Areas of Study

Courses & Requirements

Summary of Requirements

Core Curriculum 43
Pre-Major Courses 6
Major and Related Courses 36-39
Free Elective Courses 32-35


Required pre-major courses 6 hours

A study of gestures as a form of communication and as a basis for visual language. Concentration on the ability to think in pictures and to develop expressive and receptive communication skills in gestures. This course develops artistic sign language translation skills and leads to better understanding of the basic structures of American Sign Language.

A survey of and introduction to the contemporary theatre; drama, dance, music, and film. This course is a basis for all drama courses and is required prior to declaring a major in theatre arts: production/performance. Lab hours required.

Required theatre and related courses 27-30 hours

THE 281: Repeat as necessary for a minimum of 6 credits.

This internship course provides students a way to integrate theory with practice by working for an off-campus employer. Students will apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, or during stage productions, by interning at a professional theatre, a theatre organization, or in an educational setting. Students will fulfill the duties outlined in a learning contract developed with the on-site supervisor and a faculty sponsor. Student performance will be assessed via products agreed upon in the learning contract, including, but not limited to, weekly journals, reflective papers, direct involvement with stage/television/film performances, and classroom/workshop teachings.

This course is an analysis of the poetic and dramatic structure of some of Shakespeare's major comedies, tragedies, romances, and history plays, with a consideration of the background of the plays.

A laboratory course designed to permit students to earn credit while participating in Theatre Arts Department activities. Students may select a practicum from the areas of acting, directing, technical theatre, costuming, design, or management.

This course covers creative work in different styles of signing, composed and selected from prose, poetry, and drama.

This course covers the development of theatre from its beginnings to the latest contemporary movements. Through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and required attendance at theatre performances on and off campus, students will explore the contributions, characteristics, purposes, and influences of theatre as developed by a range of cultures in nonverbal, written, and signed forms.

Whether written or videotaped, a script is the basis for the work of theatre directors, actors, designers, production managers, and publicists. During this course, students will read scripts representative of different historical periods, styles, and cultures. Students will also analyze these scripts as they relate to the functions of directors, actors, designers, production managers, and publicists.

A study of the aesthetics inherent in a representative sampling of contemporary (20th century) drama: plays and current trends.

Study of pantomime and acting exercises; introduction to basic principles and techniques of acting; performance of laboratory scenes, readings, and exercises. Participation in an experimental production.

A comprehensive course designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of theatrical production practices and management skills required for successful theatre production. This course includes an in-depth study of the various theatre personnel, their related responsibilities, both in nonprofit and profit theatre organizations. Additionally, specific consideration is given to conventions pertinent to deaf theatre.

Elective theatre courses 9 hours

Choose nine hours:

This introductory course familiarizes students with theories of body movement and trains students in the use of physical space, rhythm, and balance for the purpose of creating mood and character through body movement within a theatrical context.

Activities offered include dance and fundamental movement. Not more than six hours of credit in dance activities may be counted toward the requirements for a bachelor's degree.

A lecture/performance course focusing on varieties of mime ranging from traditional pantomime to modern mime and the relationship of mime to sign language.

An introduction to the basic principles of creating plays for the stage. Various ways of making a play will be explored through writing, improvisations, collaboration with other writers and/or actors, videotapes, and adaptations of other literary forms (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) into dramatic forms.

A comprehensive practical course in scenery construction and painting, its properties, scenery storage, and use of backstage equipment. Production duties are assigned. Class and laboratory work required.

A comprehensive, practical course designed to acquaint the student with the basic theory, equipment, and use of stage lighting. Class and laboratory work required.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with major styles and periods of dress from Egyptian to pre-World War I European as a basis of later work in costume design. Viewed through slides, photographs, and actual historical documentation, a flow of design and change is seen.

A course aimed primarily at the beginning skills of the costumer through practical design experience, development of sound research habits, and basic patterning to create the desired period style. Work on production assigned.

Practical work on basic principles and techniques of graphic communication for the stage. Included are methods of drafting, painting, and rendering the design concept. Materials supplied by the student; production crew work assigned.

This course focuses on methodology and practice of educational drama applied to multidisciplinary learning within the first through sixth grade curricula. Students will be introduced to theme and story based improvisation, story dramatization, role play, and teacher-in-role strategies, and learn how to adapt activities for children with special needs. Curricular areas include language arts, social studies, science, and math, with additional focus on examining emotional development, and creativity. Current trends in assessment of drama will also be explored. Resources will include multiethnic themes, stories, and folklore.

This course focuses on methodology and practice of educational drama applied to multidisciplinary learning within the sixth through twelfth grade curricula. Students explore the use of theme and literature based improvisation, role play, and teacher-in-role strategies applied primarily to language arts and social studies, including sociology, history, government, and current events. Additional emphasis will be placed on examining emotional development and creativity. Resources will include multiethnic themes, stories, and folklore.

This course will begin with a review of the history, influences, and development of theatre for young audiences in the twentieth century. Particular emphasis will be placed on examining current trends in theatre for youth including; standards for professional theatre, standards for in-school theatre programs, dramatic literature, and theatre-in-education. In addition to readings from text: Children's Theatre, Children and Youth by Jed H. Davis and Mary Jane Evans, students will read selected plays from Dramatic Literature for Children: A century in Review by Roger L. Bedard, and Spit in One Hand, Wish in the Other: Six Plays by Suzan Zeder for Youth Audiences, by Susan Pearson-Davis. Student will attend theatre performances in the Washington, D.C. area.

Theory and practice for the beginning director.

This follow-up course to THE 470, 472 and 474 is designed to give students professional on-site experience and training with deaf and hard of hearing children and children who have special educational needs. Students will meet with classroom teachers and prepare age appropriate drama lessons that support classroom long and short term objectives. Students will work in at least two different classrooms during the semester.

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

A project in the field of the student's special interest, involving reading, research, discussion, and/or lab work. Title indicating content must be available at registration.

Program Outcomes

Students are expected to be fluent in the methodologies of creating artistic works and scholarly documents, and acquire the ability to integrate both methods as ways of knowing.


Students are expected to develop a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge base that may be applied to their individual creative and scholarly work.


Based on a common performance vocabulary drawn from written, visual, and physical texts, students are expected to be proficient in the artistic and scholarly processes, as well as gain the ability to reflect upon their work in an engaging, artistic, and constructive way.


Students are expected to critically, creatively, and objectively apply concepts, theories, and methodologies to a myriad of issues encountered in current and future academic, personal, and professional contexts


While in the process of creating artistic products, students are expected to demonstrate an ability to work in a positive, constructive, and compromising manner with artists and/or other students of various artistic disciplines.


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B.A. in Theatre Arts: Production/Performance

Reut Beckman

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