Fine & Performing Arts Theatre-Performance

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College: Fine & Performing Arts
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: No
Advisor: Harris Smith
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COLLEGE: Fine & Performing Arts

MAJOR: Theatre-Performance

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


ADVISOR: Harris Smith


Interim Director: Harris Smith, 215 Temple Building

Professors: Grange, O'Connor, V. Smith, Steger

Associate Professors: Borden, Endacott, Kolbe, Shoemaker, H. Smith, Stauffer, Teo-Gooding

Assistant Professors: Madsen, Veneziano

Assistant Professors of Practice: Broulik, Critel

This program offers comprehensive actor training through a core of eight different acting courses, which move from basic process work to detailed exploration of specific technical and stylistic demands. The emphasis also offers up to four semesters each of voice and speech training and movement training.

Degree at a Glance

ACE Requirements30

Languages: Classical and Modern0-6

Select from the list of “Approved Courses” found under “College Degree Requirements.”

Theatre Core Requirements39

Performance Emphasis Requirements22


Total Hours Required for Graduation120


Both new and transfer students wishing to complete the performance emphasis must audition for the program.


Core Requirements

BA Core Requirements39

THEA 112G Introduction to Theatre3

THEA 114 Basic Acting Techniques I3

THEA 115 Basic Acting Techniques II3

THEA 201 Technical Theatre Practice3

THEA 202 Play Direction I3

THEA 204 Stage Makeup3

THEA 223 Intermediate Acting I3

THEA 234 Scripts in Production3

THEA 253 Voice Production for the Stage3

THEA 255 Stage Movement I3

THEA 335 History of Theatre I3

THEA 336 History of Theatre II3

THEA 472 Theatre Perspectives3

Emphasis Requirements

Performance Emphasis Requirements22

THEA 224 Intermediate Acting II3

THEA 254 Stage Diction & Dialects3

THEA 256 Stage Movement II3

THEA 401 Advanced Acting9

THEA 408 Advanced Projects in Acting &/or Directing1

Select one course from:3

THEA 120 Principles of Design for Theatre & Film (3 cr)

THEA 210 Introduction to Stage Lighting (3 cr)

THEA 412 Scene Design I (3 cr)

THEA 418 Costume Design I (3 cr)

THEA 450 Sound Design I (3 cr)

Minor Requirements

Minors are allowed, but not required, with the theatre–performance emphasis.

Theatre majors may elect to specialize in musical theatre through the minor in musical theatre. This option is open only to students with a major in theatre or music. To qualify for the required voice lessons, students must audition for the Glenn Korff School of Music voice faculty for acceptance as a musical theatre minor.

Plan A Minor in Musical Theatre (theatre majors) – 26 credits

MUSC 131 Keyboard Skills I1

MUSC 132 Keyboard Skills II1

MUSC 160 Music as Art, Discipline, & Profession3

MUSC 165 Musicianship I3

MUSC 165A Musicianship I Lab1

MUOP 455 Musical Theatre Techniques (THEA 455)3

Applied voice lessons (MUAP 101, MUAP 201)5

Choral Ensembles2


Dance (movement) courses5


Prerequisite Requirements/Advancement in Major

Review and screening for continuation in this emphasis are done when students are enrolled in THEA 223 Intermediate Acting I (typically their third semester as theatre majors). The review includes an interview, an audition, and an analysis of the overall academic and artistic record; all of which are used to determine potential for success throughout the course of study. Approved students are permitted to enroll in THEA 224 Intermediate Acting II and in subsequent required performance emphasis courses.

  • Students in the Theatre-Performance emphasis are expected to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA throughout their career. Transcripts will be reviewed periodically to ensure satisfactory progress. Failure to maintain a 2.5 GPA may result in dismissal from the program.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

Minimum grade for all major requirements is C.

Pass/No Pass Limits

All courses taken for major requirements must be for letter grade, unless the course is only offered Pass/No Pass.