Division IV Chair: B. Wooten


Program Chair: D. Martin


Faculty: S. Ayers, A. Barton, G. Gray, and D. Martin




Courses: THR Courses


Major/Minor Requirements: Theatre B.A.Theatre MinorFilm Production Minor


The Theatre major provides an introduction to all aspects of theatre: the literature of the drama, theatre history, acting, directing, design, technology, and management. The major blends the curricular program with the co-curricular Theatre Laboratory labor and production program, the capstone Senior Theatre Project, and instruction from Theatre faculty and guest artists. The Theatre Laboratory is the play-production organization that supports a season of full-length plays. Productions directed and/or written by students, in addition to special visiting artist presentations and seminars/workshops, are often part of the Theatre Laboratory’s offerings.

The Theatre Program offers courses in theatre and film towards the bachelor of arts degree in Theatre. The Program has two principal responsibilities: advancing the student’s skills in theatre production and analysis, and furthering the student’s insight into the meaning and value of human experience through the study of theatre - all while focusing on the student’s creativity.

Upon graduation, majors proceed into graduate or other professional schools, theatre work, or numerous other occupations.

In addition to supporting students' achievement of the Aims of General Education, the Theatre Program seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals and associated learning outcomes:

Learning Goal 1. Gain a broad knowledge of theater history in its physical and literary forms.

Learning Outcome 1.1: Demonstrate the ability to develop, discuss, and defend informed judgments about theatre.

Learning Outcome 1.2: Demonstrate knowledge about global world theatre history and dramatic literature, including exemplary works and genres.

Learning Outcome 1.3:  Articulate an appreciation for the cultural and historical context of global theatre history and dramatic literature. 

Learning Goal 2. Develop an appreciation of the principal theatrical eras, movements, and playwrights and the defining characteristics of theatrical genres and styles.

Learning Outcome 2.1: Interpret dramatic texts and critique theatrical performance using appropriate critical language and analytical frameworks appropriate to specific theatrical genres and styles;

Learning Outcome 2.2: Articulate an understanding of the role of theater in culture, society, and national identity, and how each shapes the other over time;

Learning Outcome 2.3: The ability to describe and situate the principal eras, genres, styles, and forces shaping theatre repertoire, and the ability to articulate the ways in which these both shape and are shaped by the larger artistic and cultural forces of the day.

Learning Goal 3. Develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the collaborative theatre process and experience through the co-curricular production and labor programs. 

Learning Outcome 3.1: Demonstration of successful application of theatre production techniques;

Learning Outcome 3.2: Comprehension and application of the vocal, physical, intellectual, and artistic skills utilized by a performing artist;

Learning Outcome 3.3: Apply a working knowledge of the tools, skills, terminology, and artistry involved in the exploration of the design and technical environments.

Learning Goal 4. Develop a fundamental understanding of the production of, and application to, film production.

Learning Outcome 4.1:  Demonstrate the ability to develop, discuss, and defend informed judgments about film and film production;

Learning Outcome 4.2:  Demonstration of successful application of film production techniques. 

Learning Outcome 4.3:  Apply a working knowledge of the tools, skills, terminology, and artistry involved in film production.

Theatre Program Course Sequencing Table: 

Please be aware that the table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest.  It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned. 

CourseFall 14Spr 15Fall 15Spr 16Fall 16Spr 17
THR 135X X X 
THR 202  X   
THR 213X X X 
THR 218******
THR 220   X X
THR 227   X  
THR 308 XX X 
THR 317X   X 
THR 321 X X X
THR 327 X X  
THR 331 X   X
THR 332   X  
THR 481X X X