Professors: Gary M. Grant, F. Elaine Williams

Associate Professors: Paula D. Davis (Chair), Er-Dong Hu, Kelly Knox (Director of Dance)

Assistant Professors: Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson (Director of Theatre), Dustyn Martincich

Lecturer: Heath J. Hansum

Theatre Program (THEA)

Students discover their own creativity and awaken their imagination gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and their world through the study and practice of theatre. They develop an awareness of multiple perspectives by interpreting a variety of theatrical forms and by exploring the unique visions of theatre artists. Students gain expertise in creative problem solving, visual and kinetic literacy, oral communication, and collaboration.

The major in theatre offers opportunities in all phases of theatre arts and consists of a minimum of eight and one-half course credits.

Required of all majors:

  • History and Theory: THEA 256 Rituals, Festivals, Institutions and THEA 260 Theatre and Revolution
  • Performance (choose one): THEA 110 Acting I, THEA 220 Acting II, THEA 230 Acting Styles, THEA 240 Directing, or THEA 249 Mask and Makeup Design
  • Design (choose one): THEA 245 Entertainment Technology, THEA 246 Scene Design, THEA 248 Theatrical Lighting Design, THEA 249 Mask and Makeup Design, THEA 250 Costume and Fashion, THEA 251 Costume Design, THEA 252 Sound Design, THEA 254 Computer Aided Design for the Stage, THEA 255 The Art of Costume Craft
  • Dramatic Literature and Criticism (choose one): THEA 258 Modernism in Performance, THEA 261 Inner Journey: Sam Shepard and American Theatre, CLAS 222 Greek Tragedy, CLAS 223 Ancient Laughter, ENGL 217 Studies in Dramatic Literature, ENGL 257 Shakespeare, RUSS 211 Chekhov: Drama in Prose
  • 300-level Seminars and Projects (choose two, one of which must be taken in the senior year): THEA 314 Seminar in Contemporary Scenography, THEA 319 Individual Projects, THEA 342 Devising Performance, THEA 347 Visual Style, THEA 390 Applied and Interactive Theatre, THEA 393 Seminar in Avant-Garde Performance, THEA 397 Seminar in Special Topics
  • One additional THEA or DANC course in performance, design, or dramatic literature and criticism
  • Two quarter credits of THEA 101 Technical Theatre Practicum or one quarter credit of THEA 101 and one quarter credit of THEA 102 Theatrical Rehearsal and Performance

Students pursuing a concentration in acting, directing, design, or dramaturgy/playwriting will be advised to select additional courses in related areas (dance, art, music, philosophy, etc.) as electives in addition to the advanced performance, design, or theory courses. A suggested guideline for each concentration is available from your adviser. Faculty advisers will carefully develop a course of study with students to meet their individual needs and educational goals. Students majoring in theatre are expected to participate in the work of the department of theatre and dance production program. Students may register for one quarter credit in THEA 101, THEA 102, or THEA 103 for active participation in designated areas of technology or performance. A maximum of one-half credit is permitted per semester and there is a limit of two full course credits in all. Faculty will supervise student participation, provide instruction, and approve the awarding of credit.


The goals of the theatre major include demonstration of knowledge of Western dramatic literature and artistic media and performance styles from both Western and non-Western traditions. Students majoring in theatre will learn to formulate critical/analytical responses to theatre through written and oral communication.


In the practice of theatre, successful collaboration and communication is key to successful work. Students majoring in theatre will gain extensive experience in formal presentation through presentation of topics in history and dramatic literature, acting projects, scene studies, design project presentations, and presentation of applied projects in performance, directing, and design.


Information and visual literacy play a significant role in the study, understanding, and practice of theatre. Students in theatre will learn to conduct research using a variety of sources including primary and secondary materials; field specific and multidisciplinary databases; and a variety of media including print, film/video, and digital. Students will learn to effectively evaluate and analyze these sources through in-class discussion and synthesis. Students will study and become familiar with legal and ethical considerations in the use of sources. Theatre students will become proficient in the use of technology in the presentation of applied theatre projects.


Theatre students will take two 300-level courses, one of which will be in the senior year, which will serve as the Culminating Experience for the major. The Culminating Experience will provide for students studying theatre the opportunity to further refine their ability to formulate creative interpretations from conceptual discussions to the completed stage presentation, deepen their understanding of the performance process, and practice the collaborative process.

The minor in theatre is for liberal arts students who wish to broaden their experience with the theatre arts.

Three minors are offered by the department:

  • The Acting and Directing minor requires a minimum of five and one-half credits including THEA 256 or THEA 260, three electives in performance (one of which may be THEA 240 or THEA 249), one 300-level theatre course, one section of THEA 101 (quarter credit), and one section of either THEA 101 or THEA 102 (quarter credit).
  • The Design and Technology minor requires a minimum of five and one-half credits including THEA 256 or THEA 260, three electives in design and technology (one of which may be THEA 250), one 300-level theatre course, and two sections of THEA 101 (quarter credit).
  • The general Theatre minor requires a minimum of five and one-half credits, including THEA 256 or THEA 260, one performance course, one design or technology course, one 200-level elective, one 300-level theatre course, one section of THEA 101 (quarter credit), and one section of either THEA 101 or THEA 102 (quarter credit).

Honors in Theatre

A program leading to a major with honors in theatre may be proposed by the student in consultation with the department chair and appropriate department faculty. The student generally undertakes a specifically designed sequence of courses, independent research, and creative projects culminating in the stage direction or design of a mainstage production, a performance project, or a research paper in the area of theatre history, criticism, or dramatic literature.


Dance Minor - please see Optional Minors > Dance for information and course descriptions.


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