Theatre Major

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In a collaboration with Russian Studies, THDA students make an outdoor performance event in support of jailed Russian performance artists Pussy Riot, Campus Center lawn, Fall 2012.

Requirements of the Theatre Major

 

Introduction to the Fields (2 courses)

THDA 105 - Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities
or THDA 110 - Introduction to Theatre Studies
FY, Fall
THDA 120 - Acting I Fall, Spring

The Materials of the Spectacle (2 courses)

THDA 125 - Technical Theater Fall, Spring
THDA 235 - Fundamentals of Scene Design Fall

Embodied Research: Histories, Methods, Praxes (3 courses)

THDA 310 - Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints Alternating Fall
THDA 350 - Directing and Devising: Making Meaning on the Stage Spring

Depth of Expertise (2 courses)

Two (2) courses chosen in consultation with the academic advisor, which allow the student to prepare for a capstone project in an area of emphasis: acting; design; theatre and performance studies; stage management; playwrighting; technical theatre; directing.

Other regularly-offered courses in theatre and dance may be taken by students toward the development of an emphasis in the major. The range of courses here includes:

THDA 220 - Voice and Speech Spring
THDA 230 - Physical Approaches Alternating Fall
THDA 360 - Acting II Spring
THDA 145 - Make-Up Design and Application Spring
THDA 255 - Lighting Design Spring
THDA 465 - Advanced Lighting Design Spring
THDA 475 - Advanced Scene Design Fall
THDA 210 - Community-Based Theatres Alternating Spring
THDA 242 - Playwrighting and Textual Analysis Alternating Spring
THDA 262 - Performing Feminisms Alternating Spring
THDA 263 - African American Theatre Alternating Spring
THDA 265 - The Oral History Project Alternating Spring

THDA 614 - Independent Project This is a good option for work in directing, playwrighting, stage management and other areas where students need to do closely-mentored work in preparation for their capstone.

Alternating Spring

Advanced Theatre Scholarship (1 course)

THDA 489 - Seminar in Performance Theory and Practice Fall

Advanced Production and Collaboration

THDA 490 - Capstone: Senior Research Collective

A variable-credit (1-4) year long seminar for all THDA majors in advanced research and production techniques.

Practicum

To complete the Major in Theatre, three 1-credit practicum credits must be earned during the student's four years and be distributed among several areas, to maximize skills development and experience in: performance (acting, dancing), craft (costume, lighting, sound, scenic, props), management (stage management, production management, running crew) and creative development (choreography, assistant directing, dramaturgy, design). These practicum credits are academic credits, graded, and earned in production settings where there are syllabi, learning contracts and grading rubrics.

1.  THDA 75 - Practicum in Performance or THDA 76 - Practicum in Scenery/Lighting/Costume Construction

2.  THDA 77 - Practicum in Running Crew

3.  THDA 78 - Practicum in Advanced Production Techniques