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theatre department

A complete list of course offerings for the current semester can be found on the Office of Student Services website.

The Theatre department curriculum falls into two broad, though inter-related, categories: 1) practice-based courses that develop Performance and Production skills; and 2) academic courses that study Dramatic Literature, Criticism, and Theater History. Six foundation courses—three in each category—are required. Most courses are offered once a year or every other year. Many courses have prerequisites.

The list below includes current and recent courses arranged by category. A course that is linked is one of the six required foundation courses. A course marked with two asterisks counts towards the Performance and Production requirement (two courses required). All Lit/Crit courses other than DSTP, Theater History I and II count towards the Dramatic Literature, Criticism, and Theater History requirement (two courses required).

Shakespeare on the Stage I/II
American Theatre & Drama
American Musical Theater
Fashion and Decor: A Cultural History
Modern Theatre & Drama
American Popular Entertainment
African American Theatre and Drama
Contemporary American Theater & Drama

Acting I: Fundamentals of Performance
Acting II: Voice/Body/Text
Acting III: Spontaneity and Imagination
Audition Techniques
Master Class in Acting

Elements of Theater Production I
Elements of Theater Production II
Computer-Aided Drafting & Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Stage Design

Playwriting I
Playwriting II

Dance For Musicals I/II
Jazz I/II
Beginning Ballet I/II
Intermediate Ballet I/II
Elements of Dance

Directing I
Directing II

Creative Dramatics
Theater for Youth

Theater Production Labs
Prep Crews (construction and production) - 1 credit

Special Topics

Run Crews (backstage performance) - 1 credit

Assistant Stage Managers
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Assistant Scenic, Light, Costume and Sound Design
House Management

Advanced Production Labs - 2 credit

Costume Designer
Light Designer
Scenic Designer
Sound Designer
Technical Director
Stage Manager
Special Topics

Departmental Honors
Readings and Research