Theater and Dance

Within Theatre and Dance, there are five areas of emphasis: acting/directing, performance studies, dramaturgy, 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 often 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.

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 recommends that students interested in the major take Theatre 115 - Theatrical Design and Technology (for the technical aspects of mounting a production: set, costume, light design and construction) and one additional 100-level course:

  • Theatre 111-Introduction to Performance Studies (explores 20th century interdisciplinary performance arts),
  • Theatre 113-Movement for the Performer (yoga and movement improvisation to build physical awareness and collaboration as important foundational skills for performance.)
  • Theatre 117-Fundamentals of Acting (explores basic skill development of acting).

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