The mission of the Department of Theatre is to prepare students to pursue lives as professional theatre artists, seek further advanced study in graduate programs and/or apply their training to the career of their choice. The program provides students with rigorous training in acting, musical theatre, design and production and physical theatre.
Theatre students must exhibit technical competence, a broad knowledge of theatre, sensitivity to artistic style, and an insight into the role and importance of theatre in the life of humankind.
The program embraces the teacher-scholar model, places primary emphasis on high quality teaching and engaged learning, and supports faculty research, creative activities, and expert collaboration in the community, state, nation, and world. This focus enables faculty and staff to mentor students in collaborative research, professional opportunities, and internships.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who earn the B.F.A. in theatre arts will be expected to:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of theatre history, dramatic literature, performance and stagecraft.
- Create and maintain a body of work that reflects a professional standard.
- Demonstrate the ability to synthesize coursework within theatrical production.
- Develop a disciplined, professional and collaborative approach to their concentration through production and coursework.
All B.F.A. theatre majors must participate in end of the year portfolio reviews and/or juries. All students will be given a written evaluation that clearly states their standing in the program. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in any given semester. Should the student fail to achieve the standards as set forth in the review process the student may be asked to leave the Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre major by the end of their sophomore year.
All acting, musical theatre and physical theatre B.F.A. students must audition for all departmental productions.
A grade of ‘C’ or better must be earned in each of the major requirements courses.