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Theatre

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

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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.A. Degree Requirements

Students are given the opportunity to complete a wide range of theatre electives. With these electives, students can emphasize one particular area of theatre or create their own mixture of theatre classes. This degree also is designed to work well with a double major or dual degree.

Course Credits
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 005 - Readings in Theatre 3
THEA 014 - Movement I 2
THEA 020 - Voice I 2
THEA 030 - Stagecraft (including lab) 4
THEA 031 - Costuming (including lab) 4
THEA 032 - Makeup 3
THEA 103 - Directing I 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
Theatre electives 15
TOTAL 50

*Second academic major or minor: 34 credits. Students are strongly advised to include a second academic major or minor outside theatre. With a second major, you must have an academic advisor in that area. The total number of credits required will be determined by that department. If the major or minor requires less than 34 credits, additional credits may be applied as general electives.


Theatre Minor

Students are given the opportunity to complete a wide range of theatre electives. With these electives, students can emphasize one particular area of theatre or create their own mixture of theatre classes. This degree also is designed to work well with a double major or dual degree.

For students seeking a degree in another area who wish to minor in Theatre, the following courses are suggested by the department:

Course Credits
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 004 - Acting II 3
THEA 014 - Movement I 2
THEA 020 - Voice I 2
THEA 030 - Stagecraft (including lab) 4
THEA 031 - Costuming (including lab) 4
THEA 032 - Stage Makeup 3
THEA 076 - Introduction to the Theatre 3
THEA 120 - Theatre History I 3
TOTAL 27

NOTE: Substitutions or other alterations to these requirements can be made with prior approval from a theatre advisor.


Theatre-Directing Minor

The Minor in Directing degree is only available to students in conjunction with either the BA or a BFA degree from the Department of Theatre Arts.

Please note: if Directing II is not offered, students may substitute an additional course in English or one of the other disciplines listed above. Students may also substitute an additional Project in Theatre related specifically to directing or dramaturgy.

No other work may be substituted for the Directing I requirement. This includes any courses completed at other colleges or universities as well as NTI. THEA 103 must be completed on campus at Drake.

Unless specified above, any other substitutions or other alterations to these requirements can only be made with prior approval from your theatre advisor.

Course Credits
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 063 - Introduction to Design for Theatre 3
THEA 103 - Directing I 3
THEA 104 - Directing II 3
THEA 130 - Directed Independent Study (two times at one credit each) 2
THEA 165 - Project in Theatre [Directing] 3
Select one course from the following
ENG 054 - Reading Drama 3
ENG 058 - Reading Shakespeare 4
ENG 090 - Reading/Writing Drama 4
ENG 128 - Advanced Topics in Drama 3
Select two courses from the following disciplines 6
Art Appreciation
History (non-theatre)
Music Appreciation
Philosophy
Psychology
Sociology
TOTAL 26

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