2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog
The mission of the Department of Theatre is to educate, train, and prepare theatre artists of character and competence who will engage and transform the culture through faithful use of their creative gifts and talents.
The study of theatre provides students with opportunities to explore personal values, develop personal skills, and acquire techniques of insight and critical reasoning — all within a distinctive philosophical and artistic environment.
Students in theatre are exposed to a sizable body of dramatic literature, theory, and historical study, leading to the development of an informed perspective of the role of theatre as a social, spiritual, and artistic institution. The experience is a liberalizing one, designed to allow the student to explore and develop herself or himself as both an individual and as an artist.
By the nature of the art itself, the production and performance process is inherent to undergraduate theatre study. Many of the courses offered by the department focus on skills associated with performance, playwriting, directing, designing, and technical theatre crafts. In addition to the classroom experience, an extensive production program is maintained.
The performance schedule is divided among main stage, studio, laboratory, and touring productions, with titles selected to reflect a wide range of dramatic forms and styles. Special emphasis is given to plays that deal with positive values and the relationship between theatre and the Christian faith.
Career opportunities for theatre majors extend beyond acting into other specialties such as the following:
Additionally, the skills acquired as a major — skills of self-knowledge, communicative social interaction, presentation of self, personal discipline, risk taking, cooperative group effort and sensitivity to others — are important to many career applications other than those allied specifically with the theatre.
Theatre majors find that they are prepared through their art to serve especially well in those careers associated with working with the public.
Admission to the Theatre Major
To qualify for admission as a major in the theatre program, the student is required to have completed 12 credits of work with a 2.5 GPA in theatre, which must include TRE 1720 Stagecraft and TRE 1310 Actor's Art or TRE 1340 Acting One. A student must complete the major requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major.
A student must also complete and submit for the theatre faculty's approval an application for admission. Application may be made through this application (PDF).
Students majoring in the study of theatre must fulfill the following requirements:
A maximum of 12 credits of practica offerings may be applied toward the major; any number toward the B.A. degree.
TRE 4899 Capstone: Art and Religious Experience fulfills the eighth course required in the Common Curriculum.
*The senior project, developed with advisor
consultation and approved by the theatre faculty, is expected to be
the independent work of a mature student artist. It is considered
the culmination of the student’s undergraduate training and must be
of substantial merit, reflecting an informed artistic sensitivity and
philosophy. (Up to 3 credits of TRE 4961 Special Projects may be
accumulated in the completion of this requirement.)
Admission to the Theatre Minor
The student is required to complete and submit for the approval of the theatre faculty an application for minor status. Application should be made through the Office of Fine Arts on forms available there. A student must complete the minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the minor.
Students earning a minor in the study of theatre must fulfill the following requirements:
Requirements for Theatre Education, K–12 Teaching Endorsement
Students seeking a theatre education endorsement must also complete education courses and internship requirements for certification. See School of Education drama requirements below and in the School of Education section of this Undergraduate Catalog.
TRE 1310 The Actor’s Art
or TRE 1340 Acting I Fundamentals 5
or TRE 3340 Acting III 3
TRE 4913 History of the Theatre II 5
Integrated Studies Major with a concentration in The Arts
Students who are planning to obtain elementary school certification and are interested in theatre must major in the integrated studies major with a concentration in The Arts.