Theatre

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Faculty: Jared Larkin, Spencer Potter, Michael Vought, Nina Vought

Theatre Courses

Mission

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:

    • impassioned teaching and learning
    • respect for diversity
    • collaboration and teamwork
    • personal and social responsibility
    • excellence
    • high ethical standards

The Department of Theatre members are 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 are 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
  • WCore requirements

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 Performance Emphasis

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world
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)
MUSC 192 Private Lessons (Voice II) (1)
THTR 101 Devised Theatre (1)
THTR 180 Acting I (restricted to Theatre majors and minors) (3)
THTR 190 The Holistic Artist: a Guide to Creative Wellness (3)
THTR 218 Stage Makeup and Lab (2)
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement (2)
THTR 280 Acting II and Lab (2) THTR 180
Choose one of the following courses:
THTR 129 Costumes Stagecraft I and Lab (2)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2)
III. Upper Division Performance Courses 34
THTR 303 Performance Studies (1 credit, take twice for 2)
THTR 330 Dance for Theatre (2)
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3) THTR 380 and instructor permission
THTR 371 Movement I (2)
THTR 372 Movement II (2) THTR 371
THTR 379 Voice for the Actor I (4)
THTR 380 Acting III (4) THTR 255, THTR 280, and instructor permission
THTR 385 Musical Theatre (3)
THTR 470 Directing (3) THTR 220, THTR 358, and THTR 359
THTR 479 Voice for the Actor II (3) THTR 379
THTR 480 Acting IV and Lab (2) THTR 380 and instructor permission
THTR 481 Acting V and Lab (2) THTR 255, THTR 280, THR 380, THTR 480, and instructor permission
THTR 485 Senior Seminar (2) — taken during fall of senior year senior standing
IV. Theatre History and Literature Courses 13
THTR 255 Script Analysis (3) – take year 1 or 2
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory (4)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN THEATRE—PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS 75

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA Theatre with Performance Emphasis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1
THTR 101 Devised Theatre (1)
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement (2)
THTR 180 Acting I (3)
THTR 218 Stage Makeup and Lab (2)


THTR 280 Acting II and Lab (2)
THTR 255 Script Analysis (3)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2) or THTR 129 Costume Stagecraft I and Lab (2)


Year 2
THTR 379 Voice for the Actor I (4)
THTR 371 Movement I (2)
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)


THTR 380 Acting III (4)
THTR 372  Movement II (2)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)


Year 3
THTR 361 Auditioning as a Business (3)
THTR 479 Voice for the Actor II (3)
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory (4)


THTR 480 Acting IV and Lab (2)
THTR 190 The Holistic Artist (3)
THTR 385 Musical Theatre (3)


Year 4 THTR 481 Acting V and Lab (4)
THTR 485 Senior Seminar (2)


THTR 470 Directing (3)
THTR 330 Dance for Theatre (2)



Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with Production and Design Emphasis

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
II. Lower Division Courses 32
THTR 101 Devised Theatre (1)
THTR 129 Costumes Stagecraft I and Lab (2)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2)
THTR 161 Visual Design Communication (3)
THTR 180 Acting I (3) (restricted to Theatre majors and minors)
THTR 190 The Holistic Artist: a Guide to Creative Wellness (3)
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)
THTR 260 Design for Theatre (3)
THTR 275 Period Styles (3)
Complete 9 credit hours from the following list of courses:
WCFAH 132 Sound, Music, and Technology (3)
THTR 160 Computer Aided Drafting for Theatre (3)
THTR 217 Costume Design I (3)
THTR 218 Stage Makeup I and Lab (2)
THTR 224 Scenic Design I (3) THTR 161
THTR 225 Stage Lighting I (3) THTR 145 and THTR 160
THTR 200/300 Special Topics in production and design (1-4)
III. Upper Division Production and Design Courses
21-25
THTR 400 Theatre Design Studio (3) THTR 161 and THTR 260 and at least one set of design I and II courses
THTR 440 Internship in Technical Theatre (1-4) junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator
THTR 485 Senior Seminar (2) – taken fall of senior year senior standing
Choose 15 credit hours from the following list of courses
THTR 200/300 Special Topics in production and design (1-4)
THTR 317 Costume Design II (3) THTR 161 and THTR 217
THTR 318 Advanced Stage Makeup (3) THTR 218
THTR 324 Scenic Design II (3) THTR 145, THTR 161, and THTR 224
THTR 325 Lighting Design II (3) THTR 145 and THTR 225
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3) THTR 145
THTR 329 Costumes Stagecraft II (3) THTR 129
THTR 340 Sound for Theatre (3) THTR 127
THTR 345 Stagecraft II (3) THTR 145
IV. Theatre History and Literature Courses 13
THTR 255 Script Analysis (3) – take year 1 or 2
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory (4)
TOTAL HOURS FOR BFA IN THEATRE—PRODUCTION AND DESIGN EMPHASIS 74-78

Recommended Plan of Study for BFA in Theatre with Production and Design Emphasis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1
THTR 101 Devised Theatre (1)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2) or THTR 129 Costumes Stagecraft I and Lab (2)
THTR 161 Visual Design (3)
THTR 255 Script Analysis (3)
THTR 275 Period Styles (3)
THTR 180 Acting I (2)
Year 2

THTR 190 The Holistic Artist (3)
THTR 260 Design for Theatre (3)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2) or THTR 129 Costumes Stagecraft I and Lab (2)


THTR 220 Stage Management (3)
Lower Division Elective (3)
Lower Division Elective (3)

Year 3

THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
Lower Division Elective (3)
Upper Division Elective (3)


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

Year 4

THTR 485 Senior Seminar (2)
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory (4)
Upper Division Elective (3)


THTR 400 Theatre Design Studio (3)
Upper Division Elective (3)
Upper Division Elective (3)

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Theatre majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
II. Required Courses 19
THTR 101 Devised Theatre (1)
THTR 129 Costumes Stagecraft I and Lab (2)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2)
THTR 180 Acting I (3)
THTR 190 The Holistic Artist: a Guide to Creative Wellness (3)
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)
THTR 470 Directing – offered spring of even years THTR 220, THTR 358, THTR 359
THTR 485 Senior Seminar (2) – taken fall of senior year senior standing
III. Theatre History and Literature Courses 13
THTR 255 Script Analysis (3)
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory
IV. Elective Courses 16
Complete 16 credit hours from the following list of courses:
General Electives
THTR 200/300 Special Topics (1-4)
THTR 221 the Yogic Experience (4)
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2)*
THTR 490 Senior Theatre Project (1-3) senior standing
Performance Electives (suggested for pursuing Performance BFA)
THTR 218 Stage Makeup and Lab (2)
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement (2)
THTR 280 Acting II and Lab (2) THTR 180
THTR 330 Dance for Theatre (2)
THTR 371 Movement I (2)
THTR 372 Movement II (2)
THTR 385 Musical Theatre (3)
Production and Design Electives (suggested for pursuing Production and Design BFA)
THTR 160 Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre (3)
THTR 217 Costume Design I (3)
THTR 218 Stage Makeup and Lab (2)
THTR 224 Scenic Design I (3) THTR 161
THTR 225 Lighting Design I (3) THTR 145 and THTR 160
THTR 260 Design for the Theatre (3)
THTR 275 Period Styles (3)
THTR 328 Advanced Workshop in Technical Theatre (2)* THTR 228
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3) THTR 145
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BA IN THEATRE 56

*Note: Although THTR 228 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 BA Theatre

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1
THTR 101 Devised Theatre (1)
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement (2)
THTR 180 Acting I (3)
THTR 218 Stage Makeup and Lab (2)


THTR 280 Acting II and Lab (2)
THTR 255 Script Analysis (3)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2) or THTR 129 Costumes Stagecraft I and Lab (2)


Year 2 THTR 379 Voice for the Actor I (4)
THTR 371 Movement I (2)
THTR 358 History of Theatre I (3)


THTR 359 History of Theatre II (3)
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2) or THTR 129 Costume Stagecraft I and Lab (2)


Year 3
THTR 450 Dramatic Theory (3)
Any elective
Any elective


THTR 190 The Holistic Artist (3)
Any elective
Any elective


Year 4
THTR 485 Senior Seminar (2)
Any elective
Any elective
THTR 470 Directing (3)
Any elective
Any elective

Theatre Arts Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 10
THTR 101 Devised Theatre (1)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2) or THTR 129 Costumes Stagecraft I and Lab (2)
THTR 180 Acting I (3)
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)
II. Theatre History and Literature Courses 9
THTR 255 Script Analysis (3) – take year 1 or 2
THTR 358 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
THTR 359 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)
III. General Electives 6
Complete 6 credit hours from the following list of courses; at least two credit hours must be 300- or 400-level:
THTR 190 The Holistic Artist: a Guide to Creative Wellness (3)
THTR 200/300 Special Topics (1-4)
THTR 217 Costume Design I (3)
THTR 218 Stage Makeup and Lab (2)
THTR 221 The Yogic Experience (4)
THTR 224 Scenic Design I (3) THTR 161
THTR 225 Lighting Design I (3) THTR 145 and THTR 160
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2)*
THTR 230 Beginning Dance and Movement (2)
THTR 260 Design for the Theatre (3)
THTR 280 Acting II and Lab (2) THTR 180
THTR 303 Performance Studies (1)
THTR 329 Stage Costumes II (3) THTR 129
THTR 330 Dance for Theatre (2)
THTR 335 Scenic Painting and Properties (3) THTR 145
THTR 345 Stagecraft II (3) THTR 145
THTR 371 Movement I (2)
THTR 372 Movement II (2) THTR 371
THTR 379 Voice for the Actor I
TOTAL HOURS FOR MINOR IN THEATRE
27

*Note: Although THTR 228 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
Year 1
THTR 101 Devised Theatre (1)
THTR 180 Acting I (3)


THTR 218 Stage Makeup and Lab (2)
THTR 255 Script Analysis (3)


Year 2
THTR 358 Theatre History I (3)
THTR 145 Stagecraft I and Lab (2) or THTR 129 Costume Stagecraft I and Lab (2)


THTR 359 Theatre History II (3)
THTR 220 Stage Management (3)


Year 3
Any elective
Any elective


Any elective
Any elective


Year 4
Any elective
Any elective
Any elective
Any elective
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