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THEATRE PROGRAM

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

MISSION STATEMENT

In order to provide a cohesive body of knowledge in the various fields of performance art, the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre at Longwood is committed to excellence in teaching, advancement of knowledge, and cultural enrichment. To this end, the Department provides two programs of study: Traditional Liberal Arts Studies in Theatre and Pre-professional Training for Theatre Practitioners. 

Theatre in the Liberal Arts 

BACHELOR OF ARTS in Visual and Performing Arts

Concentration in Theatre

Applied Theatre                                                                                   

Generalist 

That the study of Theatre is integral to the Liberal Arts is beyond question. Before there were studies in history, language, technology, or psychology, there was theatrical performance. Through song, dance, and mimesis prehistoric peoples sought to explain the relationship between their cultures and the universe. Theatre is one of the most ancient and, therefore, one of the most traditional of studies. Concepts of history and tradition, development of language, human behavior, multiculturalism, psychological development, and even emerging technologies have traditionally been the subjects and themes of dramatic literature and performance from prehistory to today. With the broad array of theatre course offerings at Longwood College students have the opportunity to achieve a traditional and holistic view of the world through the study of literature, performance art, and technological development. At the end of their studies, students in the B.A. program will be prepared for graduate study in a wide variety of traditional liberal arts fields and other areas (including law, communication studies, and business) and for careers in education, production, and performance.  

Pre-professional Training Program           

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS  in Visual and Performing Arts

Concentration in Theatre

Specialist in Performance

Specialist in Technology

Specialist in Theatre  Management                                                                                 

A faculty and staff of theatre historians, theoreticians, and professional artists mentor students who desire pre-professional training in Theatre Arts. The function of these mentors is to provide excellence in teaching and training through a sequence of theory, performance, and technical courses and through a program of main stage and studio theatrical productions. Students may opt for one of three tracks within the B.F.A. Specialist program: Performance, Technology or Theatre Management. Longwood students are invited into the B.F.A. program through auditions and examination of portfolios and are then evaluated and adjudicated by the faculty at the end of each year. Continuation in the B.F.A. program is competitive, and rigorous professional standards are applied.  

Description of DEGREE TYPES  

       I.   Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with a Concentration in Theatre is a traditional liberal arts degree. As in other B.A. degrees within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, competency in a foreign language and the pursuit of a minor field of study are expected. 

            There are two tracks in this degree program: 

            A.)    Applied Theatre

                     This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers in the field of theatre in education.  (An Education Endorsement is required in this track.)  

            B.)    Generalist

                     This specialization is designed for students who want to study theatre (history, literature, theory, criticism, and aesthetics) in its broadest sense. As in any liberal art, the study of theatre provides students with a holistic curriculum and a broad background in thought, critical thinking, writing skills, analysis, and a general knowledge of literature, philosophy, and technology, all of which prepares them with a wide variety experiences and potential. Students who wish to pursue the M.A. or Ph.D. in theatre work closely with their advisor to design a curriculum that combines a solid basis in theatre aesthetics and a strong background in another field, which would likely indicate a minor in an appropriate field, such as English, History, Anthropology, or Philosophy. 

     II.   Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with a Concentration in Theatre is a pre-professional degree designed for students who, upon graduation, wish to work in the professional theatre as performers, technicians, or managers or who want to prepare for application to M.F.A. programs in graduate schools. 

            There are three tracks in this program: 

            A.)    Performance

                     This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers as actors in professional theatres and for those who want to prepare for application to M.F.A. programs in graduate schools. Students work closely with the theatre performance faculty, who act as mentors. Performance students are required to audition each semester for each main stage production. This track is selective and competitive; students’ work and competencies are reviewed each semester.              

            B.)    Technology

                     This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers as stage designers, lighting designers, technical directors, or costumers and for those who want to prepare for application to M.F.A. programs at graduate schools. Technology students work closely with the theatre design faculty and staff, who act as mentors. Students are required to work in all design and technology areas each semester. This track is selective and competitive; students’ work and capabilities are reviewed each semester. 

            C.)    Theatre Management

                     This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers as box office, house, or company managers in professional theatres and for those who want to prepare for application to M.F.A. programs at graduate schools. Theatre management students work closely with the theatre faculty and staff, who act as mentors. Students are required to work in all front-of-house areas each year. This track is interdisciplinary, selective, and competitive; students’ work and capabilities are reviewed each semester. (NOTE: Students in this track are not permitted to take more than 30 credit hours in the School of Business and Economics.)

Graduation Requirements 

Core Courses -- Required of all Theatre students 

Thea 113 Acting I/3 credits
Thea 240 Technical Theatre/3 credits 
Thea 330 Theatre History I/3 credits  
Thea 331 Theatre History II/3 credits
THEA 430 Modern Drama/3 credits
THEA 431 American Drama/3 credits
Thea 461 Senior Thesis/3 credits  
Thea 492 Internship/3 credits

              Take three credits from the following:

Thea 102 Theatre Performance/1 credit
THEA 103 Theatre Production/1 credit  
Total/27 credits      

Bachelor of Arts Degree  
Visual and Performing Arts  
Theatre Concentration: Applied Theatre or Generalist  

A. General Education Core Requirements/33 credits.
See General Education Requirements  
              
 
B. Additional Degree Requirements/9 credits.  
See Additional Degree Requirements   

  (3 credits must be a foreign language at the 202 level or above.) 

C. Major Requirements. Applied Theatre/33-34 credits;
Generalist/33 credits.  
Applied Theatre:  
     Theatre Core/27 credits  
     Upper division theatre electives/6-7 credits  
Generalist:  
     Theatre Core/27 credits  
     Upper division theatre electives/6 credits  
D. Minor and/or Education endorsement. 18-41 credits.  
THEA 250 Creative Dramatics/3 credits  
THEA 401 Methods of Teaching Theatre/3 credits
See professional education requirements:
 NK-12 Endorsement
 Add-On Endorsements
 

  (For those who are seeking careers in educational theatre, student teaching may be substituted for the Internship.) 

E.  General Electives/4-27 credits       
F. Total Credits Required for B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre Concentration - 120   

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

Visual and Performing Arts

Theatre Concentration: Specialist in Performance, Specialist in Technology, or Specialist in Theatre Management

A. General Education Core Requirements. 33 credits.  
See General Education Requirements 
B. Additional Degree Requirements. 9 credits.
See Additional Degree Requirements   

  (3 credits must be a foreign language at the 202 level or above.)  

C..  Major Requirements. 54 credits.  

Specialist in Performance:  

Theatre Core/27 credits

THEA 214 Stage Makeup for the Actor/3 credits
Thea 215 Voice and Mvmt I/3 credits  
Thea 315 Voice and Mvmt II/3 credits
Thea 316 Acting II/3 credits  
Thea 317 Acting III/3 credits  
Thea 320   Directing/3 credits
Thea 413 Acting IV/3 credits 
THEA 414 Voice and Mvmt/3 credits
Upper-division Theatre Electives/3 credits  

SPECIALIST IN TECHNOLOGY:    

Theatre Core/27 credits

Thea 241 Drafting for Theatrical Design/3 credits  
THEA 275 Stage Management/3 credits
THEA 306 Stage Properties/3 credits
THEA 337 Costume Technology I/3 credits
THEA 338 Costume Technology II/3 credits
THEA 340 Scene Design/3 credits  
Thea 342 Lighting Design/3 credits
THEA 344  Scene Painting/3 credits  
Thea 345   Costume Design/3 credits  

Specialist in THEATRE MANAGEMENT

NOTE: Students in this track may not take more than 30 credit hours in the School of Business and Economics.

Theatre Core/21 credits*

Thea 275 Stage Management/3 credits  
Thea 399 Theatre Management/3 credits
Thea 103 Theatre Production (Box Office Practicum) 3 credits plus  
Business Core 24 credits (which are:  )  
ACCT 240 Principles of Accounting I/3 credits
ACCT 242 Principles of Accounting II/3 credits  
ACCT 296  Legal Environment/3 credits  
CIMS 170  Computer Applications/3 credits  
MANG 360   Principles of Management/3 credits  
MANG 362 Organization Behavior/3 credits  
MARK 380 Principles of Marketing/3 credits  
MANG 465 Human Resource Management/3 credits

*Students in this track are exempted from THEA 430 and THEA 431.

D. General Electives/24 credits  
E. Total credits required for B.F.A. in Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre Concentration - 120

MINOR IN THEATRE  

19 credit hours including:

THEA 102 Theatre Performance/1 credit  
THEA 103 Theatre Production/1 credit
THEA 113  Acting I/3 credits  
THEA 240 Technical Theatre/3 credits  
THEA 330     Theatre History I/3 credits
THEA 331 Theatre History II/3 credits 
THEATRE ELECTIVES/6 credits  

THEATRE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS  

General Education Course *

Writing Intensive Course **  

Theatre 101. Issues in Theatre. This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring modern society in the context of performing arts. Through a series of readings, videos, and live performances, students will see how theatre is an integral part of human culture. 4 credits. *

Theatre 102. Theatre Performance. This practicum course is open to students who are cast in Longwood Theatre productions. May be repeated for credit four times. Prerequisite: Audition. 1 credit. *

Theatre 103. Theatre Production. This practicum course is open to students who work in technical and management areas of Longwood Theatre productions. May be repeated for credit four times. Prerequisite: Portfolio/permission. 1 credit. *

Theatre 113. Acting I. This studio course is an introduction to the art of performance in the theatre. 3 credits.

Theatre 215. Voice and Movement I. This studio course is an introductory exploration of the physical and vocal skills required for effective performance. Emphasis is placed on developing self-awareness and control of the actor’s instrument through relaxation and tension-release, proper breathing techniques, the improvement of resonance, articulation and projection. 3 credits.

THEATRE 214.   Stage Makeup for the Actor.  Through a combination of lecture and laboratory demonstration, students learn the basic skills of stage makeup application and design.  3 credits.

Theatre 240. Technical Theatre. This course will give the student a basic understanding and appreciation of the technical side of theatre. It will provide a knowledge of the safe and proper way to handle scene shop equipment.  3 credits.

Theatre 241. Drafting for Theatrical Design. This is a lecture-studio course that deals with the fundamentals of theatrical drafting and mechanical drawing for those students who will be taking scene design, scene painting, and/or lighting design. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C or permission. 3 credits.

Theatre 250. Creative Dramatics for the Classroom. This studio course is a practical exploration of resources, techniques, and application of creative dramatic activities for the classroom. 3 credits.

Theatre 275. Stage Management. This lecture-studio course explores the role and responsibilities of the stage manager in academic, community, regional, and professional theatre settings. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C.  3 credits.

THEATRE 292.  Internship in Theatre.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of theatre.  1-18 credits.

Theatre 295. Special Topics in Theatre. This directed study opportunity geared toward freshmen and sophomores who want to explore a special course of study in Theatre Arts. 1-3 credits.

Theatre 306.  Stage Properties.  This course is for students who will learn hwo to design and create stage properties.  Course content will include hands-on projects, research, resources, and discussion of period styles. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C.  3 credits

Theatre 311, 312. Studies Abroad. This course is intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in the study of theatre.  Prerequisite:  Permission.  1-18 credits.

Theatre 315. Voice and Movement II. This studio course is a continued exploration of the physical and vocal skills required for effective stage performance. Emphasis is placed on the development of the actor’s instrument through the study of period movement and the use of heightened language and verse. Classes are a combination of lecture, demonstration, and experiential exercises. Content is directed toward the specific needs of the actors. Prerequisite: THEA 215 - minimum grade of C.  3 credits.

Theatre 316. Acting II. This studio course is designed to develop fundamental acting skills through classroom exercises, scene study, and character analysis. Prerequisite: THEA 315 - minimum grade of C.  3 credits.

Theatre 317. Acting III. A practicum course in acting designed to further develop the actor’s analytical, vocal, and physical skills. Emphasis will be placed on exploring advanced performance concepts in a variety of dramatic styles. Prerequisite:  THEA 316 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 320. Directing. This course introduces the student to the tools and techniques used by the interpretative artist in the production of a play. Training involves workshop exercises and scene studies. Prerequisite: THEA 316 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 330. History of Theatre I. This course is a study of the dramatic literature and the history of stage practices during the time of the Ancient Greeks to the time of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 - minimum grade of C.  3 credits. **

Theatre 331. History of Theatre II. This course is a study of the dramatic literature and the history of stage practices from the time of the English Restoration to the Modern Period. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 340. Scene Design.  This is a lecture/studio course in which students analyze scripts for scenic needs and create scenic designs. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C or permission. 3 credits.

Theatre 342. Lighting Design.  A lecture/studio course dealing with the basic skills necessary to the beginning lighting designer. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 344. Theory and Practice of Scene Painting. This is a lecture/studio course dealing with the fundamentals of scene painting, color theory, and their practical application. Work on department productions required. Prerequisite: THEA 341 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

Theatre 345. Costume Design.  This is a course in costume design for the stage.  Topics include script analysis, research, sketching and rendering, basic elements of design, costume history, and production.  Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.

THEATRE 337.  Costume Technology I.   This is a hands-on course in costume technology for the stage.  Topics included in the course are basic sewing, identification and use of costume shop tools and equipment, safety, and wardrobing.  Work on the department productions is required.  Prerequisite: THEA 240 - minimum grade of C.  3. credits.

THEATRE 338.  Costume Tehcnology II.  This is an advanced extension of THEA 346, with a particular emphasis on costume crafts.  Work on department productions is required.  Prerequisites: THEA 240, THEA 346 - minimum grades of C.  3 credits.

THEATRE 390.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 391.  1-18 credits.

Theatre 399. Theatre Management.  This course is designed to acquaint students with the problems and challenges facing producers and administrators who work in not-for-profit organizations, such as LORT theatres, dance companies and symphonies. Students explore concepts and procedures for staffing, fundraising, financing, marketing, planning, scheduling, and front-of-house management. Prerequisites: ENGL 101; ACCT, 240, 242; CIMS 170 - minimum grades of C.  3 credits.

THEATRE 401.  Methods of Teaching Theatre.  This is a concentrated study of contemporary practices, theory, and methods of teaching theatre in the secondary school.  Emphasis will be palced on curriculum development, creating lesson plans, and formulating effective assessment guidelines.  This is a reading intensive course.  Prerequisite: Theatre Core - minimum grades of C or permission.  3 credits.

THEATRE 408. Directing for the Teacher.            In this course students are introduced to the methods, techniques, and vocabulary of the educational director.  Students will learn how to use space, create stage pictures, learn stage composition, and learn how to break down and interpret the text.  In addition, students will develop skills in planning, rehearsal procedures, and working with young adults.  Prerequisite: THEA 250 -minimum grade of C.  3 credits.

Theatre 413. Acting IV.  This course is an advanced practicum for actors, designed to address individual needs and interests. Emphasis is placed on preparing for professional auditions. Prerequisite: Permission; GPA 2.5 minimum. 3 credits.

THEATRE 414.  Voice and Movement III.  This course is a continued exploration of the physical and vocal skills reqired for effective stage performance.  Emphasis is placed on the development of the actor's instrument though the study of mask, mime, and period movement.  Classes are a combination of lecture, demonstration, and experiential exercises. This study will include the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.  Content of the course will be directed toaward the specific needs of the actors.  Prerequisite: THEA 315 - minimum grade of C.  3 credits.

Theatre 430. Modern Drama. In this course students will explore a catalog of traditional and avant-garde plays of the modern period and are required to read a significant body of modern dramatic criticism. Texts will be analyzed in the context of social and political movements, genre, and style. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 431. American Drama. This course is a study of the major developments of American theatre and drama, essentially from the 1920s to today. Major playwrights, stylistic developments, and the history of staging practices during the modern period are studied. Also explored are areas such as the American musical theatre, Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre movements. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits. **

Theatre 432. Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre. This course is a practical study of selected works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and involves the interpretation of text and the gathering of research sources. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 - minimum grade of C. 3 credits.  **

Theatre 447. Design and Technology.  This is an advanced studies course in the technical aspects of theatrical production. Prerequisites: THEA 240 and permission. 3 credits

Theatre 461. Senior Seminar. This is a capstone course, requiring a final creative/theoretical thesis, portfolio, resume, and exit exam in Theatre History and Literature, and the creation of personal Web-site. Prerequisite: Senior standing; GPA minimum 2.5. 3 credits. **

Theatre 490. Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  1-18 credits.

THEATRE 492. Internship in Theatre.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of theatre.  1-18 credits.

Theatre 495. Special Topics in Theatre. In this course, topics will vary from semester to semester, according to the expertise of the guest artist. Specific descriptions are available from academic advisors at the time of each offering. The course may be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisites: Permission and standing as a junior or senior. 1-3 credits.

THEATRE 498.  Honors Research in Theatre.  Students conduct research in theatre under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.  May be repeated as 499.  3 credits.

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