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Theatre Curriculum

The curriculum is geared both to the student who aims for a professional career and to the integration of the theatre field with a liberal arts education. A student may specialize in acting-directing or technology-design, as well as the study of theatre history and dramatic literature.

The department offers five major productions annually in two theatres. The Gibson Theatre features proscenium stage and a 450-seat auditorium. The Watson Arena is a flexible performing space that stresses the development of new talent and serves as a laboratory for student directors.

Core Requirements
THE 1011: Play Production
THE 1012: Stagecraft I
THE 1013: Acting I 
THE 2010: Dramatic Literature
THE 2015: Directing I
THE 2120: Introduction to Theatrical Design
THE 3010: Theatre History I
THE 3011: Theatre History II
THE 4001: Dramatic Theory and Criticism (W course)
THE 4590: Theatre Seminar

Theatre majors will select Performance or Production Track

Performance Track

FAR 1915: Stage Voice and Diction
THE 2113: Acting II
THE 3050: Stage Movement

THE 3000: Directing II
THE 3013: Acting III – Topics in Acting

Production Track

THE 2070: Stage Costume and Makeup
THE 2100: Stage Lighting and Sound

Six credits selected from the following
THE 3121: Scene Design
THE 3131: Stage Lighting and Sound Design
THE 3141: Stage Costume Design

NOTE: All Theatre majors must complete a portfolio review during their last year in attendance. This is a non-credit requirement. The portfolio includes materials (resume, photos, work related documents) that will be required for either professional work or admission to graduate study.

In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.