College of Arts and Sciences

Theatre - Acting

Program Option

Theatre Arts department web site

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2023-2024 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

The theatre program provides students with a solid training in preparation for a career in the professional theatre. Students take classes in movement, voice, singing (both musical theatre and classical), dance (jazz, tap, ballet, modern and musical theatre dance), piano, music theory, and various acting styles.

B.F.A. Degree Requirements

The acting program provides classes needed for a solid theatre education and experience. Students learn the performance basics from body movement to voice. Courses in mime and stage combat also are offered. Acting majors take courses in upper-level performance areas including period styles, dialects and movement. Students also are given many opportunities to hone their skills as actors within experimental and Main Stage productions.

Course Credits
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 004 - Acting II 3
THEA 005 - Readings in Theatre 3
THEA 012 - Voice & Movement for the Actor 3
THEA 015 - Movement II 2
THEA 021 - Voice II 2
THEA 030 - Stagecraft (including lab) 4
THEA 031 - Costuming (including lab) 4
THEA 032 - Makeup 3
THEA 055 - Acting III 3
THEA 058 - Ballet 3
THEA 100 - Acting IV 3
THEA 103 - Directing I 3
THEA 105 - Dialects for the Stage 3
THEA 120 - Theatre History I 3
THEA 121 - Theatre History II 3
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 1
THEA 160 - Stage Management 3
THEA 190 - Senior Capstone 1
ENG 091 - Reading and Writing Poetry 4
Select one course from psychology, sociology, philosophy, or anthropology 3
Theatre electives 18
General electives 12

*9 hours of Literature courses are required (3 of those credits in a Shakespeare course). These courses also may be used to fulfill an Area of Inquiry (A.O.I.).

** A minimum of 12 credits is required for the degree.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.