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 (i.e., 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 (i.e., 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.

Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1

  • Basics of Theatrical Production
  • Theater and Society
  • LAC 1 (SS)
  • LAC 2 (NS)
  • Theater Practicum ISP
  • Ritual Theory
  • LAC 3
  • LAC 4
  • LAC 5
Year 2
  • Intro to Performance Studies
  • Acting 1
  • LAC 6
  • Diverse Perspectives Req
  • Elective ISP
  • Elective
  • Acting 2
  • LAC 7
  • Opera, Ballet, and the Supernatural
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Year 3
  • Directing 1
  • Sociology of Art and Performance
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Theater Internship
  • Elective
  • Anthropoplogy of Performance
  • Thesis Tutorial
  • Modern Dance
Year 4
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Thesis Tutorial
  

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Basics of Theatrical Production
  • Modern Dance
  • Intro to Performance Studies
  • Ritual Theory
  • Dance Practicum
  • Composition and Choreography
  • Anthropology of Performance
  • Elective
  • Dance Tutorial
Year 4
  • Acting 1
  • 20th c. Drama in Theory and Practice
  • Embodiment
  • Elective
  • Thesis
  • Dance Internship (SCD)
  • Music and Culture of the Hispanic Carribean
  • Elective
  • Thesis