Theatre

Theatre students become proficient problem-solvers by learning all aspects of theatre, including acting and directing, design and technical theatre, and theatre management – all while exploring specific vocational goals. Through hands-on experiences, leadership development, and internships, students gain the knowledge and confidence they need to meet creative challenges and succeed in an array of work environments.

Act, Direct, Lead

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Stage managing
  • Patron services
  • Education
  • Ministry
  • Business
  • Public relations

Students don’t have to ‘pay their dues.’ Talent, skill, and a strong work ethic are recognized and nurtured. Students are an integral part of the process of making the theatre program work. Collaboration with other departments on campus is encouraged and supported through innovative projects. Students are given leadership opportunities from day one and don’t have to be a theatre major to have a great impact in the theatre program.

 

 

 

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Make a Difference

According to Backstage Magazine, theatre and the arts are important because they foster collaboration and provide opportunities for understanding differing perspectives, ideas, and experiences.

Theatre Professions

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects higher than average growth in theatre-related occupations. Theatre professions are in demand due to the expansion of entertainment options, including animation, gaming, audiobooks, and live performance.

Play Readings

When students are interested in writing their own material, the BVU Theatre organizes play readings and developmental workshops to help students fine tune and ready their work for the stage.

Showcase Your Acting Chops

Three productions each year + more

University Theatre-The theatre program presents three mainstage productions each year within a four-year cycle designed to expose students to a wide range of dramatic literature and performing and artistic opportunities. The program participates in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival by entering productions and sending students to the regional festival.

New Visions Series- The New Visions Series focuses on student-directed and student-written productions, either in one-act or full-length forms. Recent New Visions productions include “Iowa,” “Steel Magnolias,” and a double bill of “Doing a Good One for the Red Man” and an original play written and directed by Luke T. Harwath titled “Mirks.”

Student Showcases- Acting and directing students demonstrate their skills and talent each semester through public performance showcases. Students present monologues and scenes from their semester in fundamentals of acting or advanced acting classes, and directors present their one-act plays for fundamentals of directing or advanced directing credit.

Top-notch Facilities

Learn on and off the stage.

Anderson Auditorium- This space, where most campus theatre productions are staged, seats 350.

Forum Workshop- The backstage shop at Anderson Auditorium has a 30-foot by 30-foot work area for set and prop construction.

Schaller Memorial Chapel- The largest auditorium on campus, Schaller Memorial Chapel seats 850. In addition to weekly chapel services, the stage is used for visiting theatrical performances, performing artists and speakers.

Internships

  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Second City, Chicago
  • Encore Stage and Studio, Arlington VA
  • Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis
  • Producers 4, New York City

Careers

  • Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, General Manager
  • Kaiser-Permanente Educational Theatre, Actor
  • Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, Director
  • Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, Executive Video Producer

Graduate School

  • University of California
  • University of Illinois at Urbana
  • Arizona State University
  • University of North Dakota
  • Missouri State University

Major in Theatre (39 credit hours)

  • THEA 110 Introduction to the Theatre
  • THEA 220 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THEA 242 Production and Performance I
  • THEA 300 Fundamentals of Directing
  • THEA 352 Production and Performance II
  • THEA 401 History of the Theatre I
  • THEA 402 History of the Theatre II
  • THEA 411 Dramatic Literature
  • THEA 462 Production and Performance III
  • THEA 490 Portfolio
  • THEA 495 Internship

3 credit hours from

  • THEA 190 Stagecraft
  • THEA 290 Production Design
  • THEA 390 Specialty Design

6 credit hours from

  • THEA 395 Plays by and About Women
  • THEA 405 Advanced Acting
  • THEA 406 Advanced Directing

6 credit hours

  • THEA or AMGT courses at the 300 level or higher

Minor in Theatre (21 credit hours)

  • THEA 110 Introduction to the Theatre
  • THEA 220 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THEA 242 Production and Performance I
  • THEA 300 Fundamentals of Directing
  • THEA 352 Production and Performance II
  • THEA 462 Production and Performance III

3 credit hours from

  • THEA 190 Stagecraft
  • THEA 290 Production Design
  • THEA 390 Specialty Design

6 credit hours from the following

  • THEA 395 Plays by and About Women
  • THEA 401 History of the Theatre I
  • THEA 402 History of the Theatre II
  • THEA 405 Advanced Acting
  • THEA 406 Advanced Directing
  • THEA 411 Dramatic Literature

Recommended support work:

  • AMGT 425 Topics in Arts Management
  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 340 Civic Communication
  • COMM 355 Conflict Management
  • DIGI 102 Media Studio: Video
  • DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio
  • DIGI 210 Media and Society
  • MUSC 136 Class Voice
  • Private Voice Lessons (MUSC 161/162, 261/262, 361/362, 461/462)

Faculty

Dr.   Bethany  Larson

Bethany Larson

Associate Professor of Theatre

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Mr.   David  Walker

David Walker

Assistant Professor of Theatre

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BVU Theatre to Present Spring Production April 26-29

The cast will perform Agatha Christie's The Hollow, which begins as a weekend getaway to the countryside before quickly spiraling into a murder mystery.

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BVU Theatre to Present Spring Production April 26-29