Degree Essentials



Associate Professor Mark Evans Bryan, Chair

Professor Cynthia Turnbull; Associate Professors Mark Evans Bryan, Cheryl Kennedy McFarren, Peter Pauzé; Assistant Professor Mark J. Seamon; Technical Director Andrew Johns; Costume Shop Supervisor Joyce Merrilees; Visiting Assistant Professor Wendy Barrie-Wilson; Visiting Instructor Geoffrey Nelson; Academic Administrative Assistant Marilyn Sundin

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The goals of the majors in theatre are twofold: first, to provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of each of the several arts of the theatre, offering opportunities for practical application of those principles in stage production; and second, to develop analytical skill, facility in problem-solving, historical perspective, and appreciation of aesthetic form.

The programs in theatre aim to develop the skills of thoughtful inquiry, informed judgment, and imaginative response that are fundamental to the rewarding pursuit of any profession. In addition, these programs aim to provide a sound basis for graduate study in theatre.

Theatre Major

Required Courses - B.A. - 44 credits

  • 100 Introduction to Theatre Studies (taken no later than 2nd semester of the sophomore year.)

  • 110 Introduction to Theatrical Design

  • 370 Directing: Realism

  • 400 Theatre Seminar

One of the following:

  • 230 Acting: Realism I

  • 250 Acting: Pre-20th Century Styles

  • 330 Acting: Realism II

  • 360 Acting: Special Topics

Two of the following:

  • 371 History, Literature, and Theory of Theatre: Premodern World

  • 372 History, Literature, and Theory of Theatre: Early Modern Europe

  • 373 History, Literature, and Theory of Theatre: Modern World

  • 374 History, Literature, and Theory of Theatre: The Americas

Three elective courses in Theatre

A total of four credits of Practicum from at least two different Practicum courses

Theatre Minor: 22 credits

To minor in Theatre, students must take Theatre 100, 110, one Acting course (230, 250, 330, or 360), one Theatre History, Literature, Theory course (371, 372, 373, or 374) and one elective Theatre course, as well as two credits of Practicum from different Practicum courses.