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CATALOG • 2009-2010


Theatre – Major/Minor

For information, contact Kevin Gallagher.

The theatre program is heavily grounded in production work and practical experience. An intensely interdisciplinary focus is cultivated with particular emphasis placed on elevating the role of women through play selection and meaningful theatrical material which can be shared with a wide audience on and off campus. Fully equipped scene and costume shops support four major productions annually as well as numerous senior productions. Major productions are staged in the 250 seat Abram Samuels Theatre with smaller shows mounted in the 75 seat Little Theatre.
Students majoring in theatre are expected to participate in all productions each term in some capacity either on stage crew, cast, box office, scene shop, and costume construction crews or stage management. Students may select from concentrations in performance, design and technical theatre, management or directing. A core of courses is required of all theatre majors.
Campus work-study jobs nicely complement the work in the department as students can receive hands-on training in theatre as part of their work-study requirements. Auditions or applications are required for all production responsibilities. Majors are required to abide by written departmental policies. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all major requirements in the performing arts.

Competencies and Assessment in the Performing Arts

  1. An initial assessment of each student's prior skills and experience is done upon declaring the major in theatre. A written assessment is placed in their file.
  2. Attendance at the First Friday Performing Arts Noon Series is required each term for declared majors. Presentations are required once each year. All presentations are expected to be works in progress and can be drawn from class work or independent work. Additionally, all performing arts majors are required for graduation to attend a minimum of eight cultural events at Cedar Crest (2 in each area: art gallery openings or talks, music concerts, dance concerts, and theatre productions). Advisors keep a written record of students' attendance.
  3. All majors are given appropriate literature or reading lists to guide them in rounding out their studies. Students are expected to be familiar by graduation with the major authors, styles or periods on the lists appropriate to their discipline.
  4. Mid-year reviews are conducted for all theatre majors. Reviews take place during FNA 100.  All majors are expected to meet with the departmental faculty to review their progress from class work to performance. Failure to comply will require the student to submit a five page analysis of her work to date. Mid-year reviews are required for certification.
  5. By spring of the junior year, students submit project proposals for approval. All majors are expected to make an oral presentation on a designated First Friday briefly presenting the progress and plans for their project in spring of the junior year. Senior Project: All majors must produce a major creative project in order to graduate. Students present a project proposal for departmental approval and seek an advisor for the project by May 1. No projects will proceed without departmental approval. This project is included in Fine Arts 353.
  6. Graduating seniors participate in exit interviews with departmental faculty.

Requirements for the Theatre Major  

The major in theatre requires the completion of the performing arts core of courses plus one concentration Performing Arts Core Curriculum
DNC 102 Experiencing Movement I 3 credits
FNA 100 First Friday (4 x .5) 2 credits
FNA 252 Fine Arts Seminar 3 credits
FNA 353 Senior Project (2 x 3) 6 credits
MUS 101 Experiencing Music 3 credits
THS 100 Experiencing Theatre 3 credits
THS 105, 106, 109 1-3 credits

Requirements for the Performance Concentration

Students complete core plus
DNC 104 Experiencing Movement 3 credits
DNC 115 Human Movement Potential 1 credit
DNC 211 Beginner Ballet 1.5 credits
DNC 216 Beginner Jazz 1.5 credits
DNC 221 Modem Dance 1.5 credits
DNC 223 Tap 1.5 credits
ENG 311 Shakespeare 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft 3 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting 3 credits
THS 202 Acting Techniques II 3 credits
THS 303 Acting Methods 3 credits
THS 231 History of Theatre I 3 credits
THS 232 History of Theatre II 3 credits
THS 233 Reading Roundtable 4 credits
THS 250 Production 1 credit
THS 251 Practicum 1 credit
THS 310 Directing 3 credits

Requirements for the Design and Technical Theatre Concentration

Students complete core plus
ART 105 Intro to Art History I 3 credits
ART 106 Intro to Art History II 3 credits
ART 110 Principles of Visual Organization 3 credits
ART 200 Art of the 20th Century 3 credits
ART 210 Art of the 20th Century 3 credits
CIS 106 Computer Graphics and Design 3 credits
ENG 311 Shakespeare 3 credits
FNA 255 Portfolio Preparation 1 credit
THS 150 Stagecraft 3 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting 3 credits
THS 231 History of Theatre I 3 credits
THS 232 History of Theatre II 3 credits
THS 233 Reading Roundtable 4 credits
THS 250 Production 1 credit
THS 251 Practicum 1 credit
THS 240 Design for the Stage 3 credits
THS 270 History of Fashion 3 credits
THS 310 Directing 3 credits
THS 340 Design Tutorial 3 credits

Requirements for the Business & Stage Management Concentration

Students complete core plus
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 3 credits
BUA 221 Business Law I 3 credits
BUA 110 Principles of Management 3 credits
BUA 220 Human Resources Management 3 credits
CIS 215 Advanced Business Computing 3 credits
ENG 311 Shakespeare 3 credits
FNA 255 Portfolio Preparation 1 credit
MRK 230 Marketing 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft 3 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting 3 credits
THS 231 History of Theatre I 3 credits
THS 232 History of Theatre II 3 credits
THS 233 Reading Roundtable 4 credits
THS 240 Design for the Stage 3 credits

Requirements for the Directing Concentration
Students complete core plus 45 credits as follows:
CST 224 Video Production 3 credits
DNC 115 Human Movement Potential 1 credits
ENG 311 Shakespeare 3 credits
FNA 255 Portfolio Preparation 1 credit
PSY 100 General Psychology 3 credits
PSY 227 Principles of Helping Relationships 3 credits
PSY 351 Theories of Personality 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft 3 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting 3 credits
THS 202 Acting Techniques II 3 credits
THS 231 History of Theatre I 3 credits
THS 232 History of Theatre II 3 credits
THS 233 Reading Roundtable 4 credits
THS 250 Production (2 x 1) 2 credits
THS 251 Practicum (2 xI) 2 credits
THS 270 History of Fashion 3 credits
THS 301 Directing I 3 credits
THS 302 Directing Tutorial 3 credits
THS 303 Acting Methods 3 credits
 

Requirements for the Theatre Minor (21 credits)

THS 100 Experiencing Theatre 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft 3 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting 3 credits
THS 202 Acting Techniques II 3 credits
THS 231 History of the Theatre I 3 credits
THS 232 History of the Theatre II 3 credits
THS 240 Design for the Stage 3 credits

Requirements for the Speech Minor (18 credits)

CST 100 Intro to Mass Communications 3 credits
CST 215 Debate & Argumentation 3 credits
CST 238 Organizational Communications 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits
THS 109 Oral Interpretation 3 credits
THS 227 Advanced Public Speaking 3 credits
  or
THS 106 Forensic Speech Team (3 semesters)(3 x 1 credit) 3 credits