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Theatre

Theatre majors at MTSU take center stage with hands-on production responsibilities in the theatre's main season. Students enter a comprehensive program that includes all areas of performance and design/technology, theatre in education, and dance. Theory and instruction are infused with a carefully crafted progression of hands-on experience and 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.

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 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

 

The Speech and Theatre Department offers a major in Theatre; one can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with either a Theatre or Dance 18–hour cognate course of study.

The department offers also a major in Speech and Theatre with a concentration in Communication Studies in which one can earn either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Speech and Theatre is 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 wishing to teach must complete a Teacher Licensure Theatre cognate and Secondary Education minor. 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.S.) 


Theatre, Teacher Licensure, B.S.

Department of Theatre and Dance
Jeff Gibson, program coordinator
Jeff.Gibson@mtsu.edu

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

Students will complete a Theatre major. Students 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 College of Education.)

Students majoring in Theatre must receive a grade of C (2.00) or better in all courses in their major for the course to count as a prerequisite or to count toward graduation.

Required Courses (34 Hours)

Students must complete the following required Theatre courses:

  • THEA 2000 - Introduction to Theatre Studies  1 credit hour credit hours  

    THEA 2000 - Introduction to Theatre Studies

    1 credit hour credit hours

    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 2500 - Acting I  3 credit hours  

    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 2900 - Production Practicum II  1 credit hour credit hours  

    THEA 2900 - Production Practicum II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    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 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 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 3820 - Script Analysis  3 credit hours  

    THEA 3820 - Script Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Analysis of plays for the purposes of directing, designing, or acting in productions.

  • 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 4900 - Production Practicum IV  1 credit hour credit hours  (take twice for 2 credit hours)

    THEA 4900 - Production Practicum IV

    1 credit hour credit hours

    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 4990 - Senior Seminar  3 credit hours  

    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.

 

6 hours from

  • 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 3400 - Lighting for Arts and Entertainment I

    3 credit hours

    Lectures and practical experience in the methods and techniques of lighting for the stage. Emphasis on creation of lighting design for performance through the study and knowledge of electricity, circuity, instrumentation, control equipment, and fundamental properties of lighting design. Major projects in lighting design. Crew requirement.

Teacher Licensure in Theatre Cognate (18 hours)

  • THEA 3600 - Child Drama  3 credit hours  

    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 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.

 

Choose one of the following:

  • THEA 3500 - Stage Movement  3 credit hours  

    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  

    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.

 

Choose one of the following:

  • THEA 3300 - Scene Design  3 credit hours  

    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 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 4400 - Lighting for Arts and Entertainment II

    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.

 

  • Choose two THEA 3000- or 4000-level courses 6 credit hours

Recommended Curriculum: Theatre, Teacher Licensure

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

All students pursuing a major within this department must complete the General Education requirements. The following is a suggested pattern of study for the first two years; however, consultation with the assigned advisor is necessary before each registration.

Freshman

 

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Major courses as advised 14 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Major courses as advised 13 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

Subtotal: 34 Hours

 

Senior

 

Subtotal: 24 Hours

 

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Theatre, Teacher Licensure, B.S., Academic Map 


Theatre, B.S.

Department of Theatre and Dance
Jeff Gibson, program coordinator
Jeff.Gibson@mtsu.edu

The major in Theatre is designed to provide students with maximum opportunities to develop theoretical and practical appreciation of theatre arts. Preparation is offered for the pursuit of graduate study in a number of fields or for entry into professions including secondary school teaching and professional theatre.

Students majoring in Theatre must receive a grade of C (2.00) or better in all courses in their major for the course to count as a prerequisite or to count toward graduation.

Students pursuing the B.S. degree must complete a cognate and one minor. The minor must not require any courses with a THEA prefix.

Required Courses (34 hours)

Students must complete the following required Theatre courses:

  • THEA 2000 - Introduction to Theatre Studies  1 credit hour credit hours  

    THEA 2000 - Introduction to Theatre Studies

    1 credit hour credit hours

    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 2500 - Acting I  3 credit hours  

    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 2900 - Production Practicum II  1 credit hour credit hours  

    THEA 2900 - Production Practicum II

    1 credit hour credit hours

    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 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 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 3820 - Script Analysis  3 credit hours  

    THEA 3820 - Script Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Analysis of plays for the purposes of directing, designing, or acting in productions.

  • 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 4900 - Production Practicum IV  1 credit hour credit hours  (taken twice for 2 credit hours)

    THEA 4900 - Production Practicum IV

    1 credit hour credit hours

    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 4990 - Senior Seminar  3 credit hours  

    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.

 

6 hours from

  • 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 3400 - Lighting for Arts and Entertainment I

    3 credit hours

    Lectures and practical experience in the methods and techniques of lighting for the stage. Emphasis on creation of lighting design for performance through the study and knowledge of electricity, circuity, instrumentation, control equipment, and fundamental properties of lighting design. Major projects in lighting design. Crew requirement.

Cognates

Students may select from the following two cognates:

Theatre (18 hours)

  • Select 18 hours from upper-division (3000 or 4000 level) courses in THEA in consultation with an advisor

Dance (18 hours)

  • DANC 1000 - Dance Appreciation

    3 credit hours

    Dance as an expressive art form, a symbolic language, and an integral aspect of world cultures. Lecture/discussion course for the general student population. Not a performance or activity course.

  • DANC 2000 - Introduction to Dance Studies

    3 credit hours

    An overview of the contemporary dance scene and its recent history in aesthetics, scholarship, and in the marketplace. Offered Spring semester only.

  • DANC 3010 - Modern Dance Techniques III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2010 or permission of instructor. Advanced studio technique. Meets four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

  • DANC 3040 - Ballet Techniques III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2040. Advanced ballet techniques. Meets for four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum credit of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

  • DANC 4110 - Choreography II  3 credit hours  

    DANC 4110 - Choreography II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 4100 or permission of instructor. Directed study of a choreographic project. Exploration of choreographic techniques to develop an original group dance and the execution of plans for costumes, lighting, make-up, and sound. Offered spring semester only.

  • DANC 4800 - History of Dance  3 credit hours  

    DANC 4800 - History of Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2000  A survey of dance from primitive to the present with an emphasis on the style and techniques of dance as it was performed.Offered fall semester only.

Recommended Curriculum: Theatre

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

All students pursuing a major within this department must complete the General Education requirements. The following is a suggested pattern of study for the first two years; however, consultation with the assigned advisor is necessary before each registration.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Major courses as advised 14 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Major courses as advised 13 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Theatre, B.S., Academic Map 

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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 2000 - Introduction to Theatre Studies
1 credit hour credit

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 credit

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 - Theatrical Drafting: Theory and Technique
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: THEA 2100 or THEA 2110 or permission of instructor. Study of communication of the theatrical design concept through rendering, drafting, and technical drawing. Emphasis on developing drawing and drafting skills needed for theatre and entertainment design/technology utilizing both manual and CAD techniques.

THEA 3400 - Lighting for Arts and Entertainment I
3 credit hours

Lectures and practical experience in the methods and techniques of lighting for the stage. Emphasis on creation of lighting design for performance through the study and knowledge of electricity, circuity, instrumentation, control equipment, and fundamental properties of lighting design. Major projects in lighting design. 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 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 - Lighting for Arts and Entertainment II
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 4490 - Advanced 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: 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: 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

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 credit

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 Theatre and Dance 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.

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