Theatre and Drama

2550 Frieze Building
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Professor Erik Fredricksen, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration program


John Russell Brown, Theatre Studies
Erik Fredricksen, Acting, Theatrical Combat
Philip Kerr, Acting and Directing, Director of Studio Training
Leigh A. Woods, Acting and Graduate Theatre Studies

Associate Professors

Bert Cardullo, Theatre Studies, B.A. Advisor
John Neville-Andrews, Acting and Directing
OyamO, Playwriting
Martin Walsh, Theatre Studies

Assistant Professors

Nephelie Andonyadis, Costume and Scene Design
Gary Decker, Technical Theatre
Jessica Hahn, Costume, Head of Design
Annette Masson, Voice, Head of Performance
Vince Mountain, Set Design
Rob Murphy, Lighting Design
Henry P. Reynolds, III, Master electrician, Sound, Computer Systems Administrator
Jerald Schwiebert, Acting and Movement

Adjunct Professor

Jeff Daniels, Acting

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Jeffrey S. Kuras, Managing Director, University Productions
Mark L. Sullivan, Production Manager


George Bacon, Costume Crafts
Mark Berg, Sound
Susan Crabtree, Scene Painting
Renee Grammatico, Dance
Sarah-Jane Gwillim, Acting
Rich Lindsay, Scenery
Julie Marsh, Costume Construction
Janet Maylie, Acting
Arthur Ridley, Properties
Vickie Sadler, Stage Make-up
Marla Strickland, Arts Administration
Nancy Uffner, Stage Management

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.

Concentration program. Students who are considering a concentration in Theatre & Drama are strongly encouraged to begin taking the foundation sequence of courses during their first- or second-year. These courses are: Theatre 211, 101 or 233, 250 and 251. Concentrators may, however, take these foundation courses after they have formally declared a Theatre concentration. The program requires a minimum of 40 to 43 credits including the cognate requirements 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 & Drama 102 or 260; production practicum 252; 321 and 322; 423; and 402. In addition, two cognate courses in drama: Shakespeare and Modern Drama (usually English 367 and 447 or approved Residential College drama courses).

Students are also required to elect at least six credits in courses beyond the core, either in an area of specialty (History/Drama/Criticism; Performance; Design/Tech; or Administration) or in the general field of Theatre & Drama, as approved by the concentration advisor.

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

Productions and Facilities. A number of fully executed productions are presented each year by the Theatre & Drama Department in three campus 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. In addition, students have the opportunity to direct, design, stage, and perform in their own low-budget and experimental productions through Basement Arts. This student-run production organization performs in the department's Arena Theatre.

Courses in Theatre and Drama (Division 695)

101. Introduction to Acting 1. Permission of instructor. Open to non-concentrators. (3). (CE).

102. Introduction to Acting 2. Permission of instructor. (3). (CE).

181(236). Acting I. Permission of instructor (audition). (3). (Excl).

211/RC Hums. 280/English 245. Introduction to Drama and Theatre. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RC Hums. 281. (4). (HU).

222/CAAS 341. Introduction to Black Theatre. (3). (HU).

233/CAAS 342. Acting and the Black Experience. Permission of instructor (brief interview). (3). (HU).

241. Directing I. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

242. Directing II. Theatre 241 and permission of instructor. (3). (CE).

245. Introduction to Stage Management. Theatre 250. (2). (CE).

250. Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices. (3). (Excl).

251. Production Practicum 1. (1). (Excl).

252. Production Practicum 2. Theatre 251 and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

260. Introduction to Design. Theatre 250. (3). (CE).

261. Production Practicum 3. Theatre 250 and 251. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

262. Production Practicum 4. Theatre 261. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

321/English 443. History of Theatre I. (3). (HU).

322/English 444. History of Theatre II. (3). (HU).

330. Contemporary American Women Playwrights. (3). (HU).

333. Cross-Cultural Collaboration I. (3). (Excl).

334. Cross-Cultural Collaboration II. (3). (Excl).

341. Directing III. Theatre 242 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

342. Directing IV. Theatre 341 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

345. Stage Management Practicum: Plays. Theatre 245 and permission of instructor. (2-3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 4 credits.

351. Production Practicum 5. Theatre 261 and 262. (1-3). (Excl).

352. Production Practicum 6. Theatre 351. (1-3). (Excl).

353. Sound for the Theatre. Theatre 250 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

360. Scene Design I. Theatre 250. (3). (Excl).

385. Performing Arts Management. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

386. Practicum in Performing Arts Management. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

390. Honors Tutorial. Open only to junior Honors concentrators. (1). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

391. Honors Tutorial. Open only to junior Honors concentrators. (1). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

392. Honors Tutorial. Open only to Honors concentrators. (1). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

393. Honors Tutorial. Open only to Honors concentrators. (1). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

399. Topics in Drama. (1-3). (Excl).

400. Directed Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

401. Independent Study in Production. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

402. Ideas of Theatre: Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

403. Design and Production Forum I. (2). (Excl).

404. Design and Production Function II. (2). (Excl).

420. Playwriting Toward Production. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

423/English 449. American Theatre and Drama. (3). (HU).

445. Stage Management Practicum: Opera and Musicals. Theatre 245. (2-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

451. Introduction to Technical Direction. Theatre 252 and 462. (3). (Excl).

452. Costume Construction. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($20) required.

460. Scene Design II. Theatre 360. (3). (Excl).

462. Drafting. Theatre 250. (2). (Excl).

463. Design Rendering. Theatre 260, 360, or 370. (3). (Excl).

464. Scene Painting for the Theatre. Theatre 250. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($30) required.

466. History of Decor. Theatre 260. (3). (Excl).

471. Women's Pattern Drafting. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($30) required.

472. Stage Makeup. (2). (Excl). Lab fee ($30) required.

476. Costume Crafts. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

477. History of Dress. Theatre 351. (3). (Excl).

490. Honors Tutorial. Enrollment in the departmental Honors program; senior standing. (2). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

495. UBER-Practicum. Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl).

505. Special Work in Theatre Production and Performance. Permission of instructor. (1-6; 1-3 in the half-term). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

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