BA in Theatre
Degree Program Description
The study of Theatre focuses upon the produced play, past, present, and future. The BA in Theatre offers students an appreciation of theatre as a fine art, sharpens the talents of those who seek careers in theatre and provides students with methods of stimulating and using their imagination and intensifying their communication skills. Students must choose from one of three emphasis areas: Design/Technical, Performance, and Writing for Performance. The curriculum includes: examining the heritage of theatre through dramatic literature and theatre history, exercises in theatrical skills, artistic training in design and performance, and theory and criticism of theatre. The Rhynsburger Theatre, the Corner Playhouse, and outreach programs serve as laboratories for ongoing examination of theatre in society, responsive to social issues. Working with faculty and staff of professionally trained actors, directors, and designers, students focus on performance, writing for performance, and theatre design and technology. MU undergraduate theatre students have taken their work to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, winning awards in acting, playwriting, design, and dramaturgy. After graduation, many of our students find work in film, television, and the professional theatre as actors, directors, designers, stage managers, artists, and technicians, or go on to graduate school to further their theatre education.
Major Program Requirements
The major in Theatre consists of core courses and an emphasis area. In addition, all students must complete all College of Arts and Sciences and University graduation requirements, including University General Education. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
|Major core requirements||15|
|THEATR 1320||Beginning Scenic Construction||3|
|or THEATR 1340||Beginning Costume Construction|
|THEATR 2300||Production Workshop I||1|
|THEATR 2710||Introduction to Theatre History||3|
|THEATR 2800||Principles of Script Analysis||3|
|THEATR 3300||Production Workshop II||1|
|THEATR 4990||Capstone in Theatre||1|
|Select 3 hours from:|
|THEATR 1720||African-American Theatre History||3|
|THEATR 3700||World Dramatic Literature||3|
|THEATR 3750||New American Theatre||3|
|THEATR 3770||The Theatre Experience: From Page to Stage and Screen||3|
|THEATR 4700||Studies in Theatre History||3|
|THEATR 4720||American Musicals||3|
|THEATR 4800||Studies in Dramatic Theory||3|
|THEATR 4820||Studies in Dramatic Literature||3|
|THEATR 4830||Studies in Dramatic Criticism||3|
Refer to the semester plan for the Performance emphasis, or contact the academic departments for assistance with academic planning.
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Major and Career Exploration
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