Department of Theatre


General Information

  • The Department of Theatre provides high level education and training in theatre art within the context of a liberal arts environment. For our majors we offer three areas of concentration: Performance, Design/Technology, and Customized. Students committed to performance or production design and technology are challenged with pre-professional training and a solid academic core that prepares them for a range of outcomes: from entry into the theatre and film markets to exciting careers in related disciplines. Students interested in customized theatre studies develop individualized or community-based projects within a wider array of theatre courses and experiences. For theatre minors or general university students we offer a range of production opportunities, as well as academic and active learning workshop classes to augment the student's breadth of knowledge. Students interested in Dance may select from a variety of studio courses that will enhance their educational experience at UNCW.
  • Each student is required to take a minimum of 46 credit hours in order to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in theatre. A double-major is possible.
  • The required core includes courses in performance, design, production, script analysis, and theatre history. The senior seminar "capstone" course culminates the student's work throughout his or her undergraduate education for the purpose of preparing audition and portfolio materials, and interview techniques. In the General Studies Concentration, students may create a production project, write a scholarly paper, complete an internship, or develop a project that represents their individualized program of study.
  • Included in the required core are a series of studio courses providing advanced training in the elements of theatre production. These courses generally support the University Theatre productions. Each major participates in at least three diverse production areas.
  • Elective courses in the major are offered for advanced study in all areas of theatre. Students may tailor the selection of these electives to suit individual needs. Additional special topics and directed individual study courses (DIS) are also available.
  • Matriculation into the Department of Theatre occurs by student's declaration and is based upon faculty recommendation, or a student's audition or portfolio review. Transfer students are welcome. When students have completed or have in-progress 26 or more university credits they are eligible for matriculation as a theatre major. See the Department Chair if you have any questions.
  • Oral Communications Competency Requirement: to satisfy this competency requirement for the B.A. degree in theatre a student must successfully complete THR 486 or 487 or 488.
  • Applied Learning Requirement: to satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.A. degree in theatre a student must successfully complete THR 110.
  • Requirements for a Major in Theatre, for a B.A. in Theatre Degree: As part of the 46 credits required for a major in theatre, students in each option must complete a core curriculum consisting of THR 110, 125, 165, 231, 321 and 322. A "C" is required in all Theatre courses counted toward the major.
  • Student Learning Outcomes for a B.A. in Theatre:

    • All students in Theatre courses will demonstrate the following:
    • An understanding of the historical development of theatre in western culture.

      An understanding of the historical context surrounding the development of playwriting, scenery, acting conventions, and theatrical architecture.

      The ability to analyze plays in terms of form, structure, content, and stagecraft.

      An understanding of an audience's awareness of how the artistic elements of dramatic literature are integrated in a theatrical performance.

      An understanding of the roles of various theatre artists: playwright, producer, director, scenic/lighting/costume/sound/projection designer, technical director, production manager, dramaturg, stage manager, etc.

    • Students in the Performance Option will demonstrate the following:
    • An appreciation and understanding of an actor's ability to create a story, refine character development, define both the setting and time for a scene, assess a problem, and find creative solutions.

      An understanding of various performance techniques and styles through class discussion and critical feedback.

      The ability to use a combination of performance techniques in a theatrical production.

      A practical knowledge of the entertainment industry.

    • Students in the Production Design and Technology Option will demonstrate the following:
    • An appreciation and understanding of the role of the set designer, costume designer, lighting designer, sound designer, technical director, production manager, stage manager, and other applied craftspeople involved in theatrical production.

      An appreciation and understanding of the historical development of various aspects of theatrical design and technology, and of contemporary technology's influence on both production design and technology.

      The ability to contribute to a theatrical production in set, costume, lighting, sound or other areass of theatrical design.
    • Students in the Customized Option will demonstrate the following:
    • The ability to link theoretical and practical elements in dramatic study with a focus on playwriting, directing, or some other aspect of theatrical production.

      The ability to research, write, and revise a scholarly paper on some aspect of theatrical production.

      The ability to make an effective oral presentation of such research and writing.