Department of Theatre


Performance Option

This option offers students pre-professional training in stage and film performance which prepares them for a pluralistic range of outcomes including professional employment in theatre, film or television, future advanced or graduate study, or skills leading to work in allied performance fields of interest.

Performance option classes should begin at the sophomore level. The student will commence their course of study by enrolling first in the lower level Theatre Core and Performance Core classes and then progress through the curriculum sequence. Performance Option Electives should then be completed at the junior and senior levels. Performers should plan a course of study each semester, which develops their movement and voice skills through such diverse disciplines as singing, voice and movement for the actor, dance or athletics. All theatre students are expected to be acquainted with the Department of Theatre Handbook, and policies related to auditioning, casting, and rehearsal deportment, etc. Students who are matriculated into the Performance Option as a double major should acquire a faculty advisor within the Department of Theatre.

Requirements for a Major in Theatre for a B.A. Degree, Performance Option:

Theatre Core: Credits
THR 110 - Stagecraft 3
THR 165 - Script Analysis 3
THR 231 - Applied Performance I 3
THR 321- Theatre History I 3
THR 322 - Theatre History II 3
Production Lab (choose one):
THR 241 - Painting & Properties Studio 1
THR 242 - Technical Production Studio
THR 243 - Costume & Makeup Studio
Performance Core:
THR 301 - Voice & Movement I 3
THR 302 - Voice & Movement II 3
THR 332 - Applied Performance II 3
THR 333 - Applied Performance III 3
THR 433 - Applied Performance IV 3
THR 486 - Senior Seminar, Performance 3
Performance Electives (choose 3):
THR 318 - Devising Theatre 9
THR 335 - Acting for the Camera
THR 355 - Directing
THR 369 - Seminar in Dramatic Literature and Performance
THR 370 - Seminar in Performance Theory and History
THR 401 - Advanced Movement
THR 402 - Advanced Voice
THR 495 - Theatre Seminar
Total: 43

A "C" is required in each course counted for the Performance Option.

To satisfy the requirements for the Performance Option, a student must also successfully complete a performance requirement, which includes auditioning for all Department of University plays and being cast in a departmental production.

Oral Competency Requirement, Performance Option: To satisfy the oral competency requirement for the B.A. degree a student must successfully complete THR 486.