Within Theatre and Dance, there are five areas of emphasis: acting/directing, performance studies, history/literature/criticism, stage design, and dance/choreography. History, criticism and theory are integrated with practice in our course offerings and consequently, performance opportunities exist within most of our courses as well as in our mainstage productions. First-year students and non-majors frequently participate in our mainstage productions. There are many routes to a major, depending on general interest and/or emphasis. Students should consult closely with a faculty member in the department to plan a major course of study, or simply to explore offerings in the department.

While many students understand acting, directing, design, and ballet/modern dance as options from their high school experience, our introductory Movement for the Performer course offers new opportunities for the exploration of movement and text for actors as well as dancers.  Similarly, Introduction to Performance Studies enlarges the ways that students see performance in the world around them, applying the perspective of theatre to aspects of everyday life that include ritual, festival, spectacle, play and politics. 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

  • Any 2 100-level courses from: 111, 113, 115, 117
  • 2 200-level courses from 201, 202, 203, 210, 211 (literature, criticism, theory courses)
  • 2 200-level courses from 217, 225, 235, 240, 245 (creative inquiry courses)
  • 2 300-level courses from 303, 304, 311, 317, 340
  • 4 THE 100 Practica credits in 3 different areas (performance, directing, performance crew, design, dramaturgy)

The department requires that students interested in the major take two100-level courses:

  • Theatre 111-Introduction to Performance Studies (using the lens of theatrical performance to explore all aspects of everyday life, including ritual, festival, spectacle, politics and sports)
  • Theatre 113-Movement for the Performer (yoga and movement improvisation to build physical awareness and collaboration as important foundational skills for performance.)
  • Theatre 115 - Theatrical Design and Technology (the technical aspects of mounting a production: set, costume, light design and construction)
  • Theatre 117-Introduction to Acting (developing acting skills, including improvisation, storytelling, monologues, and scenes)

The following is a possible four-year plan to complete a major in Theatre and Dance:

FIRST YEAR FALL   FIRST YEAR SPRING
THE 111, 113, 115 or 117   THE 115 or 117
                                       participate in production for practica credit    
SECOND YEAR FALL   SECOND YEAR SPRING
THE 201, 210 or 211   THE 202, 203, or 211
                                            Begin the 200-level requirements, participate in production
THIRD YEAR FALL   THIRD YEAR SPRING
                                            Complete the 200-level requirements, participate in production
THE 235 and/or THE 240 or THE 225
or   or
Off-Campus Study   Off-Campus Study
FOURTH YEAR FALL   FOURTH YEAR SPRING
                                               two courses at the 300-level