A major in Theatre (THR), offered by the Department of Communication, provides an academic foundation plus the experience of working in a wide range of theatre productions, including mainstage productions in the Boll Theatre as well as experimental work in the Studio Theatre.
Theatre majors are required to audition for roles and participate in each mainstage production, for which they receive credit in THR 300.
A minor in theatre consists of 21 semester hours. Courses in dance are not included.
The Department of Communication also offers a concentration in Theatre (CTR).
Jonathan A. Hess, Chairperson, Department of Communication
Michelle Hayford, Program Director
Professor Emeritus: Gilvary
Associate Professor: Hayford
Assistant Professor: Dunlevy
Lecturers: Beran, Evans
|Common Academic Program (CAP)|
|*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected|
|First-Year Humanities Commons 1||12|
|West and the World|
|Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies|
|Intro To Philosophy|
|Writing Seminar I 2|
|Second-Year Writing Seminar 3||0-3|
|Writing Seminar II|
|Principles of Oral Communication|
|Social Science Integrated|
|Natural Sciences 4||7|
|Crossing Boundaries||variable credit|
Practical Ethical Action
|Advanced Study||variable credit|
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
|Diversity and Social Justice||3|
Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.
|Liberal Studies Curriculum|
|L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)||0-11|
|Literature (May include CAP Components)||3|
|Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)||3|
|Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)||11|
|Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)||12|
|THR 105||Introduction to Theatre||3|
|THR 307||Light Design||3|
|THR 310||Acting I||3|
|THR 330||Set Design||3|
|THR 425||History of Theatre II||3|
|Select one from: (Satifies CAP Major Capstone)||3|
|THR Laboratories 1||4|
|THR electives 2||13|
|ASI 150||Introduction to the University Experience||1|
|Total Hours to total at least||124|
A minimum of four semester hours of THR 300 are required for the degree program.
THR electives may include no more than three additional hours of THR 300 .
|THR 105||Theatre Appreciation||3|
|THR 415||History of the Theatre I||3|
|or THR 425||Theatre Theory & History|
|Select fifteen THR semester hours 1||15|
Nine semester hours must be at the 300/400 level. Elected coursework in dance within the minor is limited to one two-semester hour course. Coursework in THR 100 and/or THR 300 is limited to a maximum of three semester hours within the minor.
|ASI 150||1||ENG 100 (CAP Writing Seminar)||3|
|THR 105||3||HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities)||3|
|HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities)||3||THR 310||3|
|HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities)||3||Language 141||4|
|CMM 100 (CAP Communication)||3||MTH (CAP Mathematics)||3|
|ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)||3||SSC 200 (satisifes CAP Social Science)||3|
|THR 330||3||THR elective||3|
|THR Elective||3||INSS (CAP Natural Science)||4|
|INSS (CAP Natural Science)||4||General elective||3|
|Language 201 or contextual course||3||General elective||2|
|THR 300||1||THR 300||1|
|THR 307||3||THR 424||3|
|THR elective||3||THR 425||3|
|INSS (CAP Inquiry)||3||Adv HST||3|
|Social Science||3||General elective||3|
|THR 300||1||THR 300||1|
|THR elective||1||THR 440 or 490 (Capstone)||3|
|Adv PHL/REL (PEA/FT)||3||THR elective||3|
|CAP Integrative||3||Adv PHL/REL (PEA/FT)||3|
|Social Science||3||Diversity and Social Justice||3|
|General elective||3||General elective||1|
|Total credit hours: 124|
THR 105. Introduction to Theatre. 3 Hours
Analysis of the nature of theatre, its origin and development from the standpoint of the play, the physical theatre, and its place in our culture. Required of all majors. Open to all University students.
THR 203. Technical Production. 3 Hours
Introductory survey of scene design, construction, painting, and lighting. Current theory will be examined along with practical applications and techniques.
THR 251. Beginning Tap Dance. 2 Hours
Beginning course in the theory and practice of tap dance.
THR 261. Beginning Jazz Dance. 2-3 Hours
Beginning course in the theory and practice of jazz dance.
THR 271. Beginning Ballet. 2-3 Hours
Beginning course in the theory and practice of classical ballet technique.
THR 300. Theatre Laboratory. 1-3 Hours
The third and fourth-year level of credit allowance for role playing and/or play production. Requirements and registration same as for THR 100.
THR 302. Stage Makeup. 2 Hours
An experiential course where students learn the basic principles of the art and technique of stage makeup so that they may use them in the design and execution of makeup applications. Open to all university students.
THR 303. Scene Painting. 3 Hours
Basic prinicples of color paint theory and materials. Investigation of various scene-painting techniques. One three-hour class meeting weekly.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.
THR 304. Movement for Everyone. 3 Hours
Movement course for non-dancers, athletes, and dancers alike, to learn the theories and practices of bodily awareness, movement, dance, and strength. This course will enhance students' embodied communication, expressive agility, strength and endurance, while providing an engagement with the arts and aesthetics.
THR 306. Stage Management. 3 Hours
Investigation of the techniques, communication methodology, resources, and practices for the stage manager. The course examines various activities performed by stage managers in musicals, plays, dance, and operas. Emphasis on organizational and management practices common to most theatres. Development of skills in applying methods of stage management.
Prerequisite(s): THR 311, THR 308.
THR 307. Light Design. 3 Hours
A course in the art and practice of lighting design for the theatre. The course will include lighting equipment and control, elements of electricity, script analysis, design methodologies, additive and subtractive color theory, lighting for dance, musicals, plays and performance installations. Open to all university students.
Prerequisite(s): THR 308, THR 311.
THR 308. Engineering for the Performing Arts. 3 Hours
Experiential course exploring the best practices and upcoming trends in the materials, methods, and procedures used in engineering scenic environments for the performing arts, through the integration of the technical Theatre and Engineering disciplines. This course will provide students with practical experience in working with performance technology industry partners through the testing of emergent performance technology for product development and the uses of this technology to help support arts education needs in our community. Open to all university students.
THR 309. Sound Design. 3 Hours
Study and application of designing sound for live theatrical productions. Through experiential learning, this course will cover the following principle areas: basic audio, theatrical recording techniques and equipment, musical and effects integration, theatre acoustics, designing sound, and sound reinforcement for live theatrical events. Open to all university students.
Prerequisite(s): THR 308 and THR 311.
THR 310. Acting I. 3 Hours
The study and practice of basic techniques in rehearsal and performance. Emphasis on self-analysis and self-awareness. Development of basic skills in vocal, emotional, and mental interpretation of character. Required of all theatre majors.
THR 311. Design Concepts. 3 Hours
Survey of various backstage professional technical theatre positions in a theatrical production. Current theory is examined along with practical applications and techniques. Open to all university students.
Prerequiste(s): THR 308.
THR 312. Acting for the Camera. 3 Hours
Study and practice of basic techniques of acting for the camera: multimedia platforms, film, and television. Emphasis on technical requirements of acting for the camera and the control of body and voice actors must exercise in these media.
Prerequisite(s): THR 310.
THR 313. Social Justice & Dramatic Literature. 3 Hours
Survey of dramatic literature that engages issues pertaining to diversity and social justice. Survey may include domestic and global dramatic literatures that grapple with processes of identity, representation, and performing the “other.”.
THR 314. Costumes & Textiles. 3 Hours
Introduction to the process of costume and textile design for theatre. Open to all university students.
THR 316. Performance Company. 0 Hours
Weekly performance workshop. All Theatre, Dance, & Performance Technology majors and minors are required to attend. Workshops will be experiential, adapted to student interests/needs, and material to be covered will include a variety of topics in acting, applied theatre, dance, performance technology, and theatre studies. May be repeated.
Prerequisite(s): Theatre majors and minors only.
THR 320. Movement & Voice for the Stage. 3 Hours
An integrated approach to the study of stage movement and voice production for the theatre.
THR 322. Philosophy and Theatre/Dance: Performing Human Identity. 3 Hours
An interdisciplinary and advanced philosophy course with two components: 1) theoretical, focusing on the philosophy of dance or theatre and the philosophy of human identity, and 2) dance or theatre, where students will learn to use dance or theatre to express personal identity.
Prerequisite(s): PHL 103.
THR 323. Acting II. 3 Hours
Further study and practice of techniques introduced in Acting I. Emphasis on interaction, ensemble, group processes, and scene study.
Prerequisite(s): (THR 105, 310) or permission of department chairperson.
THR 330. Set Design. 3 Hours
Introduction to the art and practice of set design for the theatre. Study and projects will involve the development of conceptual approaches, research, sketches, script analysis, presentation techniques, and design for dance, musicals, plays and performance installations. Open to all university students.
Prerequisite(s): THR 311, THR 308.
THR 341. Modern Dance. 2 Hours
Study of the theory and practice of modern dance and technique. All levels welcome. Open to all students.
THR 344. Acting/Directing for Musical Theatre. 3 Hours
Study of performance and directing techniques for Musical Theatre.
THR 345. Devising Performance. 3 Hours
Applied theatre laboratory in devising performance techniques via in-class exercises to develop original ensemble-created performance.
Prerequiste(s): THR 310.
THR 350. Acting Styles. 3 Hours
Advanced study and exploration of acting fundamentals as they apply to various styles or specific historical periods. Study and practice of plays, manners, customs, voice, and movement could encompass Greek, Elizabethan, French Neoclassicism, Restoration, Realism, or Post Realistic genres, among many others. Open to all university students.
Prerequisite(s): THR 310.
THR 351. Intermediate Tap Dance. 2 Hours
Intermediate course in the theory and practice of tap dance.
THR 352. Applied Theatre. 3 Hours
Introduction to the practical applications of theatre and prepares the theatre practitioner to create performance for social justice, and engage in applied theatre work according to the best practices in applied theatre ethics. This course is a survey of theorists, theater ensembles, and performers who represent and create with communities in various contexts. This course will also put theory into practice as the student will engage in various applied theatre practices in collaboration with community partners.
THR 354. Kinetic Forms. 3 Hours
Exploration of movement and visual performance of kinetic forms through the design, construction, and manipulation of puppets, kinetic sculpture, and masks. Open to all university students.
THR 361. Intermediate Jazz Dance. 2 Hours
An intermediate course in the theory and practice of jazz dance and technique. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.
THR 370. Special Topics. 1-3 Hours
Study of special topics or themes in theatre, performance technology, dance, and applied theatre. May be repeated as topics change.
THR 371. Intermediate Ballet. 2 Hours
Intermediate course in the theory and practice of classical ballet technique. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.
THR 372. Dance & Physical Theatre Styles. 1-3 Hours
Special topics in dance and movement, varying between specific dance modes and movement practices drawn from physical theatre and dance modalities.
THR 380. Power, Gender & Performance. 3 Hours
Consideration of performances of identity and advocacy at the intersection of political power and gender as constructive responses to gender inequality. Performance protests for gender equality, and cultural performances of gender are examined in historical case studies and current events.
THR 417. Theatre in Education. 3 Hours
Theories and practices of educational drama and theatre as applied to content areas in the early, middle and secondary classroom. Attention given to the relationship of creative drama and applied theatre practices to speaking, thinking, writing, reading, history and other curricular subjects. Co-curricular and experiential immersion required.
THR 424. Directing. 3 Hours
Study of the evolution of the modern director. Script interpretation as a basis for the development and execution of the production concept, directing for devised works, and experiential learning with practical directing experience in class may be covered.
Prerequisite(s): THR 310.
THR 425. History of Theatre II. 3 Hours
Continuance of 415 from the Italian Renaissance to the modern theatre. (THR 415 or THR 425 required of all majors.).
THR 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours
First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.
THR 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours
Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.
THR 490. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours
Individual research and report on topic of student's choice in the field of theatre and performance under direct supervision of faculty/staff. Repeatable for credit.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of Program Director.
THR 498. Internship. 1-6 Hours
Theatre, dance, performance technology, or applied theatre work experience with an approved organization.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of Program Director.
THR 499. Creating New Works. 3 Hours
Capstone course for all theatre, dance, and performance technology majors. Students will create an original work in an ensemble, taking on various roles of a creative team. The performance will be presented to the public, and documented for portfolio. Students will engage in professional development to prepare for entering various theatre, performance, dance, performance technology, entertainment, creative industry, and applied theatre fields.