Catalog • 2011-2012

Theatre – Major/Minor

For information, contact Roxanne Amico.

Program Description

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 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. 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.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the theatre major is to develop artistic and leadership skills toward the practical application of theatre through coursework in the areas of history, performance, design, technical theatre and production. Emphasis is placed on understanding the balance between the practical and artistic choices, accepting responsibility and promoting team work. Attention is paid to developing a career focus for the individual theatre artist. Emphasis is placed on understanding historically significant styles and genres of theatre, performing and developing personal goals for understanding and using theatre. The exploration of theatre in its many forms addresses a core need in the human condition to express through creativity solutions and answers to problems and issues facing society.

Total number of credits required by program: 47

Program Requirements

Auditions or applications are required for all production responsibilities. All theatre majors are obliged to abide by the written Performing Arts Departmental Policies. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all major requirements in the performing arts. At least 15 credits of course work in the major must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

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
  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.
  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. 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.
  5. 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 April 1. No projects will proceed without departmental approval. This project is included in PER 353.
  6. All Performing Arts Majors are required to participate in a minimum of two faculty supervised Musical Ensembles, Dance Productions, Theatre Productions and/or Performing Arts Practicums.
  7. 15 credits of course work in the major must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

Theatre Major

Course Requirements for the Theatre Major

47 Credits

THS 120 Introduction to Theatre 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 240 Design for the Stage (scene design, lighting or costumes) 3 credits
THS 250 and/or THS 251 (3 x 1) 3 credits
THS 301 Directing 3 credits
THS Electives in one area either acting/directing or design: (3 x 3) 9 credits
Performance and/or Design/ Technology
PER 100 First Friday (4 x .5) 2 credits
PER 252 Sophomore Seminar 3 credits
PER 255 Portfolio 1 credit
PER 353 Senior Project 5 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Technology, Oral Presentation and Information Literacy requirements (for majors) are fulfilled through completing the major and are assessed in the following courses:

PER 255 Portfolio Preparation
PER 353 Senior Seminar

Theatre Minor

Requirements for the Theatre Minor

THS 120 Introduction to Theatre 3 credits
THS 231 History of Theatre I 3 credits
THS 232 History of Theatre II 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft 3 credits
THS 240 Design for the Stage 3 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting 3 credits

Program Requirements for the Theatre minor

All theatre minors are obliged to abide by the written Performing Arts Departmental Policies. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all minor requirements in the performing arts. At least 12 credits of course work in the minor must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

Total number of credits required by the minor: 18

Course Requirements for the Theatre minor

THS 120 Introduction to Theatre 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft 3 credits
THS 201 Acting I 3 credits
THS 231 Theatre History I 3 credits
THS 232 Theatre History II 3 credits
THS 240 Design for the Stage 3 credits