will allow the faculty and guest artists to explore areas of expertise and interest that are not normally taught as part of the curriculum. Concentrated study of a major theatrical period, movement, author, theme, genre, performance style, culture, or technology. (2 to 4)

THEA 390 : Visual History: Period Costume and Décor - AR

A survey of the architecture, interiors, clothing, culture, and aesthetic of the western world through exposure to art, historical documents, and popular perspectives. (4)

THEA 425 : Running Crew II

A practicum course, students work backstage or in production shops on a faculty-directed production to learn about and execute intermediate and advanced-level running crew assignments. Repeatable for a maximum of 8 semester hours. (1)

THEA 450 : Acting III - Styles

Analyzing and performing differing styles of acting representing various time periods and genres. Prerequisites: THEA 250 and THEA 350, or consent of instructor. (4)

THEA 453 : Costume Design - AR

Development of artistic and technical abilities in the field of costume design incorporating history, patterns, and renderings. (4)

THEA 455 : Scenic Design

Explores the process used by scenic designers to create a physical environment for the stage through analyzing a theatrical text, formulating and expressing an approach through research, and executing their ideas through models and simple drafting. Prerequisite: THEA 252. (4)

THEA 480 : Directing II

Builds on techniques learned in Directing I to develop stage productions. This includes interpreting text, analyzing premise, developing visual concepts, translating words and concepts into actions, and the process of communication between actors and designers. Prerequisite: THEA 380. (4)

THEA 485 : Theatre Management

The study of issues related to managing a theatre company and producing plays. (2)

THEA 491 : Independent Studies

Investigations or research in area of special interest not covered by regular courses; open to qualified junior or senior students. Requires pre-registration approved by a departmental sponsor. (1 to 4)

THEA 495 : Internship in Theatre

Internship or cooperative education experiences in the theatre. (1 to 4)

THEA 499 : Capstone - SR

Preparation of portfolios and project work that reflects both academic and practical knowledge gained through the study of theatre. (2)

Minors

The department offers minors concentrations in:

  • Theatre
  • Dance