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Theatre Department

Our Program


We offer a rigorous exploration of historic and contemporary theatre practice within a vibrant liberal arts tradition. Our curriculum includes applied studio courses in acting, directing, and technical production and design as well as course work in dramatic literature, theatre history, and theory. Each year the theatre major applies classroom and studio knowledge to a robust six-production season of contemporary and classic plays.

 

Breadth and Depth


The Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to gain a broad understanding of theatre art while honing your skills in a specific area of emphasis.

 

The Capstone Project


During the second semester of the junior year theatre majors propose a Senior Capstone Project. This portfolio-building project represents the culmination of the student’s training and serves as a bridge to graduate programs, professional theatre, or other job opportunities.

 

B.A. in Theatre Major Curriculum


Introduction to Acting

3 credits

Introduction to Technical Theatre

3 credits

History of Theatre I: Ancient to Renaissance

3 credits

History of Theatre II: Renaissance to Postmodernism

3 credits

Survey of Dramatic Literature and Criticism

3 credits

Theatre Capstone Project

1-3 credits

Theatre Capstone Seminar

3 credits

Enrichment Program or electives

11 credits

Production Practicum

1 credit per semester

   
Choose one of the following Emphases:  
   
Acting Emphasis  
Voice and the Actor 3 credits
Basic Movement 3 credits
Basic Acting Techniques 3 credits
Elective in Theatre 3 credits
   
Directing Emphasis  
Basic Acting Technique 3 credits
Fundamentals of Play Directing 3 credits
Shakespeare 3 credits
Elective in Theatre 3 credits
   
Technical Production Emphasis  
Fundamentals of Play Directing 3 credits
Color and Design 3 credits
Form, Space, and Media 3 credits
Elective in Theatre 3 credits

 

Theatre majors spend their first two years training a the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center/Calvin and Janet High Center at Grantham.  During their junior year, students select a pre-approved enrichment institution where they continue their training (Temple University, Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland). Upon returning to the Grantham Campus during senior year, each theatre major is required to complete a capstone portfolio project within his or her chosen emphasis.

 

 

Theatre Minor

Introduction to Acting

3 credits

Introduction to Technical Theatre

3 credits

Production Practicum

1 credit

Electives

minimum of 11 additional credits from the theatre curriculum


We also have a new concentration: Digital Media (B.A.) Church Media Concentration.

 

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