Theatre Arts Minor

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Overview

The theatre arts minor provides an iterative balance of theory and practice that engages students intellectually and creatively. This combination of critical thinking and experiential learning offers students an in-depth understanding of the art of theater, as well as an introduction to the role of theater as both a form of commentary on, and as a reflection of, society and culture. The minor includes student participation in a minimum of three department sponsored theater productions via Theater Ensemble (FNRT-230) and Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis (FNRT-207).

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student’s academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.

The program code for Theatre Arts Minor is THEATR-MN.

Curriculum for Theatre Arts Minor

Course
Required Courses
PRFL-220
Theatre Ensemble*
PRFL-227
Dramatic Theory and Text Analysis
Electives‡
Choose three of the following
   FNRT-204
   Music & the Stage
A historical and cultural survey of collaboration between the arts of music and theatre, focusing on a selection of significant creative products that combine music and drama. Possible works studied include those by Shakespeare, Monteverdi, Mozart-Daponte, John Gay, Beethoven-Goethe, Wagner, Puccini, Brecht-Weill, and Bernstein, spanning the genres of Renaissance tragedy and comedy, opera seria, opera buffa, ballad opera, incidental music, romantic drama, Italian opera, music-drama, epic theatre, cabaret, vaudeville, and musical comedy.
   PRFL-221
   Fundamentals of Acting
   PRFL-230
   Devising Theatre: Creating Ensemble Based Performance
   PRFL-239
   Design/Stagecraft Apprenticeship†
   PRFL-321
   Traditions of Theatre in Europe
   PRFL-322
   Traditions of Theatre in the U.S. 
   PRFL-323
   Traditions of Shakespearean Theatre
   PRFL-324
   African American Playwrights
   PRFL-327
   American Musical Theatre
   PRFL-330
   Performing Identity in Popular Media
   PRFL-331
   Fundamentals of Directing
   PRFL-332
   Fundamentals of Stage Management
   PRFL-489
   Special Topics
   PRFL-490
   Special Topics in Performing Arts
   PRFN-144
   Dance I: Jazz and Hip Hop
   PRFN-200
   Appreciation of Theatrical Design
   PRFN-245
   Dance II: Modern Dance and Ballet

* Students must take Theater Ensemble (PRFL-220) three times.

† Students may substitute one credit of Design/Stagecraft Apprenticeship (PRFL-239) for one credit of Theatre Ensemble (PRFL-220).

‡ At least two courses must be taken at the 300-level or higher.