Theatre, BA

The Theatre major consists of 58 credit hours including 6 credit hours of practicum credit earned through participation in production, and a capstone internship or senior project. Students in the theatre program practice their craft in community with faculty, staff, and other students in an environment that encourages them to consider their vocation as service in God’s world. A strong foundation in the liberal arts emphasizing critical thinking, effective communication, and scholarly research provides graduates with real-world marketable skills and excellent preparation for graduate studies. Year-round opportunities for students to perform, design, and direct, mentored by faculty and other local professionals, broadens the depth of experience of our students, preparing them to become professionals in theatre.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are linked to assignments and activities throughout this program. After completing program requirements,

  1. Students will be able to analyze a play script using a variety of interpretive strategies.

  2. Students will be able to synthesize script analysis into artistic expression through the visual, oral, kinesthetic, and written modes of communication found in acting, design, directing, and dramaturgy.

  3. Students will be able to describe how theatre can reflect, promote, and challenge its cultural context.

  4. Students will be able to articulate their personal beliefs, values, attitudes, and abilities in theatre in relation to the Christian story and service in God’s world.

Theatre majors must first audition to be admitted into the program. Students are expected to participate in productions each semester and must remain in good academic standing to participate. Further information is available in the theatre handbook.

Requirements for the BA in Theatre

General Education Core 35 hours

(The following general education requirements are covered in the major: Literature, Fine Arts Appreciation.)

Theatre Major 58 hours

Production Core 6 hours

Choose one or more each semester until 6 hours are completed (Repeat any given class no more than 3 times):

DAN 1081Dance for Musical Theatre

1

THE 1011Production Practicum

1

THE 1021Performance Practicum

1

THE 1031Ensemble Acting

1

THE 1041Theatre Management Practicum

1

Major Core 41 hours

THE 1001Introduction to Theatre Studies

1

THE 1062Unarmed Stage Combat

2

THE 1103Acting I

3

THE 1112Introduction to Technical Theatre

2

THE 1411Stage Makeup

1

THE 2413Principles of Design

3

THE 2603Play Analysis

3

THE 3243Acting Styles

3

THE 3313History of Western Theatre: Greeks to Renaissance

3

THE 3323History of Western Theatre: Renaissance to the Present

3

THE 3001Theatre as Vocation

1

THE 3123Directing

3

THE 3513Stage Management

3

THE 4503Acting Theory and Criticism

3

THE 4601Senior Seminar in Theatre

1

THE 4743Dramatic Literature

3

Choose one

THE 4813Senior Project in Theatre

3

THE 4893Theatre Internship

3

Major Track - 11 hours: Choose From the Following Tracks

Acting Track
THE 2222Voice for the Actor

2

THE 2232Movement for the Actor

2

THE 3102Scene Studies

2

THE 4102Audition

2

AND

Choose 3 hours from:

THE 3413Scenic Design

3

THE 3433Lighting and Sound

3

THE 3443Costume Design

3

Directing/Tech Track
THE 1011Production Practicum

1

THE 2232Movement for the Actor

2

THE 4412Advanced Design Practicum

2

AND

Choose 6 hours from

THE 3413Scenic Design

3

THE 3433Lighting and Sound

3

THE 3443Costume Design

3

Electives 27 hours

Total Credit Hours: 120