Curriculum

The Theatre department curriculum falls into two broad, though inter-related, categories: 1) practice-based courses that develop Performance and Production skills; and 2) academic courses that study Dramatic Literature, Criticism, and Theater History.

The list below includes current and recent courses arranged by major and minor requirement categories.  ‘Fundamentals’ are the core of our Theatre education providing a well-rounded educational experience.  ‘Performance and Production’ and ‘History, Criticism, and Dramatic Literature’ offer many options and may also be used as electives if you choose to take more than required.   ‘Electives’ count only as electives but frequently serve as prerequisites to advanced classes.  ‘Production Labs’ are required for everyone and are a great way to get started in Theatre.

If you are seeking additional vocal training in musical theater or opera, see these courses offered in the Music Department. ​Musical Theater Performance (MUSP2750-01)​, BC Opera Workshop (MUSP2850-01)​, Individual Vocal Instruction (MUSP1900), ​Individual Vocal Instruction (MUSP1925).

A complete list of course offerings for the current semester can be found on the Office of Student Services website.

Theatre Majors must take all of these courses. Theatre Minors must take Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process (or Introduction to Theatre, in special cases), Acting I, Elements of Theatre Production I, and may choose one of the History of Theatre courses.

Course Course Title Credit
THTR1170 Introduction to Theater 3
THTR1172 Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process 3
THTR1103 Acting I: Fundamentals of Performance 3
THTR1130 Elements of Theatre Production I 3
THTR1140 Elements of Theatre Production II 3
THTR2275 History of Theater I 3
THTR2285 History of Theater II 3

Upper Level Performance and/or Production

Theatre Majors must take 6 credits from this category.   Additional credits will count toward electives. Theatre Minors must take 3 credits from this category. Specialty courses not listed here may be offered when we have visiting artists and guest faculty.  Any course that falls within this number range will count toward this category.

  • THTR3300-THTR3370
  • THTR4400-THTR4470
  • THTR5540 & THTR5548
Course Course Title Credit
THTR3300 Acting Techniques II 3
THTR3303 Acting III: Spontaneity & Imagination 3
THTR3313 The Art of the Audition 3
THTR3319 Musical Theatre Performance 3
THTR3321 Modern Dance II 3
THTR3322 Jazz Dance II 3
THTR3323 Dance for Musicals II 3
THTR3344 Stage Design I 3
THTR3347 Costume Design 3
THTR3349 Lighting Design for Stage 3
THTR3362 Playwriting I & II 3
THTR3366 Directing I & II 3
THTR4403 Advanced Meisner Technique 3
THTR4409 Master Class in Acting 3
THTR5540 Theater Practicum in Design 3
THTR5546 Theater Practicum in Performance 3
THTR5548 Theater Practicum in Directing 3
  • Not all classes are offered every year. Some courses are offered only by demand.
  • Specialty courses in musical theatre, puppetry, event organization, and advanced acting are added depending on the expertise of our guest artists.
  • The Music Department offers voice lessons, musical theater and opera classes.

Upper Level History, Criticism, and/or Dramatic Literature

Theatre Majors must take 6 credits from this category.   Additional credits will count toward electives. Theatre Minors must take 3 credits from this category. Specialty courses not listed here may be offered when we have visiting artists and guest faculty.  Any course that falls within this number range will count toward this category.

Choose from THTR3371-THTR3399

Course Course Title Credit
THTR3371 Theater in Boston: the Critical Eye 3
THTR3372 Contemporary Theater & Drama in London 3
THTR3374 American Theater & Drama 3
THTR3375 American Popular Entertainment 3
THTR3376 American Musical Theatre 3
THTR3377 Fashion & Decor: A Cultural History 3
THTR3378 Creative Dramatics 3
THTR3382 Contemporary Theatre and Drama 3
THTR3385 African American Theater & Drama 3
THTR3386 Shakespeare on Stage 3
THTR3387 Modern Theater and Drama 3
  • Not all classes are offered every year.
  • Specialty courses in various topics are added depending on the expertise of our guest artists.

Electives Only

These courses only count towards electives. Upper level courses will also count toward electives if more than the required number of courses are taken.

Course Course Title Credit
THTR1120 Elements of Dance 3
THTR1125 Beginning Ballet I 3
THTR1126 Beginning Ballet II 3
THTR1128 Ballroom Dance: Mid-19th Century 3
THTR2203 Acting II: Voice/Body/Text 3
THTR2210 Improvisation for Stage I 3
THTR2211 Improvisation for Stage II 3
THTR2213 Voice for the Stage 3
THTR2220 Stage Movement for Actors 3
THTR2221 Modern Dance I 3
THTR2222 Jazz Dance I 3
THTR2223 Dance for Musicals I 3
THTR2225 Intermediate Ballet I 3
THTR2226 Intermediate Ballet II 3
THTR2239 Stage Management Basics 3
THTR5546 Theater Practicum in Performance 3
THTR2240 Dramaturgy Basics 3
THTR2247 Makeup Design for the Stage 3
THTR2251 Principles of Theatre Management 3
THTR2255 Theatre Skills: Sound Design Basics 3
THTR2257 Independent TV & Film 3
THTR2268 Theatre for Youth 3

Theatre Production Labs

All are welcome, majors and non-majors alike, to sign up for a one credit lab. You will learn skills backstage building costumes, scenery, paint, props, lights or sound. Or sign up to be backstage as ‘run crew’ during a performance. No experience is necessary to sign up for a lab and the supervisor will convey specific requirements for what is expected. It is open to everyone although some areas require the permission of the instructor. One-credit production labs are graded on a pass/fail basis.

You may register anytime up through the drop/add period. It is recommended that anyone who is auditioning for a show sign up for a production lab after the auditions on the first weekend of the semester.

A theater major is required to earn six laboratory credits in order to complete the major.

Course Course Title Credit

THTR1011

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB I: SCENERY RUN

1

THTR1012

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB: WARDROBE RUN

1

THTR1013

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB: ACTING PRACTICUM

1

THTR1014

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB I: ELECTRICS RUN

1

THTR1015

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB I: SOUND RUN

1

THTR1016

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB I: SPECIAL TOPICS RUN

1

THTR1021

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB II: SCENERY PREP

1

THTR1022

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB II: COSTUMES PREP

1

THTR1023

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB II: PROPS/PAINT PREP

1

THTR1024

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB II: ELECTRICS PREP

1

THTR1025

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB II: SOUND PREP

1

THTR1026

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB II: SPECIAL TOPICS PREP

1

THTR1027

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB II: DRAMATURGY

1

THTR1031

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB III:ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER

1

THTR1032

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB III:ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER

1

THTR1034

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB III:ASSISTANT LIGHT DESIGNER

1

THTR1035

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB III:ASSISTANT SOUND DESIGNER

1

THTR1038

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB III: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

1

THTR1039

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB III:ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGMENT

1

THTR1040

THEATRE PRODUCTION LAB III: CHOREOGRAPHY

1

THTR1041

ADVANCED PRODUCTION LAB: SCENIC DESIGN

2

THTR1042

ADVANCED PRODUCTION LAB:COSTUME DESIGN

2

THTR1044

ADVANCED PRODUCTION LAB: LIGHT DESIGN

2

THTR1045

ADVANCED PRODUCTION LAB: SOUND DESIGN

2

THTR1049

ADVANCED PRODUCTION LAB: STAGE MANAGER

2

THTR1051

ADVANCED PRODUCTION LAB: TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

2