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    A key component of the program is original work written, performed, and produced by students
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Theatre

Theatre students at MTSU take center stage with hands-on production responsibilities in the theatre's main season. Choose a specialization in design and technology, performance, child drama, directing, or dance. Then, begin a carefully crafted progression of training. The 1,000-seat Tucker Theatre underwent extensive renovation in 2010, and the Studio Theatre black box provides space for student produced performances. Students use state-of-the-art lighting, costuming, and scenery equipment both in and out of the classroom. This experience is complimented by the most extensive dance program in the state.

Theatre program helps students succeed

Professionals practice craft on campus

Young artists get to network in the "tight-knit" theatre profession and learn about the work and style of various artists through visiting professionals in master classes, artist residencies, and performances. MTSU alum Lane Davies, a TV/film and stage actor; mime artist/Broadway Lion King actor Bill Bowers; and Richard Robichaux, a renowned actor and teacher, are among recent guest artists in residence. This is but one example of ways the program helps students succeed in their chosen field.

Theatre program provides students with an abundance of opportunities outside the traditional classroom

Theatre students sharpen skills in trips around globe

MTSU Theatre prides itself on providing students with an abundance of opportunities outside the traditional classroom. Through international study, students visit and study in locations across the globe. The department leads an annual London Winter trip and provides regular trips to locations such as Ireland, Russia, Latvia, and Finland, as well as Honduras.  On these trips, students gain additional training as they tour original productions, participate in workshops, or work with youth as they apply skills learned on campus. The London trip also includes stops at historic theaters.

Theatre majors are well trained for many careers, with graduates finding opportunities in professional or educational theatre, the entertainment industry, and related fields.


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Broadway production of Newsies
  • Busch Gardens
  • Disney World
  • Holland America Cruise Lines
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Nashville Children's Theatre
  • National Touring Company of Hair
  • Orlando Repertory Theatre
  • Stagedoor Manor
  • Tennessee Repertory Theatre
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival

 

Deborah Anderson
Professor 
deborah.anderson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2276
Office | Room 104, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 358, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Florida (1981)
B.F.A., University of Florida (1973)
A.A., Santa Fe Community College, FL (1971)
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Marsha Barsky
Assistant Professor | Director of Dance 
marsha.barsky@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7995
Office | Room 2, Fairview Building (FAIR) 
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Colorado, Boulder (2003)
B.F.A., Arizona State University, Tempe (1999)
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Scott Boyd
Professor | Director of Theatre
scott.boyd@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5506 
Office | Room 212, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA) 
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of North Carolina (1988)
B.A., Xavier University, OH (1985)
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Madia Cooper
Assistant Professor 
madia.cooper@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5023 

Degree Information
M.F.A., SUNY College Brockport, NY (2010)
B.F.A., Brenau University, GA (2004)
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Dr. Virginia Donnell
Professor 
virginia.donnell@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8745 
Office | Room 316B, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 250, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ed.D., Tennessee State University (2004)
M.F.A., Florida State University (1983)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1981)
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Brian Elliott
Lecturer
brian.elliott@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8186 
Office | Room 318, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA) 
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012)
B.F.A., Auburn University, AL (2005)
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Jeff Gibson
Chair of Speech and Theatre
jeff.gibson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2640
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2001)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1993)
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Dr. Jette Halladay
Professor 
jette.halladay@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5824
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Utah (1994)
B.A., Brigham Young University, ID (1982)
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Dr. Richard Hansen
Associate Professor 
richard.hansen@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2267
Office | Room 102, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia (1990)
M.A., University of Miami, FL (1976)
B.A., Valparaiso University, IN (1974)
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Dr. Crosby Hunt
Professor 
crosby.hunt@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2810 
Office | Room 210, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 131, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
D.A., Middle Tennessee State University (1993)
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University (1985)
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Kyle Kennedy
Associate Professor
kyle.kennedy@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8468
Office | Room 334, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Texas, Austin (1993)
B.S., Texas A & M University, College Station, TX (1987)
A.A., Wharton County Junior College, TX (1984)
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Jenna Kosowski
Assistant Professor 
jenna.kosowski@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8392 
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., Arizona State University, Tempe (2008)
B.S., New York University (2003)
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Darren Levin
Assistant Professor
darren.levin@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2275
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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Tommy Macon
Professor
tommy.macon@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8474
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1996)
B.A., University of Alabama, Birmingham (1993)
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Beverly Norcross
Assistant Professor 
beverly.norcross@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8691
Office | Room 205, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., California State University, Fullerton (1981)
B.A., California State University, Long Beach (1978)
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Brad Oxnam
Lecturer 
brad.oxnam@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2269
Office | Room 352, Jones Hall (JH) 
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Southern Mississippi (2006)
B.A., Delta State University, MS (2003)
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Kristi Shamburger
Assistant Professor 
kristi.shamburger@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8826
Office | Room 354, Jones Hall (JH)
Mail | MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1996)
B.M., Baldwin-Wallace College, OH (1991)
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The department offers a major in Speech and Theatre with concentrations in either Theatre or Communication Studies; one can earn either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

The Dance Cognate is an 18-hour course of study connected to a Theatre concentration.

Speech and Theatre is also the home department for an interdisciplinary major in Organizational Communication, through which one can earn a B.S.

Undergraduate minors in Communication Studies, Dance, Entertainment Arts Design, Organizational Communication, and Theatre are available. There is a graduate minor in Speech and Theatre.

Teaching Licensure in Theatre

The Speech and Theatre Department offers one teacher licensure program: Theatre (grades K–12).

Students will complete a major in Speech and Theatre with a concentration in Theatre. Students wishing to teach must complete a Teacher Licensure in Theatre cognate. There is also a Secondary Education minor requirement. Students must contact their Secondary Education minor advisors for approval of appropriate courses. (For specific procedures and additional requirements for teacher licensure, see the College of Education.)

Theatre Teacher Licensure K-12 Theatre (B.A.) Theatre (B.S.) 

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Teacher Licensure-Theatre, K-12 Academic Map

Department of Speech and Theatre
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/ for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
THEA 200012.00 or higher req. THEA 382032.00 or higher req.
THEA 21003Coreq: THEA 2900 THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part.
THEA 25003See major advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3See major advisor
THEA 29001Theatre program part. Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1) 4     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
THEA 305032.00 or higher req. THEA 370032.00 or higher req.
THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part. THEA 49001Comp. 1 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 2 end
COMM 2200 (Comm)3See major advisor THEA 3600 (cognate)3See major advisor
MATH (Math)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop. ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303Apply for adm. to teacher education Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
    YOED 25003Prereq; see advisor
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
THEA 4800 or THEA 48103See major/minor adv. THEA 4800 or THEA 48103See major/minor adv.
THEA 49001Portfolio compilation and resume develop THEA 49903Comp. 2 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 3 end
THEA 3300, THEA 4220, or THEA 44003(cognate) THEA 4610 (cognate)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
THEA 3500, THEA 3510, or THEA 35203(cognate) HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3Theatre Student Rev. after 60 hours Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3File UD and Intent to Graduate forms
YOED 30003Prereq; see advisor YOED 33003Prereq; see advisor
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL18 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40206Prereq; see advisor YOED 440012Prereq; see advisor
THEA UD elective (cognate)3See advisor   Exit interview
THEA UD elective (cognate)3See LA grad. analyst  Gen. Ed. test
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
THEA 200012.00 or higher req. THEA 382032.00 or higher req.
THEA 21003Coreq: THEA 2900 THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part.
THEA 25003See major advisor ENGL 1010 (Comm)3 See major advisor
THEA 29001Theatre program part. Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4     
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
ENGL 1020 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL4 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
THEA 305032.00 or higher req. THEA 370032.00 or higher req.
THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003See major advisor THEA 49001Comp. 1 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 2 end
COMM 2200 (Comm)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop. THEA 3600 (cognate)3See major advisor
MATH (Math)3Apply for adm. to teacher education  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
    YOED 25003Prereq; see advisor
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3     
SUBTOTAL6  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
THEA 4800 or THEA 48103See major/minor adv. THEA 4800 or THEA 48103See major/minor adv.
THEA 49001Portfolio completion and resume develop. THEA 49903Comp. 2 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 3 end
THEA 3300, THEA 4220, or THEA 4400 (cognate)3Theatre Student Rev. after 60 hours THEA 4610 (cognate)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
THEA 3500, THEA 3510, or THEA 3520 (cognate)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3File UD and Intent to Graduate forms
YOED 30003Prereq; see advisor    
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3   3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40206Prereq; see advisor YOED 440012Prereq; see advisor
THEA UD elective (cognate)3See advisor   Exit interview
THEA UD elective (cognate)3See LA grad. analyst   Gen. Ed. test
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Theatre (B.A.) Academic Map

Department of Speech and Theatre
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/ for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
THEA 200012.00 or higher req. THEA 382032.00 or higher req.
THEA 21003Coreq: THEA 2900 THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part.
THEA 25003See major advisor before registering ENGL 1020 (Comm)3See major advisor before registering
THEA 29001Theatre program part. Foreign lang. 1010 or general elective3See dept./advisor
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
THEA 305032.00 or higher req. THEA 370032.00 or higher req.
THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part. THEA 49001Comp. 1 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 2 end
COMM 2200 (Comm)3See major advisor THEA cognate course3See major advisor
MATH (Math)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop. ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA) 3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
Foreign lang. 1020 or general elective3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303Summer internship rec.
    Foreign language 20103 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
THEA 4800 or THEA 481032.00 or higher req. THEA 4800 or THEA 481032.00 or higher req.
Theatre cognate course3Theatre program part. Theatre cognate course3Theatre program part.
Minor course (non-theatre)3See major/minor adv. Minor course (non-theatre)3See major advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop. HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
Foreign language 20203Theatre Student Rev. after 60 hours Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3File UD and Intent to Graduate forms
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Theatre cognate course32.00 or higher req. THEA 499032.00 or higher req.
Theatre cognate course3Theatre program part. THEA 49001Comp. 2 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 4 end
Minor course (non-theatre)3See major advisor Theatre cognate course3Exit interview
Minor course (non-theatre)3  Minor course (non-theatre)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3See LA grad. analyst Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3Gen. Ed. test
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
THEA 200012.00 or higher req. THEA 382032.00 or higher req.
THEA 21003Coreq: THEA 2900 THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part.
THEA 25003See major advisor ENGL 1010 (Comm)3See major advisor
THEA 29001Theatre program part. Foreign language 1010 or general elective3See dept./advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4     
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
ENGL 1020 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL4 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
THEA 305032.00 or higher req. THEA 370032.00 or higher req.
THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part. THEA 49001Comp. 1 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 2 end
COMM 2200 (Comm)3See major advisor Theatre cognate course3See major advisor
Foreign language 1020 or general elective3Portfolio compilation and resume develop. ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
    Foreign language 20103Summer internship recommended
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
MATH (Math)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3     
SUBTOTAL6  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
THEA 4800 or THEA 481032.00 or higher req. THEA 4800 or THEA 481032.00 or higher req.
Theatre cognate course3See major/minor adv. Theatre cognate course3See major advisor
Minor course (non-theatre)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop. Minor course (non-theatre)3 
Foreign language 20203Theatre Student Rev. after 60 hours Hum/FA3File UD and Intent to Graduate forms
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Theatre cognate course32.00 or higher req. THEA 499032.00 or higher req.
Theatre cognate course3Theatre program part. THEA 49001Comp. 2 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 4 end
Minor course (non-theatre)3See major advisor Theatre cognate course3Exit interview
Minor course (non-theatre)3See LA grad. analyst Minor course (non-theatre)3Gen. Ed. test
    Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL 12  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Theatre (B.S.) Academic Map

Department of Speech and Theatre
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/ for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
THEA 200012.00 or higher req. THEA 382032.00 or higher req.
THEA 21003Coreq: THEA 2900 THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part.
THEA 25003See major advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3See major advisor
THEA 29001Theatre program part. Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
THEA 305032.00 or higher req. THEA 370032.00 or higher req.
THEA 3100, THEA 3200 or THEA 34003Theatre program part. THEA 49001Comp. 1 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 2 end
COMM 2200 (Comm)3See major advisor THEA cognate course3See major advisor
MATH (Math)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop. ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
    Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3Summer internship recommended
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
THEA 4800 or THEA 481032.00 or higher req. THEA 4800 or THEA 481032.00 or higher req.
Theatre cognate course3Theatre program part. Theatre cognate course3Theatre program part.
Minor course (non-theatre)3See major/minor adv. Minor courses (non-theatre)3See major advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3Portfolio completion and resume develop. Minor course (non-theatre)3Portfolio completion and resume develop.
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3Theatre Student Rev. after 60 hours General elective3File UD and Intent to Graduate forms
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Theatre cognate course32.00 or higher req. THEA 499032.00 or higher req.
Theatre cognate course3Theatre program part. THEA 49001Comp. 2 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 4 end
Minor course (non-theatre)3See major advisor Theatre cognate course3Exit interview
Minor course (non-theatre)3See LA grad. analyst Minor course (non-theatre)3Gen. Ed. test
General elective3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
THEA 200012.00 or higher req. THEA 382032.00 or higher req.
THEA 21003Coreq: THEA 2900 THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part.
THEA 25003See major advisor ENGL 1010 (Comm)3See major advisor
THEA 29001Theatre program part. Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4     
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
ENGL 1020 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL4 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
THEA 305032.00 or higher req. THEA 370032.00 or higher req.
THEA 3100, THEA 3200, or THEA 34003Theatre program part. THEA 49001Comp. 1 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 2 end
COMM 2200 (Comm)3See major advisor Theatre Cognate course3See major advisor
MATH (Math)3Portfoli o compilation and resume develop. ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
    HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303Summer internship recommended
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
General elective3     
SUBTOTAL6  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
THEA 4800 or THEA 481032.00 or higher req. THEA 4800 or THEA 481032.00 or higher req.
Theatre cognate course3See major/minor adv. Theatre cognate course3See major advisor
Minor course (non-theatre)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop. Minor course (non-theatre)3Portfolio compilation and resume develop.
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3Theatre Student Rev. after 60 hours General elective3File UD and Intent to Graduate forms
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  Minor course (non-theatre)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Theatre cognate course32.00 or higher req. THEA 49001Comp. 2 hr. of THEA 4900 by year 4 end
Theatre cognate course3Theatre program part. THEA 49903Exit interview
Minor course (non-theatre)3See major advisor Theatre cognate course3Gen. Ed. test
Minor course (non-theatre)3See LA grad. analyst Minor course (non-theatre)3 
    General elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

Theatre

THEA 1030 - Theatre Appreciation
3 credit hours
Overview of theatre as an art form. Appreciation and understanding of the production process. Can be used to satisfy part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement.

THEA 1910 - Production Practicum for the Governor's School for the
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. For students involved with the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Designed to give experience in specific areas of theatre study while students prepare for the Finale production. Topics range from performance to technical crews.

THEA 2000 - Introduction to Theatre Studies
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Introductory study of theatre as an art and a profession for theatre majors and other interested students with a focus on the expectations and requirements of the MTSU Theatre program.

THEA 2100 - Introduction to Production Practices
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Open to Theatre majors only. Corequisite: THEA 2900. Lectures and seminars in the techniques of planning, building, painting, and handling all types of scenery; knowledge of theatre architecture and how sets are mounted, shifted, and run. Laboratory hours and/or crew required.

THEA 2110 - Stagecraft
3 credit hours
Lectures and practical experience in the techniques of planning, building, painting, and handling all types of scenery; knowledge of theatre architecture and how sets are mounted, shifted, and run.

THEA 2500 - Acting I
3 credit hours
Open to Theatre majors only. Fundamentals of the acting process examined through improvisation, characterization, text analysis, and basic acting technique.

THEA 2510 - Acting for Non-Majors
3 credit hours
For non-theatre majors only. Basic theory and practice of acting for the non-theatre major. Emphasis on the understanding and exploration of the actor’s tools and the application of basic skills through the creative process.

THEA 2900 - Production Practicum II
1 credit hour
Corequisite: THEA 2100. Examines the execution of the various scenic elements covered in THEA 2100 as well as the safety requirements of the scene shop and its equipment.

THEA 3000 - Sound Design for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Theory and practice of theatrical sound designers conducted through classroom lecture and practical project. Utilizes tools, equipment, and techniques of sound designers with emphasis on design process and critical methods of study. Technical performance production component expected. Laboratory hours required.

THEA 3050 - Theatrical Design Concepts
3 credit hours
A study of visual communication and aesthetic design for the theatre with an emphasis on design conception and process. An overview of the history of theatrical design and dynamics of collaborative process. Explores design process, theory, and principles through the execution of projects, papers, and examinations.  

THEA 3100 - Make-Up Techniques for Performers
3 credit hours
Application of make-up techniques and concepts for performers in theatre, television, film, dance, opera, and other performing arts. Laboratory hours and/or crew requirement.

THEA 3200 - Introduction to Costume for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Overview of costume in the arts and entertainment; an orientation to costume, design, management, technology, wardrobe practices, and costume critique methods through projects developed through research, problem-solving, and documentation; focus on student career and portfolio development. Laboratory hours and/or crew requirement.

THEA 3300 - Scene Design
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3050 or permission of instructor. Lectures and practical experience in planning and designing settings for the stage. Emphasis on forms and styles of scenery, historical period research designers, and new theatrical materials, methods, and techniques. Major projects in set design.

THEA 3310 - Technical Drawing for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 2100 or THEA 2110. Lectures and projects in all phases of technical drawing for the theatre and related arts and entertainment disciplines. Developing technical drawing skills needed for scenic, lighting, and technical direction areas using both manual and CAD techniques. Purchase of supplies necessary.

THEA 3400 - Introduction to Lighting for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 2100 or THEA 2110. Lectures and practical experience in the methods and techniques of lighting for the stage. Emphasis on developing plots through knowledge of electricity, circuitry, instrumentation, and control equipment. Major projects in lighting design. Laboratory hours and/or crew requirement.

THEA 3500 - Stage Movement
3 credit hours
A theoretical and practical study of stage movement. Styles and techniques for physical realization of character and performance.

THEA 3510 - Acting II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 2500, THEA 3520, or permission of instructor. A continuation of the principles explored in THEA 2500 with a greater emphasis on scene work, text analysis, and character development.

THEA 3520 - Voice for the Actor I
3 credit hours
A practical study of the human vocal mechanism and its use in acting. Techniques for breathing, alignment, resonance, articulation, and projection taught to help actors achieve a healthy, flexible, and expressive vocal instrument. Significant physical activity component required.

THEA 3530 - Voice for the Actor II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3520 or permission of instructor. A continuation of THEA 3520. Advanced study of vocal technique and production for the stage. Significant physical activity component required.

THEA 3600 - Child Drama
3 credit hours
Methodology for using theatre and theatre techniques for teaching children in various venues. Motivational, self-directed learning through creative drama, improvisation, role-playing, and theatre games.

THEA 3700 - Fundamentals of Play Directing
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 2500 and THEA 3820. Director as literary and production critic. Play analysis, production concepts, staging, theory and techniques; rehearsal methods and procedures. Scene work.

THEA 3800 - Introduction to Arts Management
3 credit hours
(Same as ORCO 3800.) Management of a not-for-profit arts organization. Topics include organizational design, strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, and fundraising within the context of a visual or performing arts organization. Guest lecturers from regional arts organizations. Projects and discussion for individual interests in various arts disciplines.  

THEA 3810 - Stage Management
3 credit hours
Explores the role and function of the stage manager in creating live theatre. Focuses on the duties, terminology, and required skills and traits of an effective stage manager. Laboratory hours required and/or crew requirement.

THEA 3820 - Script Analysis
3 credit hours
Analysis of plays for the purposes of directing, designing, or acting in productions.

THEA 3870 - Women in Theatre
3 credit hours
Women's representation and participation in Western theatre from ancient Greece to the present.

THEA 3910 - Internship in Theatre
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, successful completion of 15 credit hours (not including THEA 4900), and permission of department. Students undertake supervised work experiences in a professional theatre setting and/or in arts education organizations. Experiences offered to enhance student's understanding and development of skills for work in the profession. Paper-based projects also required.

THEA 4110 - Make-Up Design and Creation
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: THEA 3100 or permission of instructor. Designed to meet individual and group needs; an intensive application of make-up design incorporating all aspects of make-up in the performing arts focusing on in-depth historical research, advanced techniques, hair/wig design, creative problem-solving, and portfolio and resume development. Laboratory hours required.

THEA 4190 - Topics in Make-up for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3100 or permission of instructor. Designed to meet individual needs for advanced study in make-up for entertainment and the arts. Topics to be determined at time of scheduling. A maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied toward a degree.

THEA 4220 - Costume Design for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: THEA 3050 and THEA 3200 or permission of instructor. Costume design in the performing arts; an orientation to the costume application of design and development principles through costume design projects developed through research for various performance venues with a focus on student career and portfolio development.

THEA 4230 - Advanced Costume Design for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 4220 or permission of instructor. Designed to meet individual and group needs for advanced study and principles in theatrical costume design. Projects developed through in-depth research for various performance venues with a focus on student career and portfolio development.

THEA 4280 - Topics in Costume for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Designed to meet individual needs for advanced study in costume for entertainment and the arts. Topic to be determined at time of scheduling. A maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied toward a degree.

THEA 4290 - Problems in Theatre
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Designed to meet individual and/or group needs in all aspects of theatre arts. Topic and credit to be determined at the time of scheduling. A maximum of 6 semester hours credit may be applied toward a degree.

THEA 4300 - Advanced Scenic Design
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3300 or permission of instructor. Advanced methods and theories of scenic design. A strong emphasis on practical projects, the design process, and critical methods of study. Includes components on design history and theory/criticism.

THEA 4390 - Topics in Scenography
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Designed to meet individual and group needs for advanced study in theatre. Topic to be determined at time of scheduling. A maximum of 6 semester hours credit may be applied toward a degree.

THEA 4400 - Intermediate Lighting for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: THEA 3050 and THEA 3400 or permission of instructor. Advanced methods and theories of lighting design. Strong emphasis on practical projects, design process, and critical methods of study. Includes components on design history and theory/criticism.

THEA 4480 - Advanced Lighting Practicum for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: THEA 3400 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of lighting design for arts and entertainment. Extensive practical and realized projects that utilize the tools, equipment, and techniques of the lighting designer with an emphasis on the design process and critical methods of study. Laboratory hours required.

THEA 4490 - Topics in Lighting for Arts and Entertainment
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Designed to meet individual needs for advanced study in lighting for entertainment and the arts. Topic to be determined at time of scheduling. A maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied toward a degree.

THEA 4560 - Acting III
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3500, THEA 3510, or permission of instructor. Audition technique. A practicum for selecting, preparing, and performing a variety of audition monologues. Develop skills in cold reading; prepare a professional resume; discuss headshots; and research the role of agents, casting directors, and unions in the casting process.

THEA 4570 - The Body Intelligent: A Study of the Alexander Techniqu
3 credit hours
(Same as DANC 4570/MUS 4570.) For those interested in improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination in daily activity.

THEA 4580 - Acting IV
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 4560 or permission of instructor. Styles of acting. Study and practice of technique for performing in period, stylized, or non-realistic drama. Develop skills in verse and other heightened language texts with special emphasis on performing Shakespeare. Other styles may include, but are not limited to, the Greeks, Comedy of Manners, and Absurdism.

THEA 4590 - Topics in Acting
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3510 or permission of instructor. Designed to meet individual needs for advanced study in acting. Topic to be determined at time of scheduling. A maximum of 6 semester hours may be applied toward a degree

THEA 4600 - Storytelling
3 credit hours
Instruction and experience in the art of storytelling. Individually designed course requirements for educational, professional, corporate, and personal storytelling techniques.

THEA 4610 - Theatre in Education
3 credit hours
For current and prospective teachers. Integration of drama across the curriculum. The creation, construction, performance, and touring of a play for elementary school children.

THEA 4620 - Drama Across the Curriculum: Practicum
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3600 and/or permission of department. Advanced techniques and methods for teaching core curriculum in upper elementary classes using drama and role-playing. Practicum experiences provided.

THEA 4690 - International Studies in Theatre
3 credit hours
A short-term international theatre experience designed to broaden international and cultural awareness and to promote international theatrical exchanges. Class may be repeated for up to six credit hours if destination is the same country or up to a total of nine credit hours if the country designation varies.

THEA 4700 - Advanced Play Directing
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3700. Case studies and problem solving of rehearsals and production. Director's relationship with designers. Investigation of style. Rehearsal and presentation of a one-act play.

THEA 4800 - Theatre History I: Greek Period to Restoration
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. The development of drama and the theatre; critical study of representative plays of the period.

THEA 4810 - Theatre History II: Restoration to Present
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. The development of drama and the theatre; critical study of representative plays of the period.

THEA 4820 - Playwriting
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 3820 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice in the creation of original plays. Development and revision of original scripts while studying the methods and works of influential playwrights.

THEA 4830 - Advanced Playwriting
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: THEA 4820. Further application of dramatic structure through writing, reading, responding, and revising workshop format.

THEA 4850 - Development for Arts Organizations
3 credit hours
(Same as ORCO 4850.) Prerequisite: THEA 3800. Development of not-for-profit arts organizations. Focuses on comprehensive approaches to fundraising. Includes not-for-profit arts organizations, board structures, and the terminology and tools of the fundraising profession. Ideal for future artist, not-for-profit manager, or those interested in fundraising.

THEA 4890 - Topics in Playwrights and Dramatic Theory
3 credit hours
Selected major playwrights linked by theme or a particular genre of dramatic theory; an intensive examination of plays which either survey playwrights' careers or represent a significant portion of a genre's canon. May be repeated for credit once.

THEA 4900 - Production Practicum IV
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Specific area of study in relation to a particular theatrical event or production during a given semester. Topics range from the performance to technical crews. Students may take up to four times, but only three hours will count towards graduation.

THEA 4950 - Directed Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Available only to students in Speech and Theatre who have completed 50 percent of the coursework in the Theatre concentration and have an overall GPA of 3.2 for their last 30 hours of study; permission of department required. Proposals must be submitted and approved by theatre and dance faculty the semester prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment. Individualized intensive instruction for students to pursue research and creative activity in a specialized area with faculty mentorship.

THEA 4990 - Senior Seminar
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Theatre majors only; successful completion of 75 credit hours and permission of department. A capstone to the Theatre major’s undergraduate career and preparation for transition to the professional theatre or graduate study. Includes lectures, workshops, professional guest speakers, and discussion sessions. Students will complete various paper-based projects including a senior project, resume, and portfolio construction.