Theater Department Major

Insect Play by Josef and Karel Capek – Fall 2008

Goals for the Theater Major:

Theater majors will

Become innovative theater makers:

· develop the ability to tell stories across the theatrical disciplines

· develop the ability to express a point of view with an original voice

· develop the ability to craft and communicate an artistic vision

· develop a personal vision statement based on their unique talents and unique contributions to the field

· develop an entrepreneurial spirit

· develop the ability to produce, create, support, and / or appreciate original work

Develop the habits of mind and skills of a professional theater artist:

· be conversant with the vocabulary of the theater

· be conversant with the professional practices in the industry

· gain an understanding of all areas of theater practice

· gain a specialized knowledge of at least one area of theater practice

· develop technical and artistic skills that can be adapted and applied to other areas of theater practice and / or to other disciplines

· have the ability to transfer the skills they have learned in the classroom to professional practice

· collaborate across the disciplines of theatrical practice

· offer respectful responses to others’ work and remain open to feedback offered by others

· learn by doing

· reinforce their own learning by teaching others

Engage with the cultural and intellectual contexts in which the theater artist works:

· understand the moral, intellectual and political context in which the theater artist practices

· develop (inter and intra)cultural awareness

· understand theater practice in its historical context

· transform theory into practice

· develop the capacity to interrogate ideas and challenge the self and others while exploring and responding to all forms of theater-making

· encourage difficult conversations, ask important questions about cultural representation, provide a place for interrogating power dynamics, and give voice to marginalized groups.

· develop an understanding of the theater artist’s responsibility to their audiences, communities, and larger society

Requirements for a major in theater are:

  1. The following nine courses: TH 103, TH 129, TH 130, TH 140, TH 229, TH 230, TH 235, TH 250, and TH 335;
  2. At least one course in dramatic literature: TH 334 (as noted), EN 215, EN 225, EN 343, EN 345, EN 346, EN 359; WLF 318; WLG 356; WLS 321; or CC 222, CC 223. Other courses may be acceptable with permission of the department;
  3. TH 333, TH 334, or TH 341;
  4. TH 376 (Class of 2012 and beyond); and
  5. 18 additional semester hours in the Theater Department.

Areas of concentration: The following is a recommended sequence of study in each area.

Acting: TH 101, TH 104, TH 198, TH 203, TH 204, TH 211, TH 242, TH 303, TH 304

Directing: TH 104, TH 140, TH 203, TH 204, TH 333, TH 375

Design and Technical Theater: TH 216, TH 228 or TH 238, TH 305, TH 337; AR 131, AR 133

WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: The development of excellent written communication skills is essential for all theater artists and all theater students are expected to be able to demonstrate these skills. Students in theater will fulfill the Department's writing requirement by (a) completing TH 103 - Introduction to Theater and (b) completion of the theater capstone course TH 376 - Senior Project. Through these requirements students will demonstrate the ability to think critically, organize arguments, and write clearly.

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