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CA: Theater (B.A.)


Convener: Faculty:
H. Beba Shamash Mary Ellen Allison
Rachel Budin
Peter A. Campbell
Maria Vail
Terra Vandergaw
Jo Winiarski

Concentrations: Acting, Design/Technical,
Directing/Stage Management, Theater Studies.

About the Major

The Theater Major offers a comprehensive study of Theater in four areas of concentration: Acting, Directing/Stage Management, Design/Technical, and Theater Studies. Courses are offered in acting (stage, film/TV), directing, stagecraft, set design, lighting design, costume design, stage management, dramatic literature, theater history, and dance. Through a high level of active participation, students gain a broad perspective in all areas of theater while developing individual talents and skills in their chosen concentration. The Theater program produces four major productions each year directed by faculty and professional guest directors. The main season is supplemented by a variety of student directed projects and guest artist workshops.

Classes and productions take place in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. This facility offers a 338 seat proscenium theater, a flexible experimental performance space, a dance studio/rehearsal hall, and fully equipped costume and scenery shops.

Teacher certification with a Theater major certifies students to teach grades K through 12. The program requires a combined course of study in Teacher Certification and completion of the Theater major. Students should refer to the Teacher Certification Program description in this Catalog, which outlines the requirements, and should seek faculty advisement.

Graduates of the Theater Program have gone on to graduate school while others have established careers in the professional theater as actors, directors and designers. In order to declare a concentration, you must meet with an advisor in the Theater Program. The required auditions / interviews for majors are held twice yearly.

Students completing this program receive a B.A. degree. A minor is available.

Requirements of the Major and Concentrations

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS REQUIREMENTS
CNTP 101 [W] FIRST YEAR TOPICS (satisfies first year seminar requirement)
SELECT TWO CA Interdisciplinary courses (only one can double-count in major)
ARHT 301 AMERICAN ART AFTER 1940
ARHT 310 WOMEN AND ART HISTORY
ARHT 320 NORTH AMERICAN ART AND VISUAL CULTURE 1700-1900
ARHT 325 AMERICAN ART II: 1865 TO 1945
ARHT 335 19TH CENTURY ART AND CULTURE
ARHT 338 EUROPEAN AVANT GARDE ART: 1900 TO 1940
ARHT 341 IMPRESSIONISM AND AFTER
ARTS 331 ART AS THERAPY
CNTP 310 BLACK EXPERIENCE/MEDIA
CNTP 312 CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM: FILM
CNTP 315 ART AND TECHNOLOGY
CNTP 323 SEXUAL POLITICS,GENDER AND FILM REPRESENTATION
CNTP 325 MEDIA SPORTS AND SOCIETY
CNTP 327 GLOBAL MULTICULTURAL MEDIA ISSUES
CNTP 347 AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA
CNTP 348 LATINO IMAGES AND HOLLYWOOD
CNTP 350 DIGITAL CULTURE
CNTP 363 MEDIA AND CULTURE-LATIN AMERICA
CNTP 404 THE DRAMATIC ELEMENT
CNTP 411 MEDIA IN SOCIETY
CNTP 414 FROM FICTION TO FILM
CNTP 415 JAZZ AND AMERICAN CULTURE
CNTP 444 ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN CINEMA
CNTP 466 ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY THEATER
CNTP 468 ART AND EXILE
CNTP 487 FILM HISTORY CULTURE AND MYTH
COMM 310 APOCALYP VISIONS: ANIME MEDIA FILM
COMM 317 MEDIA AND PERSUASION
COMM 334 HISTORY AND AESTHETICS: FILM EDITING
COMM 347 THE NEW TV CRITICISM
COMM 356 MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
COMM 410 GLOBAL MEDIA, LOCAL CHANGE
INTD 305 THE MYTHS OF VENICE
MUSI 309 MUSIC AND GENDER
MUSI 325 WRITING ABOUT MUSIC
MUSI 328 SOUNDTRACKS
MUSI 335 AVANT GARDE AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC
MUSI 345 DJ CULTURE
MUSI 365 CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON MUSIC
MUSI 462 MUSIC AND IDENTITY
THEA 323 EXPERIMENTAL THEATER 1950-PRESENT
THEA 328 CONTEMPORARY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS
THEA 331 THEATER AND SOCIETY I
THEA 334 THEATER AND SOCIETY II
THEATER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 

There are four concentrations in the Theater Major:

  1. ACTING CONCENTRATION
  2. DIRECTING/STAGE MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION
  3. DESIGN/TECHNICAL THEATER CONCENTRATION
  4. THEATER STUDIES CONCENTRATION
 
REQUIRED OF ALL THEATER MAJORS
THEA 221 BASIC ACTING
THEA 232 HISTORY OF THEATER
THEA 233 DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN THEATER
THEA 239 BASIC DIRECTING
THEA 435 ADVANCED THEATER PROJECTS OR
CNTP 422 INTERNSHIP
THEA 242 PRODUCING THE PLAY (must be taken 2 times)
(a 3rd time is allowed for optional credit)
THEA 021 RUNNING CREW
THEA 022 RUNNING CREW
CNTP 466 ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY THEATER
 
Choose one design/tech course from the following list:
THEA 203 THE CRAFT OF COSTUME I
THEA 212 SCENIC ART
THEA 226 BASIC LIGHTING FOR STAGE AND TV
THEA 227 STAGECRAFT LECTURE AND LAB (required for Des./Tech. concentration)
THEA 229 SET DESIGN
THEA 310 THE CRAFT OF COSTUME II
THEA 329 STAGE MANAGEMENT
THEA 330 DRAFTING FOR THEATER AND TELEVISION
THEA 335 COSTUME DESIGN
 
ACTING CONCENTRATION
Required courses:
THEA 260 VOICE AND MOVEMENT
THEA 303 INTERMEDIATE ACTING
THEA 312 AUDITIONING
THEA 427 SCENE STUDIES OR
THEA 326 ADVANCED ACTING
 
Choose 2 courses from the following list:
THEA 427 SCENE STUDIES
THEA 326 ADVANCED ACTING
THEA 332 ACTING IN SHAKESPEARE
THEA 315 CLOWNING & COMEDY
THEA 135 BASIC MODERN DANCE
THEA 140 TRADITIONAL AFRICAN DANCE
THEA 145 TANGO I
THEA 150 BALLET I
THEA 165 JAZZ DANCE I
THEA 265 CHOREOGRAPHY I
THEA 267 MODERN DANCE II
THEA 319 LAB/PERFORMANCE STUDY: MASKS
THEA 340 THE ART OF PUPPETRY
THEA 343 VOICE AND MOVEMENT II
THEA 209 BRITISH THEATER
MUSI 320 MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP
THEA 323 EXPERIMENTAL THEATER - 1950-PRESENT
THEA 353 ACTING FOR FILM AND TV
THEA 204 HISTORY OF COSTUME AND FASHION
THEA 130 STAGE MAKEUP
THEA 213 PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
An Art History Course (ARHT 200-499)
 
DIRECTING / STAGE MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION
Required Courses:
THEA 227 STAGECRAFT LECTURE AND LAB
THEA 329 STAGE MANAGEMENT
THEA 351 ADVANCED DIRECTING
 
Choose 1 design course from the following list (in addition to the Major technical/design requirement):
THEA 229 SET DESIGN
THEA 226 BASIC LIGHTING FOR STAGE AND TV
THEA 335 COSTUME DESIGN
 
Choose 1 200/300 level acting course from the following list:
THEA 260 VOICE AND MOVEMENT
THEA 303 INTERMEDIATE ACTING
THEA 332 ACTING IN SHAKESPEARE
THEA 353 ACTING FOR FILM AND TV
THEA 427 SCENE STUDIES
THEA 213 PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
 
Choose 1 course from the following list:
THEA 245 BASIC PLAYWRITING
THEA 211 ARTS MANAGEMENT-THEATER
THEA 331 THEATER AND SOCIETY I
THEA 334 THEATER AND SOCIETY II
LITR 244 (was 208) SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS
CNTP 210 BLACK EXPERIENCE THROUGH THEATER
THEA 209 BRITISH THEATER
THEA 328 CONTEMPORARY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS
ONE 200/300 LEVEL - THEATER COURSE-elective
 
DESIGN / TECHNICAL THEATER CONCENTRATION
Required Course:
THEA 329 STAGE MANAGEMENT OR
THEA 260 VOICE AND MOVEMENT
THEA 227 STAGECRAFT
 
Choose 2 design courses from following list:
THEA 226 BASIC LIGHTING FOR STAGE AND TV
THEA 229 SET DESIGN
THEA 330 DRAFTING FOR THEATER AND TELEVISION
THEA 335 COSTUME DESIGN
 
Choose 3 electives from the following list:
THEA 203 THE CRAFT OF COSTUME
THEA 325 ADVANCED LIGHTING DESIGN
THEA 329 STAGE MANAGEMENT
THEA 217 VISUAL IMAGINATION
An Art History Course (ARHT 200-499)
THEA 204 HISTORY OF COSTUME AND FASHION
THEA 130 STAGE MAKEUP
THEA 209 BRITISH THEATER
THEA 213 PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
THEA 212 SCENIC ART
THEA 226 BASIC LIGHTING FOR STAGE AND TV
THEA 229 SET DESIGN
THEA 310 THE CRAFT OF COSTUME II
THEA 335 COSTUME DESIGN
 
THEATER STUDIES CONCENTRATION
Students interested in pursuing an Interdisciplinary Theater Concentration are required to complete the Major requirements and five courses selected with a Theater advisor.

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description

Required Courses:

THEA 221 BASIC ACTING

A course in Theater Design or Technical Theater:

THEA 232 HISTORY OF THEATER
THEA 233 DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN THEATER
One 300/400 level Theater course
 
PRODUCTION REQUIREMENT: Student must perform, direct, or serve on crew of one mainstage theater production

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.



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