2011 - 2012 Theatre Arts Program (THTR)

Objectives | BFA--Performance | BFA--Technical | BA in Theatre | Academic Minor | Teaching Minor | Theatre Course Descriptions | Speech Course Descriptions

Faculty: Michael Vought, Chair, Nina Vought; Spencer Brown, Technical Director

Program Goals

Objectives

The Theatre program offers training in performance or technical theatre leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. It also offers a generalist Theatre major (BA), a Theatre minor, and a Theatre Teaching minor. The BFA program allows students to concentrate in either technical theatre or performance. This program prepares students for entry into professional theatre and/or graduate studies in theatre. The generalist major and minor provide a course of study for students with an avocational interest in theatre, and students who plan to pursue graduate studies in theatrical arts. Both programs are designed to provide students with practical production experiences that will develop their ability to express themselves creatively in the theatre. To this end, students will gain a broad understanding of theatre and theatre history and become disciplined in a variety of specific areas such as auditioning, acting technique, stage-management, and stage design.

Performance students will be required to cultivate healthy body awareness, flexibility, and endurance with mandatory hours clocked at the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center. (This requirement can be "double-dipped" with yoga and dance courses.) Every week, students will blog about insights, discoveries, "ah-ha" moments and challenges they encounter. Faculty advisors will meet twice each semester with students to discuss their writings, their progress and their production work. Once every year a faculty panel will review each student's classroom and production work in order to provide constructive feedback.

Students are required to complete twenty hours of crew and production work each year. In the final year, BFA students are required to take a seminar course in which they will meet weekly with faculty mentors to produce and/or complete work (e.g., portfolio, audition pieces) designed to assist in furthering their careers.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in courses required for the major and/or minor. With the approval of the instructor, students may repeat specified courses for additional credit.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Degree (BFA)

After completing the lower division theatre courses, students must declare an area of emphasis and apply for acceptance into the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre program in the spring of their sophomore year. For the Technical Theatre emphasis, students must submit a portfolio; for the Performance emphasis, students must audition. The portfolio/audition should contain examples of work that the student has produced while at Westminster College. The application is due to the program chair by February 15. The BFA admissions committee will review the portfolios/auditions and notify students prior to registration for the Fall Semester. Students who are not accepted may continue working as academic majors and reapply the following year. Transfer students will follow the same process for acceptance to the BFA track, except that the portfolio may contain work produced while studying at other institutions of higher education.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Performance Emphasis

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:

HPW 220 Yoga for Wellness, LE
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE
THTR 180 Acting I, LE
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE

Note: The LE requirement satisfied by THTR 124, Survey of Theatre, is waived for all Theatre majors.
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Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
  Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. .
II. Lower Division Courses 26
. These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (Spring of sophomore year).

HPW 220 Yoga for Wellness, LE

MUSC 191 Private Lessons (Voice I) (1)
and
MUSC 192 Private Lessons (Voice II) (1)
or
THTR 200G Voice Class I (2)

THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup
THTR 180 Acting I, LE
THTR 190 The Performer's Body
THTR 220 Stage Management (offered every other year)
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE
THTR 250 Dramatic Theory and Criticism
THTR 280 Acting II
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2
2
2
2
3
2
2
4
3
III. Upper Division Performance Courses 23
. THTR 303 Performance Studies (take twice)
THTR 327 Advanced Theatre Acting Workshop
THTR 330 Intermediate Dance and Movement
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (offered every other year)
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (offered every other year)
THTR 372 Movement II (offered every other year)
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (offered every other year)
THTR 380 Acting III (offered every other year)
THTR 470 Directing (offered every other year)
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar
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2
2
3
2
2
3
3
3
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IV. Theatre History Courses 6
. THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (offered every other year)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (offered every other year)
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3
V. Elective Courses 4
. COMM 326 Introduction to Writing and Web Design (4)
ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)
FILM 110 Introduction to Film History and Aesthetics (4)
FILM 310 Film Theory (4)
HPW 210 Contemporary Dance (2)
HPW 225 Beginning Ballet (1)
MUSC 291/292 Private Lessons (Voice) (1, 1)
THTR 200/300 Special Topics (1-4)
THTR 270 World Drama (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)
THTR 385 Musical Theatre (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 490 Senior Project (1-3)
.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE--PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS 67

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA in Theatre with a Performance Emphasis

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year THTR 127
THTR 180
THTR 190
HPW 220
MUSC 191
THTR 228
Sophomore Year THTR 129
THTR 250
THTR 280
MUSC 192
THTR 220
THTR 230
Junior Year THTR 303
THTR 328
THTR 358
THTR 371
THTR 380
THTR 303
THTR 330
THTR 359
THTR 379
Senior Year THTR 361
THTR 372
Any Elective
THTR 470
THTR 480
Any Elective

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Technical Theatre Emphasis

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:

ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE
THTR 180 Acting I, LE

Note: The LE requirement satisfied by THTR 124, Survey of Theatre, is waived for all Theatre majors.
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Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
  Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. .
II. Lower Division Courses 24
. These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (Spring of sophomore year).

ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE
ART 209 Composition and Design
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup
THTR 180 Acting I, LE
THTR 220 Stage Management (offered every other year)
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop
THTR 250 Dramatic Theory and Criticism
THTR 260 Design for the Theatre (offered every other year)
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3
2
2
2
3
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4
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III. Upper Division Courses 16-20
. THTR 326 Stagecraft II (offered every other year)
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (take twice)

THTR 325 Stage Lighting (3) (offered every other year)
or
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3) (offered every other year)

THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (offered every other year)
THTR 440 Internship in Technical Theatre
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar
(This course should be taken during spring semester of student's last year)
THTR 490 Senior Project in Theatre
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1-3
IV. Theatre History Courses 6
. THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (offered every other year)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (offered every other year)
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3
V. Elective Courses 4
. ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (3)
ART 110 Survey of Art, LE (3)
ART 202 Intermediate Drawing (3)
ART 205 Figure Drawing (3)
COMM 326 Introduction to Writing and Web Design (4)
FILM 110 Introduction to Film History and Aesthetics (4)
THTR 190 The Performer's Body (2)
THTR 200/300 Special Topics (1-4)
THTR 270 World Drama (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)
.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE--PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS 60-64

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA in Theatre with a Technical Theatre Emphasis

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ART 101
THTR 180
THTR 127
THTR 129
Sophomore Year THTR 250
THTR 260
ART 209
THTR 220
THTR 228
Junior Year THTR 358
THTR 325 or 329
THTR 335
THTR 326
THTR 359
Any Elective
Senior Year THTR 328
THTR 440
Any Elective
THTR 328
THTR 480
THTR 490

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:

THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE
THTR 180 Acting I, LE

ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (3)
or
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE (2)

Note: The LE requirement satisfied by THTR 124, Survey of Theatre, is waived for all Theatre majors.

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Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
  Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. .
II. Required Courses 33-34
. ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (3)
or
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement (2)

ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup
THTR 180 Acting I, LE
THTR 190 The Performer's Body
THTR 220 Stage Management (offered every other year)
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop
THTR 250 Dramatic Theory and Criticism
THTR 270 World Drama (offered every other year)
THTR 303 Performance Studies (take twice)
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (offered every other year)
THTR 470 Directing (offered every other year)


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2
2
2
3
2
4
3
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2
3
III. Theatre History Courses 6
. THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (offered every other year)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (offered every other year)
3
3
IV. Theatre Elective Courses 9
. THTR 200/300 Special Topics (1-4)
THTR 280 Acting II (3)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)
THTR 325 Stage Lighting I (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (offered every other year) (3)

THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (2)
or
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2)

THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 372 Movement II (offered every other year) (2)
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 380 Acting III (offered every other year) (3)
THTR 440 Technical Theatre Internship (1-4)
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1-3)
.
V. General Elective Courses 4
  ART 209 Composition and Design (3)
COMM 326 Introduction to Writing and Web Design (4)
FILM 110 Introduction to Film History and Aesthetics (4)
HPW 210 Contemporary Dance (2)
HPW 225 Beginning Ballet (1)
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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE--PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS 60-61

Recommended Plan of Study for Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year ART 101 or THTR 230
THTR 180
THTR 127
THTR 190
Sophomore Year THTR 129
THTR 250
THTR 220
THTR 228
THTR 270
Junior Year THTR 358
THTR 303
Any Elective
THTR 359
THTR 371
Any Elective
Senior Year ENGL 232
THTR 303
Any Elective
THTR 470
THTR 480
Any Elective

Academic Minor in Theatre Arts

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 14
. THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup, LE
THTR 180 Acting I, LE
THTR 220 Stage Management
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop, LE
THTR 470 Directing
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2
2
3
2
3
II. Theatre History Courses 6
. THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (offered every other year)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (offered every other year)
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3
III. General Electives 6
. At least two credit hours must be 300- or 400-level

ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)
SPCH 220 Oral Interpretation (2)
THTR 190 The Performer's Body, LE (2)
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)
THTR 250 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (4)
THTR 260 Design for Theatre (3)
THTR 270 World Drama (3)
THTR 303 Performance Studies (1)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)
THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (2)
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2)
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)
THTR 350 Creative Dramatics (2)
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)
THTR 372 Movement II (2)
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (3)
THTR 381 Acting II (3)
THTR 401 Directed Studies (1-4)
THTR 440 Internship (1-8)
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar (1)
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1-3)
.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 26

Recommended Plan of Study for Theatre Minor

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year THTR 180 THTR 127
Sophomore Year THTR 129 THTR 228
Junior Year THTR 320
THTR 358
THTR 359
Any Elective
Senior Year Any elective THTR 470

Teaching Minor in Theatre Arts

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 18
  EDUC 390 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Theatre
SPCH 220 Oral Interpretation
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup, LE
THTR 180 Acting I, LE
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop, LE
THTR 350 Creative Dramatics
THTR 470 Directing
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2
2
2
2
2
2
3
II. Theatre History Courses 6
. THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (offered every other year)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (offered every other year)
3
3
III. General Electives 3
. At least two credit hours must be 300- or 400-level

ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)
THTR 190 The Performer's Body, LE (2)
THTR 250 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (4)
THTR 260 Design for Theatre (3)
THTR 270 World Drama (3)
THTR 303 Performance Studies (1)
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)
THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (2)
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2)
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)
THTR 372 Movement II (2)
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (3)
THTR 381 Acting II (3)
THTR 401 Directed Studies (1-4)
THTR 440 Internship (1-8)
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar (1)
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1-3)
.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 27

Recommended Plan of Study for Theatre Teaching Minor

. Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year THTR 180 THTR 127
Sophomore Year THTR 129
SPCH 220
THTR 228
Junior Year THTR 220
THTR 350
THTR 358
THTR 359
Any Elective
Senior Year EDUC 390
Any Elective
THTR 470