Department of Theatre


Performance Option

This option offers students pre-professional training in stage and film performance which prepares them for a pluralistic range of outcomes including professional employment in theatre, film or television, future advanced or graduate study, or skills leading to work in allied performance fields of interest.

Performance option classes should begin at the sophomore level. The student will commence their course of study by enrolling first in the lower level Theatre Core and Performance Core classes and then progress through the curriculum sequence. Performance Option Electives should then be completed at the junior and senior levels. Performers should plan a course of study each semester, which develops their movement and voice skills through such diverse disciplines as singing, voice and movement for the actor, dance or athletics. All theatre students are expected to be acquainted with the Department of Theatre Handbook, and policies related to auditioning, casting, and rehearsal deportment, etc. Students who are matriculated into the Performance Option as a double major should acquire a faculty advisor within the Department of Theatre.

Requirements for a Major in Theatre for a B.A. Degree, Performance Option:

Theatre Core: Credits
THR 110 - Introduction to Theatre Technology 3
THR 165 - Dramatic Heritage: Study and Analysis of Plays 3
THR 125 – Introduction to Design 3
THR 230 or 231 – Acting  I 3
THR 321- Theatre History I 3
THR 322 - Theatre History II 3
Production Lab (choose one):
THR 242 - Production Studio I 1
Performance Core:
THR 232 – Improvisation for Theatre Majors 3
THR 301 – Physical and Vocal Expression for the Performer I 3
THR 302 - Physical and Vocal Expression for the Performer II 3
THR 332 – Acting  II – Intermediate Acting 3
THR 333 - Acting III – Introduction to Classical Technique 3
THR 486 - Senior Seminar, Performance 3
Performance Electives (choose 3):
THR 318 - Devising Theatre 9
THR 334 – Audition Techniques for Stage and Film
THR 335 - Acting for the Camera
THR 355 - Directing
THR 368 – Contemporary British and Irish Dramatic Literature
THR 369 – The American Canon: Seminar in Dramatic Literature
THR 370 – Theories of Theatre and Performance
THR 381 – Theatre Management
THR 395 – Applied Study in Theatre
THR 401 - Advanced Movement
THR 402 - Advanced Voice
THR 432 – Acting Techniques: Jacobean Theatre
THR 433 – Acting IV – Advanced Scene Study
THR 435 – Acting for the Camera II
THR 455 – Directing II
THR 495 - Theatre Seminar
Total: 46

A "C" is required in each course counted for the Performance Option.

To satisfy the requirements for the Performance Option, a student must also successfully complete a performance requirement, which includes auditioning for all Department of University plays.

Oral Competency Requirement, Performance Option: To satisfy the oral competency requirement for the B.A. degree a student must successfully complete THR 486.