Theater Curriculum

By graduation, students need to have taken the equivalent of 8-10 courses in theater or about half the total courses for their entire, joint-disciplinary Area of Concentration.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

Students planning to declare an Area of Concentration combining theater with another discipline should first consult with one of the faculty members listed here, and also with a faculty member in the other discipline, about requirements for such combinations.

A Provisional Area of Concentration form filled out in consultation with faculty from both disciplines, indicating any further work needed to complete the Area of Concentration for graduation, must be submitted no later than the semester of the student’s fifth contract. The signature of one of the faculty members listed above must appear on the completed Provisional Area of Concentration form.

Note: the procedure above applies to combinations of theater with another discipline (e.g., literature, anthropology). Combining theater with a component of study covering an entire division, such as “Social Sciences/Theater,” requires a different procedure — see the rules for “Special Programs” in the New College Faculty Handbook.

Requirements for the theater component:
By graduation, students need to have taken the equivalent of 8-10 courses in theater or about half the total courses for their entire, joint-disciplinary Area of Concentration.

PRACTICAL STUDY

Required Undertakings:

  • Introduction to Acting (Module course or group ISP, taught by FSU/Asolo faculty
  • Advanced Acting (Module course or group ISP, taught by FSU/Asolo faculty.)
  • Stagecraft Internship at the Asolo Conservatory (See a New College faculty member listed above to make arrangements; should be entered and evaluated as a semester or module Independent Reading Project on one of the student’s New College contracts.)

Production Involvement:
Normally after completing at least one of the required Asolo courses, students begin to take part in play production tutorials that have academic sponsorship from one of the faculty members listed above. The student’s work in play productions should include not just acting, but also “behind the scenes” work (as stage manager, director, or in some other capacity).

Literary, Historical, and Theoretical Study
Students need to take New College courses or tutorials involving study of the following kinds: literary analysis of dramatic texts; study of theater’s historical development and social context; study of diverse theoretical approaches to theater. A student may be able to study more than one of these kinds within a single course: for instance, a course on Spanish Drama of the Golden Age may involve both analysis of play texts and study of performance practices of the period; a course on Brecht may involve analysis of his play texts and of his theoretical ideas. But the student must have done all three kinds of study by graduation.

Interdisciplinary courses would be very appropriate here; thus, courses on Anthropology and Performance or on Aesthetics (Philosophy) of Performance would meet the requirement for theoretical work. A course or tutorial on playwriting might help meet the requirements for literary study, but should not be the only work in literary study the student undertakes. The senior project may or may not involve theater.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Theater

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Basics of Theatrical ProductionTheater Practicum ISPRitual Theory
Theater and SocietyLAC 3
LAC 1 (SS)LAC 4
LAC 2 (NS)LAC 5
Year 2Intro to Performance StudiesElective ISPElective
Acting 1Acting 2
LAC 6LAC 7
Diverse Perspectives ReqOpera, Ballet, and the Supernatural
Year 3Directing 1Theater InternshipElective
Sociology of Art and PerformanceAnthropoplogy of Performance
ElectiveThesis Tutorial
ElectiveModern Dance
Year 4Elective
Elective
Elective
Thesis Tutorial

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Theater

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Basics of Theatrical ProductionDance PracticumComposition and Choreography
Modern DanceAnthropology of Performance
Intro to Performance StudiesElective
Ritual TheoryDance Tutorial
Year 4Acting 1Dance Internship (SCD)Music and Culture of the Hispanic Carribean
20th c. Drama in Theory and PracticeElective
EmbodimentThesis
Elective
year 4Thesis