Students perform in Lady Windermere's Fan

Theatre Arts

English-Theatre Arts Concentration Requirements

The English-Theatre Arts concentration is designed to prepare students for graduate study as well as for careers in professional theatre, the entertainment industry, and many other fields. Training in theatre produces well-rounded students with strong analytical and communication skills who work well as a team and under pressure - abilities that many employers in business and industry also look for in the people they hire. 

The core and distribution requirements provide a solid grounding in the nature and history of theatre and broad exposure to its various arts, including acting, directing, design, playwriting, and technical theatre. Students are encouraged to concentrate a substantial portion of their upper-level coursework within a particular area of their choice—for example, performance, design/tech, or writing/dramaturgy. A capstone-experience course gives each student the chance to do further advanced work within that chosen area.

Requirements. The Theatre Arts concentration requires a minimum of 37 credits in required and elective courses.  Students take four core courses and at least seven electives distributed among the areas of technical theatre, performance, other creative electives, and dramatic literature/theatre history. Three credits in Production coursework and one capstone-experience course are also required. 

A. Core Requirements (12 credits)

42.233 Play Analysis 
42.281 British Literary traditions
42.282 American Literary traditions
42.423 Shakespeare 1 OR 42.424 Shakespeare 2

B. Production experience (3 credits)

THEA.222 Stagecraft Lab (1cr)
THEA.311 Play Production (2-3cr)
THEA.490 Performance Practicum (1cr)

C. Approved Electives (at least 21 credits, distributed among the following 4 areas). 

In addition to fulfilling the minimum requirement in each category, students should focus the rest of their upper-level electives in a particular area of interest such as Performance, Design/Tech, or Writing/Dramaturgy.

Performance  (3 credits)
THEA.261 Acting I
THEA.262 Acting 2
THEA.265 Voice and Movement for Actors
THEA.364 Performing Shakespeare
THEA.365 Musical Theatre Workshop
THEA.366 The Business of Acting
THEA.464 Advanced Acting
THEA.490 Performance Practicum
Creative electives  (3 credits)
42.304 Playwriting
42.367 Advanced Playwriting
THEA.230 Foundations of Theatrical Design 
THEA.331 Scenic Design
THEA.340 Directing Workshop
THEA.401 Topics in Theatre
Dramatic literature/theatre history (6 credits)  
THEA.201 Introduction to Theatre
42.218 Comedy
42.346 Women in Theatre
42.347 Modern Irish Drama
42.348 Modern American Drama
42.357 African-American Drama
42.358 Shaping of the American Theatre 
42.359 Contemporary World Drama 
42.360 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre
42.361 Restoration Comedy
42.362 Modern Drama
42.363 English Renaissance Drama
42.364 Theatre and Society
42.382 Theatre History 1 
42.383 Theatre History 2
Technical theatre (3 credits)
THEA.221 Stagecraft
THEA.311 Play Production
THEA.322 Scene Painting

D. Capstone experience (min. 1 credit) 
THEA.490 Performance Practicum (1cr)
THEA.492 Technical Theatre Practicum (1cr)
THEA.493 Practicum in Theatre 
THEA.494 Directed Study in Theatre
THEA.495 Senior Seminar in Theatre (1cr)