Theatre and Media Performance

Theatre and Media Performance 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 many 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 and Media Performance (33-53 credit hours)

Core Courses (15-35 hours)

  • THME 190 Portfolio I
  • THME 200 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THME 242 Theatre Practicum: Cast or Crew
  • THME 290 Portfolio II
  • THME 300 Fundamentals of Directing
  • THME 342 Theatre Practicum: Leadership
  • THME 390 Portfolio III
  • THME 400 Theatre History
  • THME 420 Theatre and Production Management
  • THME 430 Advanced Directing
  • THME 442 Theatre Practicum: Design or Direction
  • THME 490 Capstone Portfolio
  • THME 495 Internship

6 credit hours from

  • THME 170 Production Studio: Scenery
  • THME 171 Production Studio: Lighting
  • THME 172 Production Studio: Makeup
  • THME 173 Production Studio: Patron Services
  • THME 270 Production Studio: Costumes
  • THME 271 Production Studio: Painting
  • THME 272 Production Studio: Properties
  • THME 273 Production Studio: Stage Management

3 credit hours from

  • THME 320 Performance Studio: Voice Acting
  • THME 321 Performance Studio: Camera Acting
  • THME 322 Performance Studio: Auditioning Technique
  • THME 323 Performance Studio: Career Preparation

3 credit hours from

  • THME 350 Shakespeare
  • THME 395 Dramatic Literature: Topics
  • THME 396 Dramatic Literature: International Topics
  • THME 411 Dramatic Literature: Survey

6 credit hours

  • THME 330 Musical Theatre
  • THME 370 Film Studies: History
  • THME 380 Theatre: Topics
  • THME 470 Film Studies: Topics
  • THME 440 Developing New Works

Minor in Theatre (19.5-27.5 credit hours)

  • THME 190 Portfolio I
  • THME 200 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THME 242 Theatre Practicum: Cast or Crew
  • THME 290 Portfolio II
  • THME 300 Fundamentals of Directing
  • THME 342 Theatre Practicum: Leadership
  • THME 390 Portfolio III
  • THME 420 Theatre and Production Management
  • THME 442 Theatre Practicum: Design or Direction
  • THME 490 Capstone Portfolio

7.5 credit hours from

  • THME 170 Production Studio: Scenery
  • THME 171 Production Studio: Lighting
  • THME 172 Production Studio: Makeup
  • THME 173 Production Studio: Patron Services
  • THME 270 Production Studio: Costumes
  • THME 271 Production Studio: Painting
  • THME 272 Production Studio: Properties
  • THME 273 Production Studio: Stage Management
  • THME 320 Performance Studio: Voice Acting
  • THME 321 Performance Studio: Camera Acting
  • THME 322 Performance Studio: Auditioning Technique
  • THME 323 Performance Studio: Career Preparation

3 credit hours from

  • THME 330 Musical Theatre
  • THME 350 Shakespeare
  • THME 370 Film Studies: History
  • THME 380 Theatre: Topics
  • THME 395 Dramatic Literature: Topics
  • THME 400 Theatre History
  • THME 411 Dramatic Literature: Survey
  • THME 440 Developing New Works
  • THME 470 Film Studies: Topics

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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