Creating theatrical productions for an audience is fundamental to our departmental mission as well as the best education of our students. Each year we produce up to four faculty directed shows, various senior productions, and multiple class projects. In addition to this, we offer summer opportunities as well as guest artist productions. All our productions require student contributions in scholarly, technical, administrative, and performance aspects. This work is considered an academic endeavor and, like a “laboratory” course, applies the knowledge that students learn in class, garnering course credit.
The Ensemble Experience
The words “collaborative” and “ensemble” appear often in discussions about theatre. More than any other discipline, theatre requires people to work together to create something that is larger than any one individual. Playwrights, directors, actors, dancers, designers, technicians, choreographers, administrators, and spectators all function together to make the theatre art. Our students and professors model such cooperative behavior. As an ensemble of individuals who share goals and ambitions, we work together to provide the best, most professional educational experiences for all involved.
Entrance and Exit Comprehensive diagnostic examinations are administered for incoming and graduating students. These are strictly confidential examinations intended to measure accomplishment and further develop the best curriculum and programming possible. Measured in these examinations are the student’s ability to communicate in writing as well as the student’s awareness of the human condition and how theatre probes that condition.
All Theatre majors are required to take Theatre 496 and 497, Senior Seminar, in their senior year of study. This course requires theatre majors to demonstrate the ability to connect analytical research to performance. The requirements include a research paper on an approved topic and a public performance or presentation of that research paper.
Theatre students may be advised by any Theatre faculty member that they choose. They must simply fill out the appropriate forms for both major declaration and advising. To become a theatre major it is necessary to get approval from the prospective advisor, fill out the Change of Major form, and submit it to the Records Office.