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2021-2022 Course Catalog

Required for the major in theatre arts

Students who major in Theatre Arts will develop abilities in the following areas:

  • Literature and history: a) recognize major dramatic forms and understand the historical context from which they arose; b) interrogate a text (question closely, in a formal manner); and c) integrate systematic research to support creative choices.
  • Design and technical theatre: a) design a performance environment; and b) synthesize cultural history.
  • Performance: a) skillfully prepare a live theatrical performance; and b) execute and then evaluate a live performance.

The major in theatre arts requires the following:

  1. THAR 187: Acting I
  2. THAR 135: Stagecraft or THAR 137: Costume Crafts and Technology
  3. THAR 212: Theatre Traditions I: Greeks through the 18th Century
  4. THAR 224: Theatre Traditions II: Romanticism through the Present
  5. THAR 231: Design and Production
  6. THAR 327: Playscript Analysis
  7. Seven terms of participation in either THAR 355: Theatre Production Laboratory or THAR 357: Musical Theatre Production Laboratory. Normally granted at one unit per term of participation.
  8. Three additional courses (18 units) in a focus area or courses across focus areas or continue a generalist approach. No more than twelve units of tutorials may be counted in the theatre arts major.
  9. Senior project including enrollment in THAR 687 (1 unit)

Focus on performance

Additional courses in performance include Movement & Text, Acting II: Premodern, Acting III  or Play Directing, and 12 additional units in performance-related courses, including voice and dance.

Focus on design and technical theatre

Additional production-related courses include Costume, Set, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Make-up, Control Systems, Props (3-units each), Advanced Design Studio.

Focus on dramatic theory, history, and literature

Dramatic Theory and Criticism and an additional course in theatre history are required. Then students will take an additional 12 units of dramatic literature in the Departments of Theatre Arts or English or in a language department. We urge students who intend to pursue graduate studies in this area to continue their language studies to the level of advanced proficiency.

Senior Experience in theatre arts

The required Senior Experience is a cumulative project that reflects each student's specific interests and the wide range of activity in our department. While majors often begin the planning process for their senior project with their advisor during sophomore year, proposals to the department are due at the beginning of Spring Term junior year. A wide variety of options are available as valid senior projects. They include:

  • Creating a major acting role and documenting your efforts
  • Directing a one-act play (up to 70 minutes, department pays for license and scripts)
  • Set, lighting, costume, or sound design for a main-stage or senior project production
  • Technical direction or stage management for a production
  • Creating and teaching curriculum for primary or secondary students in cooperation with Appleton area schools
  • Writing a play and producing an initial reading of it for a general audience. Preparation for an initial reading consists of 2–3 rehearsals. In performance, stage directions are read and actors present from music stands.
  • Scholarly activities such as writing on an aspect of theatre history for presentation or publication.
  • Presenting a staged reading of a play. Preparation for staged readings usually consists of 4–6 rehearsals. In performance, actors should be at music stands and occasionally use key props and/or costume accessories to clarify action. Lighting is general. We encourage the use of sounds elements to establish setting, set mood, and clarify action.

Proposals for projects must address the following:

  1. The requirements and challenges of the project, including impact on and intersection with the department's ongoing activity
  2. The course and production work and internship experiences that have prepared you to successfully complete the project
  3. The scholarly, artistic, and personal goals you hope to achieve with your project
  4. Request for space including preferred term and special production needs

As theatre is a collaborative art form, the senior project is often a shared experience with other seniors; the department encourages groups of rising seniors to propose joint efforts.

The department welcomes project proposals involving shared experiences with other departments. The senior project can be tailored to fit the needs of a student seeking teaching certification.

Required for the minor in theatre arts

  1. THAR 111: Introduction to the Theatre
  2. THAR 135: Stagecraft or THAR 137: Costume Crafts and Technology
  3. THAR 187: Acting I
  4. THAR 212 or 224: Theatre Traditions
  5. THAR 327: Playscript Analysis
  6. THAR 347: Acting II: Premodern or THAR 231: Introduction to Design for Theatre
  7. An additional course in performance, design, or theatre history/literature
  8. THAR 355 or 357: Theatre Production Laboratory (3 terms of participation, normally granted at one unit per term of participation)

Teacher certification in theatre arts

Theatre arts majors can seek certification to teach theatre arts at the secondary level. Students can add an endorsement in a second area (such as English as a second language) by completing the appropriate minor. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.