2014–2015 Theatre Arts Program (THTR)

Program Goals | Objectives | B.F.A. Performance | B.F.A. Technical | B.A. in Theatre | Academic Minor  | Course Descriptions
Faculty: David Dynak, Jared Larkin, Michael Vought, Chair, Nina Vought; Erin M. West, Spencer Brown (Technical Director)

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Department of Theatre at Westminster College is to use the College’s core values—
•  impassioned teaching and learning
•  respect for diversity
•  collaboration and teamwork
•  personal and social responsibility
•  excellence
•  high ethical standards
—to frame the way theatre work is conceived and practiced.

The Department of Theatre is dedicated to creating the academic and artistic contexts that help students 1) master various aspects of theatrical work (i.e., design, directing, dramaturgy, new work development, and performance); 2) investigate how theatre, culture, and community have intersected, are linked in the present, and could be connected in the future; and, 3) cultivate healthy habits that facilitate powerful theatre work.

Program Goals:

  •   Students will develop the skills needed to produce creative, expressive, and distinctive work—on the page, on-stage, and backstage. 
  •   Students will learn to deeply appreciate the role of story as the driving energy in all theatrical work—artistic and academic.
  •   Students will demonstrate the leadership skills necessary to facilitate the collaborative, ensemble environment that is the hallmark of great theatre. 
  •   Students will embrace their role as inductees into the centuries-old fraternity of theatre artists.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to think, write, and speak self-reflectively, analytically and fluently, about their own and other’s work.
  •   Students will expand their personal, social, and global understanding through engagement in an intentionally diverse array of theatre work—on campus, in site-specific settings, and in community contexts.
  • Students will explore the connection between physical, mental, and emotional health and successful theatre work.
  •   Performance BFAs select and prepare appropriate repertoire to market themselves, audition for future theatre work, and/or successfully pursue graduate studies.
  • Technical theatre BFAs will design and produce effective portfolios that showcase their knowledge, skills, and personal qualities and help them secure future theatre work and/or successfully pursue graduate studies.
  • BA theatre majors will demonstrate the core artistic and academic competencies that inform all theatre studies and incorporate the knowledge, skills, and personal qualities of focused theatre work in their choice of career paths. 
  • All theatre students will appreciate the value of authentic inquiry, the need for risk taking, and the lifelong skills of effective self-evaluation, active listening, spontaneous generosity, and insatiable curiosity.

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:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution

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 and minors.

 

 

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
MUSC 192 Private Lessons (Voice II) (1)

 

see course description

THTR 127 Stagecraft, LE (2) or THTR 140 Costumes for Theatre (2)

 

 

THTR 142 Stage Makeup (2)

 

 

THTR 180 Acting I, LE (2)

 

 

THTR 190 The Performer’s Body (2)

 

 

THTR 220 Stage Management  (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)

 

THTR 280, (LE) or consent of instructor

THTR 371 Movement for Performers (2)

 

 

THTR 372 Movement II (2)

 

 

THTR 379 Voice, Diction and Dialect (4)

 

 

THTR 380 Acting III (3)

 

 THTR 280 or consent of instructor

THTR 385 Musical Theatre (3)

 

 

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 Acting IV (4)

 

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)

 

 

THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE—PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS

67

 

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 and minors.

 

 

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 (2)

 

 

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)

 

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 329 Stage Costumes II (3)

 

THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor
or
THTR 140 or consent of instructor

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)

 

 

THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)

 

 

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)

 

 

Note: The LE requirement satisfied by THTR 124, Survey of Theatre, is waived for all Theatre majors and minors.

 

 

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 180 Acting I, LE (2)

 

 

THTR 190 The Performer’s Body (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.  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 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 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 127, 140 or 142, 180, 220, 228, or consent of instructor

II. Theatre History Courses

6

 

THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)

 

ENGL 220 (LE) or equivalent

THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)

 

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)

 

 

THTR 326 Stagecraft II (3)

 

THTR 127 (LE) 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 (LE) or consent of instructor

THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3)

 

THTR 140 or consent of instructor

THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3)

 

THTR 127 (LE) or consent of instructor

THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)

 

THTR 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)

 

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, 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 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