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.

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Program Requirements:

The program is divided between courses in performance practice (practicum) and courses with a focus in theoretical, historical, cultural, social, and literary approaches (theory).

Full AOC

Theory:

  • One full credit academic activity or equivalent designed to introduce the field of Theater Dance and Performance Studies.
  • Five full credit academic activities or equivalent focusing on theoretical, historical, cultural, social, or literary approaches to the performing arts and performance. These courses must be based in at least three different disciplines (ie. TDPS, Music, Literature, Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, etc.) and include at least two intermediate/advanced level theoretical, historical, cultural, social, or literary full credit academic activities in any field.

Practicum:

Five full credit academic activities or equivalents, including:

  • One activity each in Acting, Dance, and Technical Theater;
  • One activity in Advanced Acting, Directing, Choreography, or Design;
  • One additional elective practicum activity;
  • One internship with a professional or community performance organization;
  • Thesis in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. The thesis must include a written component and may also include a performance component.

Joint Disciplinary AOC

Theory:

  • Four full credit academic activities or equivalent focusing on theoretical, historical, cultural, social, or literary approaches to the performing arts and performance. These academic activities must be based in at least two different disciplines (ie. TDPS, Music, Literature, Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, etc.) and include at least one advanced level theoretical, historical, cultural, social, or literary activity in any field. Introduction to Performance Studies is strongly recommended.

Practicum:

  • Four full credit academic activities or equivalent, including at least one activity each in two of the following three fields: Acting, Dance, and Technical Theater, and one advanced level practicum activity in any field. The Joint Disciplinary AOC does not require an internship.
  • Thesis must include a significant component engaging with Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

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 PerformanceAnthropology of Performance
ElectiveThesis Tutorial
ElectiveModern Dance
Year 4Elective
Elective
Elective
Thesis Tutorial

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

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