Academic Catalog

Theatre (B.F.A.)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Theatre is an intensive pre-professional curriculum that combines foundational studies, rigorous training and extensive production assignments. The B.F.A. program is divided into two areas: a) performance and b) design and technical theatre including stage management.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the performance program must: 1) satisfy the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University; 2) complete a minimum of forty-five credits, including all program-specific prerequisite courses; 3) be selected for the program through an audition process. Admissions to the performance program typically take place at the end of the Fall semester of a student's sophomore year.

Students seeking admission to the design and technical theatre program must satisfy the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University and be selected for the program through an interview with the faculty.

Program Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits in course work, including satisfaction of the University General Education requirementsCollege degree requirements, and seventy-seven credits in theatre courses including the major requirements listed below. The minimum grade for each course required in the major, which must be taken in the Department of Theatre, must be no less than a C-minus in order for the course credit to count toward completion of the degree. B.F.A students must comply with the following department policies – any student who does not meet these standards will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the program: the seventy-seven credits in specified Theatre courses must be completed with grades of C minus or better and a minimum of 3.0 Theatre major g.p.a must be maintained. Students must be current in their plan of work and all Basic Competency courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Capstone course.Departmental information published in this Bulletin is intended for use in conjunction with advising, but in all cases, regardless of advice given, students are responsible for meeting and satisfying requirements as set forth in this Bulletin.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship  and  degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.  

General Education Course Progress

 Majors must complete the Basic Composition (BC) and Quantitative Experience (QE) requirement by the time forty-five credits have been earned, the Oral Communication (OC) and Intermediate Composition (IC) requirement by the time sixty credits have been earned. Failure to meet these limits on matriculation will result in the student being placed on departmental probation: the student will be ineligible to be cast in or participate as a member of the artistic/production staff of department productions. Transfer students will be reviewed upon entry into the major for compliance with these standards and advised as needed.

B.F.A. - Performance

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
ENG 1020 Introductory College Writing (BC) 1 3
COM 1010 Oral Communication: Basic Speech (OC) 3
THR 1111 Fundamentals of Theatre 3
THR 1121 Play Analysis 3
THR 1411
Fundamentals of Crafts: Scenery and Costumes
or Fundamentals of Crafts: Lighting and Stage Management
3
THR 1451 Principles of Makeup (or a Wayne Experience (WE) course) 1
 Credits16
Winter Semester
Social Inquiry (SI) 3
Cultural Inquiry (CI) 3
THR 2651 Introduction to Life Skills for the Creative Entrepreneur (QE) 2 3
THR 1211
Acting I
or Acting I
3
THR 1461
Fundamentals of Crafts: Lighting and Stage Management
or Fundamentals of Crafts: Scenery and Costumes
3
THR 1451 Principles of Makeup (or a Wayne Experience (WE) course) 1
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall Semester
Intermediate Composition (IC) 3
Natural Science Inquiry w/ Lab (NSI) 4
THR 2581
Theatre Studio - Performance
or Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting
or Theatre Studio - Costumes
or Theatre Studio - Stage Management
or Theatre Studio - Theatre Management
or Theatre Studio - Running Crew
or Theatre Studio - Production
1
THR 5841 Theatre History I 3
THR 2220
Fundamentals of Voice and Movement 3
or Introduction to Design for the Theatre
or Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities
or Applied Theatre Studies: Theatre in Education
3
 Credits14
Winter Semester
Civic Literacy (CIV) 3
THR 2581 Theatre Studio - Performance 4 1
THR 1215 Acting II 3
THR 2221 Stage Movement I 2
THR 2231 Voice Lab I 2
History/Dramatic Literature Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Credits16
Junior
Fall Semester
Natural Science Inquiry w/o Lab (NSI) 3
THR 2581 Theatre Studio - Performance 4 1
THR 5811 Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century 3
THR 3211 Acting III 3
THR 3221 Stage Movement II 2
THR 3231 Voice Lab II 2
 Credits14
Winter Semester
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Inquiry (DEI) 3
THR 2581 Theatre Studio - Performance 4 1
THR 5812 Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern 3
THR 3215 Acting IV 3
THR 3225 Stage Movement III 2
THR 3235 Voice Lab III 2
Theatre Elective 3
 Credits17
Senior
Fall Semester
Global Learning (GL) 3
THR 3581 Advanced Theatre Studio - Performance 4 1
THR 2582
Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting
or Theatre Studio - Costumes
or Theatre Studio - Stage Management
or Theatre Studio - Theatre Management
or Theatre Studio - Running Crew
or Theatre Studio - Production
1
THR 4211 Acting V 3
THR 4231 Voice Lab IV 2
THR 4271 Acting for the Camera 3
General Elective 2
 Credits15
Winter Semester
THR 3581 Advanced Theatre Studio - Performance 4 1
THR 2582
Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting
or Theatre Studio - Costumes
or Theatre Studio - Stage Management
or Theatre Studio - Theatre Management
or Theatre Studio - Running Crew
or Theatre Studio - Production
1
THR 4995 Theatre Capstone: Performance 3
THR 4221 Stage Movement IV 2
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Credits12
 Total Credits120
1

Placement by test scores. Must take ENG 1010 first if: ACT English < 21, SAT EBRW < 520, or SAT Writing < 480.

2

See the General Education of the Undergraduate Bulletin for other QE options.

3

If THR 2301 isn't offered, THR 2611 or THR 5311 can be substituted in its place.

4

Each THR 2581-87 course can be taken a max of 3 times. Matching THR 3581-87 courses can be taken as Theatre Electives. Students must complete a minimum of 6 THR 2581-87 courses (may vary for transfer students).
Actors must complete at least 3 non-Performance Theatre Studios.

Elective Courses

Theatre Studio
THR 2580Theatre Laboratory 11
THR 2581Theatre Studio - Performance1
THR 2582Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting1
THR 2583Theatre Studio - Costumes1
THR 2584Theatre Studio - Stage Management1
THR 2585Theatre Studio - Theatre Management1
THR 2586Theatre Studio - Running Crew1
THR 2587Theatre Studio - Production1
Dramatic/Literature Electives
THR 1030Introduction to Black Theatre and Performance3
THR 1041Musical Theatre Appreciation3
THR 5821Black Dramatic Literature and Performance3
THR 5831Pioneers of the Modern Theatre3
Performance Electives
THR 2251Musical Theatre Performance I3
THR 3561WSU Touring Theatre1
THR 3731Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities3
THR 3735Applied Theatre Studies: Theatre in Education3
THR 3738Applied Theatre Practicum1-4
THR 5711Play Direction3
THR 5721Playwriting3
THR 5751Study Abroad: Moscow Art Theatre School1-3
Design/Tech/Management Electives
THR 2301Introduction to Design for the Theatre3
THR 2611Stage Management3
THR 3322Introduction to Costuming2
THR 3651Principles of Theatre Management3
THR 3671Theatre Management: Marketing and Public Relations3
THR 3675Theatre Management: Marketing Design and Layout3
THR 3681Theatre Management: Patron Services and Development3
THR 5311Stage Design3
THR 5331Entertainment Design - Lighting I2
THR 5422Introduction to Scene Painting3
1

All students in THR 2580 must drop the course after casting and register for a THR 2581 - 2587 course.

2

All courses in the department could serve as an elective in consultation with an academic advisor.

B.F.A. - Design and Technical Theatre

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
ENG 1020 Introductory College Writing 1 3
COM 1010 Oral Communication: Basic Speech 3
THR 1111 Fundamentals of Theatre 3
THR 1211
Acting I
or Play Analysis
3
THR 1411
Fundamentals of Crafts: Scenery and Costumes
or Fundamentals of Crafts: Lighting and Stage Management
3
THR 1451 Principles of Makeup (or a Wayne Experience (WE) course) 1
 Credits16
Winter Semester
Social Inquiry (SI) 3
Cultural Inquiry (CI) 3
THR 2651 Introduction to Life Skills for the Creative Entrepreneur 2 3
THR 1121
Play Analysis
or Acting I
3
THR 1461
Fundamentals of Crafts: Lighting and Stage Management
or Fundamentals of Crafts: Scenery and Costumes
3
THR 1451 Principles of Makeup (or a Wayne Experience (WE) course) 1
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall Semester
Intermediate Composition (IC) 3
Natural Science Inquiry w/ Lab (NSI) 3
THR 2581
Theatre Studio - Performance
or Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting
or Theatre Studio - Costumes
or Theatre Studio - Stage Management
or Theatre Studio - Theatre Management
or Theatre Studio - Running Crew
or Theatre Studio - Production
1
THR 5841 Theatre History I 3
THR 2220
Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
or Design Skills - Drafting I
or Introduction to Costuming
or Stage Management Studio - Principles
or Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities
or Applied Theatre Studies: Theatre in Education
2-3
General Elective 3 3
 Credits15-16
Winter Semester
Civic Literacy (CIV) 3
THR 2587 Theatre Studio - Production 1
Design Elective 2
Design/Tech Elective 3
History/Dramatic Literature Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Junior
Fall Semester
Natural Science Inquiry w/o Lab (NSI) 3
THR 3570 Technical Theatre Problems 2
THR 5811 Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century 3
Design Elective 2
Design/Tech Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits16
Winter Semester
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Inquiry (DEI) 3
THR 3570 Technical Theatre Problems 2
THR 5812 Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern 3
Design/Tech Elective 3
Design/Tech Elective 3
 Credits14
Senior
Fall Semester
Global Learning (GL) 3
THR 3570 Technical Theatre Problems 2
Design/Tech Elective 3
Design/Tech Elective 3
Theatre Elective 3
 Credits14
Winter Semester
THR 3570 Technical Theatre Problems 2
THR 4996 Theatre Capstone: Design and Technology 3
Design/Tech Elective 3
Theatre Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-121
1

Placement by test scores. Must take ENG 1010 first if: ACT English < 21, SAT EBRW < 520, or SAT Writing < 480.

2

See the General Education of the Undergraduate Bulletin for other QE options.

3

Interchangeable based on load/offerings.

Elective Courses

Theatre Studio
THR 2580Theatre Laboratory 11
THR 2581Theatre Studio - Performance1
THR 2582Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting1
THR 2583Theatre Studio - Costumes1
THR 2584Theatre Studio - Stage Management1
THR 2585Theatre Studio - Theatre Management1
THR 2586Theatre Studio - Running Crew1
THR 2587Theatre Studio - Production1
Dramatic/Literature Electives
THR 1030Introduction to Black Theatre and Performance3
THR 1041Musical Theatre Appreciation3
THR 5821Black Dramatic Literature and Performance3
THR 5831Pioneers of the Modern Theatre3
THR 5842Theatre History II3
Design Elective
THR 3315Entertainment Design - Scenery I2
THR 3325Entertainment Design - Costume I2
THR 3331Entertainment Design - Lighting I2
THR 4311Entertainment Design - Scenery II2
THR 4321Entertainment Design - Costume II2
THR 4331Entertainment Design - Lighting II2
THR 3601Stage Management Studio - Principles2
THR 3603Stage Management Studio - AEA Contracts2
THR 3605Stage Management Studio - Health and Safety2
THR 4601Stage Management Studio: Event Management2
THR 4603Stage Management Studio - Commerce of Theatre2
THR 4605Stage Management Studio - Performance Management2
Theatre Electives
THR 3731Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities3
THR 3735Applied Theatre Studies: Theatre in Education3
THR 3738Applied Theatre Practicum1-4
THR 5711Play Direction3
THR 5721Playwriting3
Design/Tech/Management Electives 2
ADR 1050Drawing I3
ADR 1060Drawing II3
AFA 2410Textiles3
COM 1600Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production3
MUT 1100Elementary Music Theory3
THR 3301Design Skills - Drafting I3
THR 3303Design Skills - Drafting II3
THR 3315Entertainment Design - Scenery I2
THR 3325Entertainment Design - Costume I2
THR 3331Entertainment Design - Lighting I2
THR 3341Design Skills - Digital I2
THR 3351Visual Communication - Scenery and Lighting2
THR 3352Visual Communication - Costumes2
THR 3603Stage Management Studio - AEA Contracts2
THR 3605Stage Management Studio - Health and Safety2
THR 3651Principles of Theatre Management3
THR 4315Entertainment Design - Scenery III2
THR 4342Design Skills - Digital II1
THR 4371Entertainment Design - Projection Design2
THR 4601Stage Management Studio: Event Management2
THR 4603Stage Management Studio - Commerce of Theatre2
THR 4605Stage Management Studio - Performance Management2
THR 5422Introduction to Scene Painting3
THR 5426Advanced Scene Painting3
1

All students in THR 2580 must drop the course after casting and register for a THR 2581 - 2587 course.

2

Additional Design/Tech/Management Electives  may be taken in consultation with design area mentor.

Theatre Honors Programs (B.F.A degrees)

In order to enter the Departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school g.p.a. of 3.5 or a college or university g.p.a. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including: the three of the following honors-option courses within their major taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement),  at least one 42XX honors seminar offered through the Honors College, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (THR 4998) and maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Departmental Honors in Theatre (fifteen credits)

Select the Honors Option in three of the following:9
Theatre History I
Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century
Theatre History II
Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
Makers of the Modern Theatre
Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern
Playwriting
Students may select the Honors Option in one of the following B.F.A. courses (three credits) to substitute for a course in the above requirement:
Introduction to Design for the Theatre
Acting IV
Acting V
Stage Design
Entertainment Design - Costume I
Entertainment Design - Lighting I
THR 4998Capstone Honors Thesis3
HON 42XX Honors Seminar3
Total Credits15

Student must maintain an overall 3.3 g.p.a.

For additional information, students should consult the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.

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