Theatre  
 

Degrees / Courses

 
Theatre Majors Theatre Minor Courses
 
Theatre Major (B.A.)
All theatre majors must complete at least 48 credits in Theatre: the core (27 credits) and one concentration or “track” (21 credits) selected from the following options: performance (acting and/or directing), technical studies, creative dramatics or general studies.

The Theatre Major core includes the following:

  • TE113 Introduction to Drama
  • TE242 Script Analysis
  • TE361, TE362 Theatre History I + II
  • TE141 Acting I
  • TE251 Stagecraft
  • TE244 Directing I
plus 5 credits of Theatre Practica (TE253 and TE341, at least one credit in each area, counts for mainstage production and the Children’s tour only) and 1 credit of TE399 Senior Capstone Project/Independent Study
 
The Performance Track includes TE 140 Improvisational Acting, TE223 Voice and Diction, TE283 Stage Movement, TE241 Acting II or TE344 Directing II, TE342 Audition Technique, and nine (9) credits of theatre electives
 
The Technical Studies Track includes TE130 Intro to Theatre Design, TE351 Technical Theatre, TE420 Theatre Management, three (3) credits of TE254 Design Mentorship and nine (9) credits of theatre electives.
 
Programs The Creative Dramatics Track includes TE221 Oral Interpretation or TE222 Storytelling, TE383 Creative Dramatics, TE383 Children’s Theatre, TE352 Script Writing and nine (9) credits of theatre electives
 
The General Studies Track includes TE130 Intro to Theatre Design, TE241 Acting II, TE278 Dance Sampler, TE 352 Script Writing and nine (9) credits of theatre electives
 
Theatre and Business Administration Dual Major (B.S.B.A)
Designed for the business student who is interested in theatre management.
Minimum of 57 semester hours distributed as follows:
  • Accounting: AG210, AG211 or if students choose the evening program AG212, AG213 and AG214 (8 semester hours).
  • Business: BS106, BS201, BS202, BS305, BS460, and one from BS442, BS457, BS492 (15 semester hours).
  • Computer Information Systems: CS152 (1 semester hour).
  • Mathematics: one from MS151, MS 252, MS494 (3 semester hours).
  • Economics: ES213, ES214 (6 semester hours).
  • Theatre History and Literature: TE361, TE362 (6 semester hours).
  • Performance: TE141 (3 semester hours).
  • Theatre Design: TE130 (3 semester hours).
  • Stage Directing: TE244 (3 semester hours).
  • Theatre Technology: TE251 (3 semester hours).
  • Business Administration/Theatre Internship: TE397 (3 credit hours).
  • At least 28 semester hours within the dual degree must be taken at Aquinas College.
 
Communication Major with a Theatre Emphasis (B.A.)
Designed for students interested in both Communication and Theatre as they work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree Thirty-eight (38) semester hours total Twenty-nine (29) semester hours of required courses including CN101, TE130, TE141, CN205, CN206, TE242, TE244, TE253, CN285, CN307, and TE341 Nine (9) semester hours of electives chosen from: TE123, CN185, CN186, CN207, CN208, TE221, TE222, TE223, TE241, TE250, TE251, TE279, TE280, TE281,TE282, TE283, CN300, CN301, CN302, CN303, CN305, CN310, CN311, TE310, TE344, CN350, TE351, TE352, TE361, TE362, TE383, TE384, CN397, TE397, CN398, CN399, TE399, and CN401 No more than 6 semester hours may be taken from CN397, TE397, CN398, CN399, or TE399. TE253 and TE341 must be taken for a minimum of 1 credit each At least 12 semester hours must be taken at Aquinas College.
 
Theatre Minor
Minimum of 25 semester hours distributed as follows:
  • Theatre History & Literature: TE113, TE242 and TE361 or TE362 (9 semester hours).
  • Performance: TE141, TE223 or TE283 (5 semester hours).
  • Theatre Design: TE130 (3 semester hours).
  • Theatre Technology: TE251 (3 semester hours).
  • Stage Directing: TE244 (3 semester hours).
  • Theatre Practica: TE253, TE341 (2 semester hours; counts for mainstage productions only)
  • At least 10 semester hours within the minor must be taken at Aquinas College
Theatre minors must participate in a least one of the theatre program’s mainstage season productions per year.
Students interested in vocal training are encouraged to contact the Music Department for the appropriate curriculum.
 
Theatre Courses (TE)
TE 100 Introduction to Theatre (3) AC
Introduces theatre as an art form, exploring the collaboration process involved with playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians and the development by which the text is transformed to the stage. May involve some workshop and outside group rehearsals. Does not count toward the major.
 
TE/EH 113 Introduction to Drama (3) AC
Study of the elements of drama through close readings of works from various ages and countries.
 
TE 123 Introduction to Musical Theatre (3)
Exploration of the elements of American musical theatre. History, relevance to the theatre movement, and the collaboration process of playwrights, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, conductors, actors, designers and technicians are introduced.
 
TE 130 Introduction to Theatre Design (3)
Introduces the elements of design and interprets them theatrically: set, costume, and light design. Explores text interpretation and visual expression.
 
TE 140 Improvisational Acting (3)
Artistic method of improvisation focusing on the individual and ensemble exploring spontaneity, group cohesion and trust, pantomime skills, characterization and performance. Both comedic and dramatic improvisation are explored.
 
TE 141 Acting I (3)
Introduction to the technique of acting using theatre games, improvisation, text analysis, monologue and scene work, rehearsal etiquette and technique, and performance. Explores the release of tension and freeing the actor’s body and voice. Rehearsals outside of class are required.
 
TE 221 Oral Interpretation (3)
Artistic method of preparation and delivery of interpretive readings from prose, poetry, and drama focusing on literary analysis and editing, vocal and physical production technique, choral reading, and readers’ theatre.
 
TE 222 Storytelling (3)
Artistic method of preparation and delivery of poetry, folk tales, and other stories focusing on story analysis and editing, and vocal and physical performance technique.
 
TE 223 Voice and Diction (2)
Speech theory and technique designed to improve a stage actor’s vocal quality which may include breath, production, articulation and phonetics. Prerequisite: TE141 or consent of instructor.
 
TE 241 Acting II (3)
Deeper exploration into the technique of acting using method and non-method approaches to monologue and scene study. A more specific focus on vocal and physical awareness, character work, bold acting choices and genre. Rehearsal outside of class is required. Prerequisite: TE141 or consent of instructor.
 
TE 242 Script Analysis (3)
Artistic approaches to analyzing and interpreting dramatic texts for the purpose of directors, actors and designers. Approaches include Aristotelian, structural, image-based, action-based and research-based modes of analysis.
 
TE 244 Stage Directing I (3)
Introduction to the art of directing focusing on composition, picturization, audition, staging, dramatic rhythm and pace, rehearsal technique and leadership qualities The course culminates with student directed ten-minute plays Rehearsals outside of class are required. Prerequisite: TE242 or consent of instructor.
 
TE/MCEN 250 Musical Theatre Workshop (2)
Exploring the actor/singer/dancer by concentrating on acting the sone, vocal production, dance, musical theatre auditions, and performance. Rehearsals outside of class are required. Prerequisite: TE141, MCAP166 or consent of instructor. Can be repeated once as TE/MCEN350.
 
TE 251 Stagecraft (3)
Exploration of various technical aspects of theatrical production which may include scenery and property construction (metalwork, painting and rigging), lighting and sound, costuming, and make-up. Scene shop laboratory hours may be required.
 
TE 253 Technical Theatre Practicum (1)
Participating in a Theatre Program mainstage production in stage management, lighting, sound, scenery, props, costuming, or make-up and completing the requirements set forth by the production’s technical director. Prerequisites: TE251 or consent of instructor.
 
TE 254 Design Mentorship (1-3)
The shadowing of a design professional (set, lighting, costume, sound, props, stage management or technical direction) working on a mainstage production. The student may be called upon to assist the mentor in various capacities Observations are recorded in a journal and checked by/discussed by the mentor May be repeated with different subject areas or different mentors Prerequisite: TE 130 or program chair permission.
 
TE278 Dance Sampler (3)
An introductory course covering several types of dance, including tap, jazz, modern and musical theatre.
 
TE 279 Tap Dance (2) HE
Introduction to tap dancing including basic steps, terms and combinations designed to increase strength and flexibility.
 
TE 281 Ballet (2) HE
Introduction to ballet including body position, terms and beginning sequences designed to increase strength and flexibility.
 
TE 282 Modern Dance (2) HE
Introduction to modern dance including free form techniques and exercises designed to increase strength and flexibility.
 
TE 283 Stage Movement (2)
Theatrical movement techniques designed to break physical habits, release tension, explore physical character, increase strength and flexibility, begin aerobic activity and may introduce classical styles.
 
TE 310 Special Topics in Theatre (variable)
Offers focus on a specialized area in theatre when resources are available.
 
TE340 Acting III: Rotating Styles (3)
Acting technique open to explore major period styles and genres. Rehearsals outside of class are required. Prerequisites: TE141, TE241 or consent of instructor; can be repeated once.
 
TE 341 Acting Theatre Practicum (1-3)
Participating as an actor in a Theatre Program mainstage production and completing the requirements set forth by the production’s director. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor by audition.
 
TE 342 Audition Technique (2)
Exploring the professional theatre and film audition by focusing on material selection and preparation, appearance, impression, and headshot/resume techniques. Prerequisite: TE141 or consent of instructor.
 
TE 343 Stage Directing I (3)
Introduction to the art of directing focusing on script analysis, audition, staging, dramatic rhythm and pace, rehearsal technique and leadership qualities. The course culminates with student directed scenes from representative plays. Rehearsals outside of class are required. Prerequisite: TE141 or consent of instructor.
 
TE 344 Stage Directing II (3)
Deeper study in the art of directing (see TE/CN343 above) focusing on concept, classical and stylized theatre, musical theatre, and other genres. The course culminates with student directed one-act plays. Successful completion of this course allows the student to propose and, if chosen, direct the annual student laboratory production (see TE444). Rehearsals outside of class are required. Prerequisites: TE141, TE343 or consent of instructor.
 
TE 351 Technical Theatre (3)
Concentrative study on a rotating area of theatrical design or technical study, including set, costume, lighting or sound design, stage management, props design and construction, make-up design or technical direction Scene shop hours may be required May be repeated twice for credit Prerequisite: TE251.
 
TE/EH 352 Script Writing (3)
Writing scripts for the stage and/or screen and the study of the elements of script writing. Prerequisite: EH210.
 
TE 361 Theatre History I (3)
Survey from Greek theatre to the closing of the theatres in Commonwealth England (1642). Designed to familiarize the student with various periods of theatre history, both the physical aspects and the genre of drama that evolved from each period. Readings of representative plays are required.
 
TE 362 Theatre History II (3)
A continuation of TE361; from Restoration England (1660) through contemporary. Readings of representative plays are required.
 
TE 383 Creative Dramatics (3)
Explores dramatic texts written for child performers and focuses on dramatic curriculum for children performance projects. Field component is required.
 
TE 384 Children’s Theatre (3)
Explores dramatic texts intended for child audiences. Introduction to performance techniques for YA audiences as well as to major contributors to the field of children’s theatre. Performances may be required. Prerequisite: TE141 or Consent of instructor.
 
TE 397 Theatre Internship (variable)
Opportunity for students to gain credit for a non-academic theatre experience. Prerequisite: Consent of theatre director.
 
TE 399 Independent Project in Theatre (variable)
Individually negotiated project in student’s area of interest established by contract with instructor. One semester hour is required for the theatre major designed to prepare students entering the theatre profession or graduate school. The project may focus on life in the theatre, portfolios, resumes, job search, audition material, agents, casting directors and the local and national theatre scene. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: Consent of theatre director.
 
TE/EH 410 Shakespeare (3)
Introduction to the reading and study of Shakespearean tragedy, comedy and tragi-comedy.
 
TE 420 Theatre Management (3)
A seminar-based course in the leading and promotion of theatrical organizations, both for-profit and non-profit Fundraising, visibility, and organizational structure and guidelines are discussed Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.
 
TE 440 Acting IV: Contemporary Scene Study (3)
A high-intensity studio acting course that serves as both a scene-study studio and as a survey of contemporary playwrights and dramatic literature Up to 36 plays/playwrights are sampled from and assigned as scenes with rotating teams of partners for in class workshop and critique from both peers and the instructor May be repeated once for credit Prerequisite: TE 241
 
TE 444 Student Laboratory Production (1-3)
Annually, a student can be chosen through a proposal process to direct a laboratory production. The process will be mentored by a faculty member and students other than the director can participate based on audition or interest (actor, stage manager, designer, or producer). These productions are performed in the student theatre laboratory. Prerequisite: consent of theatre director. 1 credit=50 hours; 2 credits=100 hours; 3 credits=150 hours of service. Can be repeated.
 
TE 462 Twentieth Century Theatre (3)
Explores the nature of theatre styles through the perspectives of modern era theorists; late 19th century to present.
 
TE 463 Individual Research in Theatre (3)
Thesis research in areas which may focus on theory, history, or styles; research in marketing and advertisement for a Theatre Program mainstage production or student laboratory production; serve as dramaturge for a Theatre Program mainstage production or student laboratory production; or project proposed by student. Requirements set by instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of theatre director.