Theatre Arts (BA)

Program Requirements

Required General Education

Survey of theatre arts; lectures, with lab experience available. Note: Students may not take both THEA 115 and this class.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06

Major Common Core

Performance scenes and acting exercises for the beginning theatre major.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Introduction to the theory and practice of directing for the theatre.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 and THEA 101 or THEA 110 

The study and application of various analytical approaches to play texts in preparation for production.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Survey of theatrical history from its origins to 1700.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Survey of theatrical history from 1700 to the present.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Theatre Activity - Choose 5 Credit(s). Choose from at least three different areas

Acting in a mainstage or approved production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Work on stage or house management, or public relations. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Serve as Dance Captain, to assist the Choreographer, for a mainstage or approved production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent

Work on stage crew in a mainstage production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Work on costumes or wardrobe crew in a mainstage production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Work on lighting crew in a mainstage production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Work on sound crew in a mainstage production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Major Restricted Electives

Professional Prep - Choose 1 Credit(s).

Introduction to the various career opportunities directly in or appertaining to theatrical arts performance.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Exploring the techniques of building a working design/technology portfolio and resume.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Theatre Technology - Choose 3 Credit(s). Courses may not be repeated in the program

Fundamental concepts of technical theatre; an overview of basic stagecraft, costuming, lighting, and sound in the contemporary theatre.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Introduction to theory and practice of construction techniques used in the theatre.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Theory and techniques in stage costume construction.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

The study of lighting technology and its effect on lighting design.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

The study of sound technology and its affect on sound design.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Foundations - Choose 9 Credit(s). May also choose any 2-credit Dance class

Instructs the student through a series of movement exercises in body alignment, breathing, flexibility, strength and coordination.

Prerequisites: Consent 

The process of character structuring through script analysis and scene work.

Prerequisites: THEA 110 or consent 

Study and exercise to prepare actors to sing for the musical theatre with the focus on competence and musicianship.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor 

The development of a repertoire of audition pieces to increase the ability to perform with confidence on short notice.

Prerequisites: THEA 110 or consent 

Exploration of all aspects of theatrical stage management activities through specific theoretical and practical study.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to the concepts, process, and practices of theatrical scenic, lighting, and costume design including script analysis and historical overviews.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Fundamental concepts of technical theatre; an overview of basic stagecraft, costuming, lighting, and sound in the contemporary theatre.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Introduction to theory and practice of construction techniques used in the theatre.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Theory and techniques in stage costume construction.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

Theory and practical laboratory work in stage makeup applications.

Prerequisites: Consent 

The study of lighting technology and its effect on lighting design.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

The study of sound technology and its affect on sound design.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 

A survey of literature, artists and performances with specific regard to the theatre of diversity including, but not restricted to: Feminist Theatre, Gay and Lesbian Theatre, African-American Theatre, Asian American Theatre, Hispanic Theatre, etc.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-07

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Advanced - Choose 15 Credit(s).

Exploration of a variety of improvisational techniques for beginning Dance Majors and Minors. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: DANC 128 

Expanding knowledge and skill in dance partnering, with the emphasis on styles used in performance of theatre and musical theatre. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to musical theatre performance techniques for the American Musical Theatre actor.

Prerequisites: THEA 210 or consent 

Study and exercises in vocal development emphasizing the demands of stage speech.

Prerequisites: THEA 210 or consent 

Study and exercises in vocal development, including the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Prerequisites: THEA 210 or consent 

A study and practice of vocal dialects most often used in performance.

Prerequisites: THEA 413 

A continuation of Stage Dialects I.

Prerequisites: THEA 413 

Advanced scene studies with a focus on analysis and the varied approaches to developing motivations.

Prerequisites: THEA 210 or consent 

The development of individual performance craft and advanced acting methodologies.

Prerequisites: THEA 210 or consent 

Advanced scene studies in classical and stylized dramatic literature.

Prerequisites: THEA 210 or consent 

Development of performance craft for the media.

Prerequisites: THEA 210 and consent 

Exposes students to the functions of theatre managers through case studies, discussions, practical application and readings.

Prerequisites: THEA 235 

Advanced studies in script analysis, actor psychology and staging techniques culminating in performance projects with critical analysis.

Prerequisites: THEA 235 and consent 

Development of techniques and skills in the creation of scenery.

Prerequisites: THEA 240 or consent 

Enhances the advanced theatre student's ability to show complex elements of a theatrical design in a clear manner using accepted theatrical drafting methods.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Explores all facets of technical direction, construction techniques, and project management.

Prerequisites: THEA 255 

Theory and techniques in costume design and execution.

Prerequisites: THEA 240 or consent 

The study of lighting equipment, usage, techniques and stage lighting design.

Prerequisites: THEA 270 

Production and sound effects, electronic sound reinforcement of live performance, choice and operation of sound equipment, as well as basic music styles and terminology.

Prerequisites: consent 

Survey of the history of the American Musical Theatre from its origins to the present.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 and consent 

This class teaches how to access historical information and present it to directors, actors, or designers in a way that will help them make informed and practical artistic choices.

Prerequisites: THEA 100 and consent

Writing the short and long play.

Prerequisites: THEA 100. Permission of instructor.

Other Graduation Requirements

Choose 8 credit(s): take one series Language