PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing program at Drake provides students the requisite skills and experience necessary to direct theatrical productions. The all-encompassing nature of the curriculum ensures students understand the workings of all areas of production. Students apply their knowledge in classroom directing assignments and work alongside faculty directors as assistant directors. In addition, upperclassmen have the opportunity to submit proposals to direct both a student theatre production and productions that are part of the Drake theatre main stage season.
FACULTY The Department of Theatre Arts is comprised of six full-time faculty members; five have earned the highest degrees in their fields. All full-time faculty are engaged in teaching classes from the introductory to advanced levels. The inclusive nature of the curriculum means that students will take classes from every member of the Department of Theatre Arts as they pursue their degree.
ACADEMIC PREPARATION There are no prerequisite high school courses or requirements needed for enrollment in the theatre program, but students should have a well-rounded academic high school curriculum. Previous involvement in high school and/or community theatre is strongly recommended.
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS Students interested in pursuing B.F.A. degrees in musical theatre, acting, directing, and theatre education at Drake University must prepare an audition for entrance into the program. Prospective B.F.A. design/technical students must prepare a portfolio for entrance into the program. Visit the theatre department webpage to view audition and/or portfolio requirements.
GROUP AUDITION/PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAY SCHEDULE Admission and scholarship auditions are offered for incoming, fall-term, first-year students. Audition dates are typically held in January and February for the following academic year. To register for an admission and/or scholarship audition, visit the theatre department audition web page.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR A total of 84 credits is required for the degree. This includes coursework in theatre as well as nine required English courses and 12 general electives.
DRAKE CURRICULUM The Drake Curriculum, required of all undergraduates, is designed to help students meet personal and professional goals as they acquire fundamental knowledge and abilities in ten Areas of Inquiry. Students work closely with their academic advisers to craft a program of study in general education that prepares students for civic and professional leadership.
The Drake Curriculum also requires a First Year Seminar, which fosters development of critical thinking and written and oral communication skills through a topical focus, and a Senior Capstone in which students demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills, and ideas to bear on one project.
INTERNSHIPS & OPPORTUNITIES The theatre department strongly encourages all students to participate in any and all internship opportunities and makes all internship information available to students. Examples of where theatre students have recently interned include the Santa Fe Opera, the Utah Shakespeare Company, the Goodman Theatre Company, and the National Theatre Institute in Connecticut. These internships offer students opportunities to make contacts within the industry, to experience auditions, and gain first-hand experience in various work in professional theatre. Theatre students also participate in numerous study abroad programs.
CAREER OPTIONS Career paths for theatre arts graduates include regional theatre, teaching, and radio/TV. Recent graduates have gone on to work in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles. A number have also entered and completed graduate programs throughout the country.