BA in Theatre with Emphasis in Performance

Degree Program Description

Students in the BA in Theatre with emphasis in Performance are offered a curriculum that includes a sequence of acting and performance classes, emphasizing scene study in comedy and drama, contemporary and period styles, stage movement, vocal performance, and musical theatre performance.  But it’s more than just acting, singing, and dancing – our performance students take introductory and advanced classes in theatre history, script analysis, directing, stage combat, improvisation, American musicals, stage makeup, storytelling, folklore, performance art, performance of literature, and theatre of the oppressed. Students have the opportunity to put into practice what they learn in the classroom by performing in a variety of productions -- from main stage faculty-directed musicals and plays, to student-directed shows, ensembles and workshops. College credit can be earned during the academic year for performing in MU Theatre productions, as well as those of the World Theatre Workshop, the MU Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research, the Missouri Playwrights Workshop, the Larry Clark Actor’s Workshop, and the Troubling Violence Performance Project, and during the summer as a member of our our professional Summer Repertory Theatre company. MU Theatre alumni are involved in theatre, film, and television in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and across the country. They are actors, singers, dancers, directors, stage managers, musicians, storytellers, and teachers, who share their love of theatre and the performing arts by entertaining and enlightening audiences everywhere.

Major Program Requirements

THEATR 4570Theatrical Costume Design3
Performance classes chosen from14
THEATR 1250World Theatre Workshop2
THEATR 1360Stage Makeup1
THEATR 1420Stage Movement for the Actor2
THEATR 2200Introduction to Performance Studies3
THEATR 2410Performance Workshop1
THEATR 3200Performance of Literature3
THEATR 3230Vocal Performance Technique3
THEATR 3420Acting I3
THEATR 3430Acting II3
THEATR 3600Theatrical Directing3
THEATR 4220Acting III3
THEATR 4240Theory and Practice of Theatre of the Oppressed3
THEATR 4460Musical Theatre Performance3
THEATR 4600Advanced Directing3
Design / technical classes2-3

Semester Plan

See also Technical Theatre and Writing for Performance emphasis areas. 

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Behavioral Science3Am. Government or History3
Foreign Language I5Foreign Language II5
THEATR 1320 or 13403THEATR 28003
THEATR 27103 
 17 14
Second Year
Humanities*3Foreign Language III3
Biological/Physical/Math Science+3Biological/Physical/Math Science4-5
Social Science3General Elective3
THEATR 23001Theatre Performance Electives6
Theatre Design/Tech Elective3 
 13 16-17
Third Year
Humanities6Social Science++3
Behavioral Science++3General Electives6
Theatre Performance Electives6THEATR 33001
THEATR 45703Electives3
 18 13
Fourth Year
Biological/Physical/Math Science3Humanities++3
Theatre Performance Elective6THEATR 37003
THEATR 49901Upper Division WI Course3
General Electives93000+-level Elective3
 19 12
Total Credits: 122-123

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