Students taking the Introduction to Theatre Studies course prepare and perform individually conceived, designed, constructed, and performed shadow puppet shows on small hand-made stages.
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
|THDA 120 - Acting Theory and Performance I||Fall, Spring|
The Materials of the Spectacle (2 courses)
|THDA 125 - Technical Theater||Fall, Spring|
|THDA 235 - Fundamentals of Scenography||Fall|
Embodied Research: Histories, Methods, Praxes (2 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 Theory and Performance 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 - Playwriting 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.
Advanced Theatre Scholarship (1 course)
|THDA 489 - Seminar in Performance Theory and Practice||Fall|
Advanced Production and Collaboration
A variable-credit (1-4) year long seminar for all THDA majors in advanced research and production techniques.
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.