2014–2015 Theatre Arts Program (THTR)

Program Goals | Objectives | B.F.A. Performance | B.F.A. Technical | B.A. in Theatre | Academic Minor | Teaching Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: David Dynak, Jared Larkin, Michael Vought (Chair), Nina Vought, Spencer Brown (Technical Director)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Theatre at Westminster College is to use the College’s core values to frame the way theatre work is conceived and practiced:

Program Goals

Objectives

The Theatre program offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with emphases in performance and technical theatre. It also offers a generalist Theatre major (BA) and a Theatre minor. Our programs prepare students for entry into the professional theatre, graduate studies, educational theatre, applied theatre and a wide array of other fields wherein theatre intersects with various arts, business and industry. All degree programs are designed to provide students with practical production experience in order to enable their unique creative expression in the theatre. To this end, students will gain a broad understanding of theatre history, theory, and practice and they will, depending on their chosen emphasis, train rigorously in specific areas such as auditioning, acting technique, stage lighting, costuming, management, and design.

In addition to successful completion of all course requirements, theatre majors must satisfy the following expectations in order to be eligible for graduation:

Holistic Health Requirement:
Theatre students will be encouraged to cultivate healthy practices including mindfulness, body awareness, flexibility, and endurance through mandatory hours spent engaging in physical and mental training.  Hours can be completed at the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center, or logged in the personal practice of your choice. (This requirement can be “double-dipped” with yoga, dance, exercise, meditation and similar courses.)

Ensemble Requirement:
Students are expected to complete a minimum of twenty hours of crew and/or production work each year.  This can be satisfied working in or on any departmental production.

Applied Theatre Requirement:
At least once in your course of study, majors are required to utilize theatre training in a social, political or educational (non-theatrical) setting in a manner that is collaborative, politically engaged and culturally aware. Some examples include: education, the justice system, healthcare, the political arena, community development, museums, social service agencies, business and industry. Students will coordinate the project with their advisor and will write a reflective five-page essay on the experience. Specific details of these requirements can be found in the theatre student’s handbook.

Students will meet each semester with their faculty advisor to discuss successful completion of these requirements and to review the student’s academic and artistic progress. Once every year a faculty panel will review each student’s coursework, production work and e-portfolio reflections in order to provide constructive feedback and to design a set of goals for the following year.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in courses required for the major and/or minor. With the approval of the instructor, students may repeat specified courses for additional credit.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Theatre major:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Degree (BFA)

Students may declare an area of emphasis and apply for acceptance into the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre program in the spring of their sophomore year. For the Technical Theatre emphasis, students must submit a portfolio; for the Performance emphasis, students must audition. The portfolio/audition should contain examples of work that the student has produced while at Westminster College. The application is due to the program chair by February 15. The BFA admissions committee will review the portfolios/auditions and notify students prior to registration for the Fall Semester. Students who are not accepted may continue working as academic majors and reapply the following year. Transfer students will apply in their second semester and follow the same process for acceptance to the BFA track, except that the portfolio may contain work produced while studying at other institutions of higher education.
 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Performance Emphasis


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 221 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)    
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE (2)    
Note: The LE requirement satisfied by THTR 124, Survey of Theatre, is waived for all Theatre majors.    

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign
language.

   
II. Lower Division Courses 20  
These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (Spring of sophomore year).    

MUSC 191 Private Lessons (Voice I) (1)
and

  see course description

MUSC 192 Private Lessons (Voice II) (1)
or

   
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 142 Stage Makeup (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 190 The Performer’s Body—spring of odd year (2)    
THTR 220 Stage Management—offered spring of even year (3)    
THTR 221 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)    
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE (2)    
THTR 280 Acting II (3)   THTR 180 (LE) or consent of instructor
III. Upper Division Performance Courses 33  
THTR 303 Performance Studies (take twice) (1, 1)    
THTR 330 Intermediate Dance and Movement (2)    
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)—offered spring of odd years   THTR 180 (LE), 280, (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)—offered fall of odd years    
THTR 372 Movement II (2)—offered spring of odd years    
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (3)—offered fall of odd years    
THTR 380 Acting III (3)—offered spring of odd years    
THTR 385 Musical Theatre (3)    
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (4)   THTR 358 or 359 or consent of instructor
THTR 470 Directing (3)—offered spring of even years   THTR 127 (LE), 129 (LE), 180 (LE), 228 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar (1)   THTR 380 or consent of instructor
THTR 485 Theatre Seminar (1)—taken during Fall semester of student’s last year   senior standing
IV. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)—offered fall of even years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)—offered spring of odd years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE—PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS 67  

*Note: Although THTR 228 and THTR 327 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward major requirements. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

 

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA in Theatre with a Performance Emphasis

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year THTR 127 or THTR 140
THTR 221

THTR 180
THTR 190
THTR 230
THTR 142

Sophomore Year THTR 280
THTR 303
MUSC 191

MUSC 192
THTR 220
THTR 303
THTR 361

Junior Year THTR 358
THTR 371
THTR 379

THTR 359
THTR 380
THTR 372
THTR 330

Senior Year THTR 480
THTR 485
THTR 450
THTR 470
THTR 385

 


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Technical Theatre Emphasis


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:    
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (3)    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 221 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)    
Note: The LE requirement satisfied by THTR 124, Survey of Theatre, is waived for all Theatre majors.    

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

   
II. Lower Division Courses 25  
These courses should be completed before or during the fourth semester (Spring of sophomore year).    
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (3)    
ART 209 Composition and Design (3)    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (3)    

THTR 140 Costumes for Theatre (2)
or

   
THTR 142 Stage Makeup (2)    
THTR 160 Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre (3)   ART 209
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)—offered spring of even years   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 221 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)    
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2*)    
THTR 260 Design for the Theatre (3)   THTR 160, or consent of instructor
III. Upper Division Performance Courses 18-22  
THTR 325 Stage Lighting (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2*)   THTR 228 (LE) consent of instructor
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)
or
 

THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
or

THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)   THTR 140 or consent of instructorr
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 440 Internship in Technical Theatre (1–3)   See course description
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (4)   THTR 358 or 359 or consent of instructor
THTR 485 Theatre Seminar (1)—taken during Fall semester of student’s last year   senior standing
THTR 490 Senior Project in Theatre (1–3)   senior standing and consent of 
advisor
IV. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)—offered fall of even years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)—offered spring of odd years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
V. Elective Courses 6  
ART 205 Figure Drawing (3)   ART 101 (LE)
THTR 140 Costumes for Theatre (2)    
THTR 142 Stage Makeup (2)    
THTR 190 The Performer’s Body (2)    
THTR 200/300 Special Topics (1–4)    
THTR 280 Acting II (3)   THTR 180 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 326 Stagecraft II   THTR 127
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II   THTR 129 or 140
THTR 470 Directing (3)   THTR 358 or 359 or consent of instructor
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE— TECHNICAL THEATRE EMPHASIS 63-67  

*Note: Although THTR 228 and THTR 327 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward major requirements. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

 

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA in Theatre with a Technical Theatre Emphasis

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year

ART 101
THTR 180
THTR 140 (or 142)

THTR 127
THTR 142 (or 140)

Sophomore Year

THTR 221
ART 209
THTR 160

THTR 220
THTR 228
Any Elective

Junior Year

THTR 358
THTR 260
THTR 325

THTR 359
THTR 328
THTR 326 or 329

Senior Year

THTR 450
THTR 440
THTR 485
Any Elective

THTR 335
THTR 490
Any Elective

 

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Theatre major:    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 221 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)    
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (3)
or
   
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE (2)    

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

   
II. Required Courses 31  
ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)    
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 140 Costumes for Theatre (2)    
THTR 142 Stage Makeup (2)    
THTR 190 The Performer’s Body (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)    
THTR 221 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)    
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2)*    
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement (2)    
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (4)   THTR 358 or 359 or consent of instructor
THTR 470 Directing (3)   THTR 358 or 359 or consent of instructor
THTR 480 Theatre Seminar (1)—taken during Fall semester of student’s last year   senior standing or consent of advisor
III. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)    
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)    
IV. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)    
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)    
IV.  Elective Courses 16  
ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (3)    
ART 209 Composition and Design (3)    
THTR 160 Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre (3)   ART 209
THTR 200/300 Special Topics (1–4)    
THTR 260 Design for the Theatre (3)   THTR 127 (LE), 160, or consent of instructor
THTR 280 Acting II (2)   THTR 180 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)    
THTR 325 Stage Lighting I (3)   THTR 127 or consent of instructor
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)   THTR 127 or consent of instructor
THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (2)   THTR 228 or consent of instructor
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2)   THTR 228 or consent of instructor
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)   THTR 140 or consent of instructor
THTR 330 Intermediate Dance and Movement (2)    
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)   THTR 127 or consent of instructor
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business  (3)   THTR 280 or consent of instructor
THTR 371 Movement I  (2)    
THTR 372 Movement II  (2)    
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect  (3)    
THTR 380 Acting III (3)   THTR 280 or consent of instructor
THTR 385 Musical Theatre (3)    
THTR 440 Technical Theatre Internship (1-4)   see course description
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1-3)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BA IN THE THEATRE 61  

 

*Note: Although THTR 228, THTR 327, and THTR 328 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward required courses and two credits toward elective courses. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

 

Recommended Plan of Study for Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year THTR 127
THTR 230

THTR 180
THTR 190

Sophomore Year

THTR 140
THTR 221 or HPW 220
Any Elective

THTR 142
THTR 220
Any Elective

Junior Year

THTR 358
ENGL 232
THTR 228

THTR 359
Any Elective
Senior Year THTR 450
THTR 485
Any Elective
THTR 470
Any Elective

 

Academic Minor in Theatre Arts

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 14  
THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2)    
THTR 140 Costumes for Theatre (2) or THTR 142 Stage Makeup (2)    
THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)    
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)    
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop, LE (2)    
THTR 470 Directing (3)   THTR (LE) 127, (LE) 129, (LE) 180 228 (LE) or consent of instructor
II. Theatre History Courses 6  
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)—offered fall of even years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)—spring of odd years   ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent
III. General Electives 6  
At least two credit hours must be 300- or 400-level    
ENGL 232 Introduction to Shakespeare (4)   ENGL 110 (LE)
THTR 190 The Performer’s Body, LE (2)    
THTR 260 Design for Theatre (3)    
THTR 280 Acting II (3)    
THTR 303 Performance Studies (1)    
THTR 321 Creative Writing: Plays (3)   ENGL 220 or THTR 250
THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 327 Advanced Acting Workshop (2)*   THTR 180 (LE), 228 (LE) or equivalent,
audition, consent of instructor
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2)*   THTR 228 (LE) or equivalent,
consent of instructor
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)   THTR 129 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)   THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
THTR 350 Creative Dramatics (2)—offered alternate years    
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)   THTR 180 (LE), 280 or consent of instructor
THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)    
THTR 372 Movement II (2)    
THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (3)    
THTR 401 Directed Studies (1–4)   consent of instructor and school dean
THTR 440 Internship (1–8)   junior/senior standing, consent of instructor, see course description
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (4)   THTR 358 or 359 or consent of instructor
THTR 485 Theatre Seminar (1)   senior standing, consent of advisor
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1–3)   senior standing, consent of advisor
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 26  

*Note: Although THTR 228 and THTR 327 are variable credit, students may count only two credits toward major requirements. Additional credits may count for elective credits with approval of program chair.

 

Recommended Plan of Study for Theatre Minor

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year

THTR 180

THTR 127

Sophomore Year

THTR 140 or 142

THTR 228

Junior Year

THTR 220
THTR 358

THTR 359
Any elective

Senior Year

Any elective

THTR 470