92-93 LS&A Bulletin

Theatre and Drama

2550 Frieze Building


Erik Fredricksen, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration program


Alan G. Billings, Scenic and lighting design

John Russell Brown, Theatre Studies

Philip Kerr, Acting and directing, Head of BFA in Performance

Associate Professors

Laura Crow, Costume design

Peter Ferran, History, dramatic literature

Erik Fredricksen, Acting, theatrical combat, direction

OyamO, playwriting

Victor En Yu Tan, Lighting design

Leigh A. Woods, Acting and Head of Graduate Theatre Studies

Assistant Professors

Peter M. Beudert, Scenic and lighting design, Head of Design

Bert Cardullo, Theatre Studies

Gary Decker, Technical Theatre

Charles A. Jackson, Acting and Black theatre

Henry P. Reynolds, III, Master electrician, Sound

Jerald Schwiebert, Acting and movement

Adjunct Professor

Jeff Daniels, Acting

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Jeffrey S. Kuras, Managing director

Mark L. Sullivan, Production manager


Brett Finley, Production stage management

Sarah-Jane Gwillim, Acting

Janet Maylie, Acting

Vickie Sadler, Stage make-up

The undergraduate A.B. program in Theatre and Drama is intended to promote an understanding and appreciation of both those subjects, while recognizing their ultimate inseparability. The program's curriculum is designed primarily for those looking for a liberal arts education, one which could also lead to further academic study of theatre and drama. (For students planning a professional career in theatre, the department's B.F.A. program is more appropriate.) The A.B. program also offers many courses to the non-concentrator who is interested in theatre and drama and who may wish to participate in the processes of theatre-making.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Theatre and Drama 211; 101 or 233; 250, 251.

Concentration Program. The concentration program, beyond the prerequisites, requires a minimum of 40 to 43 credits including the cognate requirement indicated below. Each individual's program should be planned in consultation with the A.B. concentration advisor at the Department of Theatre and Drama. Inquire at the Department Office for a more detailed description of the concentration program.

Concentration core: Theatre 237 or 351 (for students intending to specialize in design); a second production practicum 251 or 252, 321 and 322, one term of 402, and 423. As of Fall 1992 term, every concentrator who has earned one (1) credit or less of the old 402: Forum must take the new 402: Ideas of Theatre. Every students who has earned two (2) credits of old 402: Forum must take either: a) Theatre 399: Forum (1 credit), or b) 402: Ideas of Theatre (3 credits). In addition, the Department requires two cognate courses in drama, English 367 and English 447.

Specialization. Three courses should be elected from one or more of the following areas: History of Theatre; Drama and Criticism, which is likely to include courses offered outside the Theatre Department; Performance; Design or Technical Theatre and Theatre Administration. The concentrator may, however, follow a more general program by electing the three courses from several areas of theatre in a plan approved by a concentration advisor.

Honors Concentration. Qualified students are eligible for a departmental Honors concentration. Those with cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 are invited to contact the departmental office for further information.

Productions and Facilities. A number of fully executed productions are presented each year by University Players, the Department's undergraduate production "company." In addition, students have the opportunity to act, direct, design, and stage their own low budget and experimental productions through "Basement Arts, " the student-run production organization which uses the Arena Theatre. The Department’s full-scale productions use three theatres: Power Center for the Performing Arts, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, and Trueblood Theatre. Scenery, properties, and costumes for all departmental productions are prepared, with substantial student assistance, in studios and shops in the Frieze Building and Power Center.

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