2013–2014 Theatre Arts Program (THTR)

Program Goals | Objectives | B.F.A. Performance | B.F.A. Technical | B.A. in Theatre | Academic Minor | Teaching Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: David Dynak, Jared Larkin, 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.) 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.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Theatre major:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Performance Emphasis


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:    
HPW 220 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
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.    

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
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 (2)    

MUSC 191 Private Lessons (Voice I) (1)
and

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

  see course description
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 190 The Performer’s Body—spring of odd year (2)    
THTR 220 Stage Management—offered spring of even year (3)    
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2*)    
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE (2)    
THTR 250 Dramatic Theory and Criticism—fall of odd year (4)    
THTR 280 Acting II (3)   THTR 180 (LE) or consent of instructor
III. Upper Division Performance Courses 23  
THTR 303 Performance Studies (take twice) (1, 1)    
THTR 327 Advanced Theatre Acting Workshop (2*)   THTR 180 (LE), 228 (LE) or equivalent, audition, consent of instructor
THTR 330 Intermediate Dance and Movement (2)    
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)—offered spring of odd years   THTR 180 (LE), 280, (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)—offered fall of odd years    
THTR 372 Movement II (2)—offered spring of odd years    
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (3)—offered fall of odd years    
THTR 380 Acting III (3)—offered spring of odd years    
THTR 470 Directing (3)—offered spring of even years   THTR 127 (LE), 129 (LE), 180 (LE), 228 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar (1)   senior standing, consent of advisor
IV. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)—offered fall of even years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)—offered spring of odd years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
V. Elective Courses 4  
COMM 326 Introduction to Writing and Web Design (4)    
ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)   ENGL 110 (LE)
FILM 310 Film Theory (4)   FILM 110 (LE)
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 (3)—offered fall of odd years   ENGL 220 (LE) or THTR 250 or consent of instructor
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)    
THTR 385 Musical Theatre (3)—offered spring of odd years    
THTR 490 Senior Project (1–3)   senior standing and consent of
instructor
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE—PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS 67  

*Note: Although THTR 228 and THTR 327 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward major requirements. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

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


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:    
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (3)    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
Note: The LE requirement satisfied by THTR 124, Survey of Theatre, is waived for all Theatre majors.    

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
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 (3)    
ART 209 Composition and Design (3)    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (3)    
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)—offered spring of even years    
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2*)    
THTR 250 Dramatic Theory and Criticism—fall of odd years (4)    
THTR 260 Design for the Theatre (3)—offered fall of odd years    
III. Upper Division Performance Courses 23  
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2, 2*)—take twice   THTR 228 (LE) or equivalent, consent of instructor
THTR 325 Stage Lighting (3)—offered alternate years
or
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)—offered alternate years
  THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 129 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)—offered spring of odd years    
THTR 440 Internship in Technical Theatre (1–3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
junior/senior standing, consent of instructor, see course description
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar (1)—should be taken during spring semester of student’s last year   senior standing and consent of
advisor
THTR 490 Senior Project in Theatre (1–3)   senior standing and consent of
advisor
IV. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)—offered fall of even years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)—offered spring of odd years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
V. Elective Courses 6  
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (3)    
ART 110 Survey of Art, LE (3)    
ART 202 Intermediate Drawing (3)   ART 101 (LE)
ART 205 Figure Drawing (3)   ART 101 (LE)
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 (3)—offered fall of odd years    
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)   ENGL 220 (LE) or THTR 250
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE—TECHNICAL THEATRE EMPHASIS 60–64  

*Note: Although THTR 228 and THTR 327 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward major requirements. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

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
Any Elective
THTR 326
THTR 335
THTR 359
Senior Year THTR 328
THTR 440
Any Elective
THTR 328
THTR 480
THTR 490

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
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.    

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
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 (4)   ENGL 110 (LE)
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 190 The Performer’s Body (2)    

THTR 220 Stage Management (3)—offered spring of even years
   
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2)*    
THTR 250 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (4)    
THTR 270 World Drama (3)—offered fall of odd years    
THTR 303 Performance Studies (1)—take twice    
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)—offered fall of odd years    
THTR 470 Directing (3)—offered spring of even years   THTR 127 (LE), 129 (LE), 180 (LE), 228 (LE) or consent of instructor
III. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)—offered fall of even years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)—offered spring of odd years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
IV. Theatre Elective Courses 6  
ART 310 Art History: Emergence to the Renaissance (4)   ART 110 (LE); ENGL 110 (LE)
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4)   ART 110 (LE); ENGL 110 (LE)
ART 312 History of Contemporary Art (4)   ART 110 (LE); ENGL 110 (LE)
V. General Elective Courses 6  
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)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BA IN THEATRE 60–61  

*Note: Although THTR 228, THTR 327, and THTR 328 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward required courses and two credits toward elective courses. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

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 Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 14  
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup, LE (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)    
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop, LE (2)    
THTR 470 Directing (3)  
THTR (LE) 127, (LE) 129, (LE) 180 228 (LE) or consent of instructor
II. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)—offered fall of even years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)—spring of odd years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
III. General Electives 6  
At least two credit hours must be 300- or 400-level    
ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)   ENGL 110 (LE)
SPCH 220 Oral Interpretation (2)—offered alternate years   SPCH 111 or THTR 180 (LE)
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 280 Acting II (3)    
THTR 303 Performance Studies (1)    
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)   ENGL 220 or THTR 250
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (2)*   THTR 180 (LE), 228 (LE) or equivalent,
audition, consent of instructor
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2)*   THTR 228 (LE) or equivalent,
consent of instructor
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)   THTR 129 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 350 Creative Dramatics (2)—offered alternate years    
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)   THTR 180 (LE), 280 or consent of instructor
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)    
THTR 372 Movement II (2)    
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (3)    
THTR 401 Directed Studies (1–4)   consent of instructor and school dean
THTR 440 Internship (1–8)   junior/senior standing, consent of instructor, see course description
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar (1)   senior standing, consent of advisor
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1–3)   senior standing, consent of advisor
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 26  

*Note: Although THTR 228, THTR 327, and THTR 328 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward required courses and two credits toward elective courses. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

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 220
THTR 358

THTR 359
Any elective

Senior Year Any elective THTR 470

Teaching Minor in Theatre Arts

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 18–19  
SPCH 220 Oral Interpretation (2)—offered alternate years   SPCH 111 or THTR 180 (LE)
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup, LE (2)
or
   
THTR 260 Design for Theatre (3)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)    
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop, LE (2)    
THTR 350 Creative Dramatics (2)—offered alternate years    
THTR 470 Directing (3)   THTR 127 (LE), 129 (LE), 180 (LE), 228 (LE) or consent of instructor
II. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)—offered alternate years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)—offered alternate years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
III. General Electives 3  
At least two credit hours must be 300- or 400-level    
ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)   ENGL 110 (LE)
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)   ENGL 220 (LE) or THTR 250
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (2)*   THTR 180 (LE), 228 (LE) or equivalent, audition, consent of instructor
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2)*   THTR 228 (LE) or equivalent,
consent of instructor
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)   THTR 129 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)   THTR 180 (LE), 280 (LE) or equivalent or consent of instructor
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)   consent of instructor and school dean
THTR 440 Internship (1–8)   consent of instructor or school dean
junior/senior standing, consent of instructor, see course description
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar (1)   senior standing, consent of advisor
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1–3)   senior standing, consent of advisor
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 27–28  

*Note: Although THTR 228, THTR 327, and THTR 328 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward required courses and two credits toward elective courses. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

Recommended Plan of Study for Theatre Teaching Minor

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year THTR 180 THTR 127
Sophomore Year THTR 129 or 360
SPCH 220
THTR 220
THTR 228
Junior Year THTR 350
THTR 358

THTR 359
Any elective

Senior Year Any elective THTR 470