Buena Vista University

Theatre

The lights go down. A crowd falls silent. For a moment, you can hear everyone breathe in. Not just the audience in their seats but the actors backstage waiting to enter stage left; the crew on the catwalks high above the proscenium; and the light and sound techs in the booths at the back of the house. It’s the excitement of a theatre performance about to begin.

You may know this feeling and the hours of preparation that go into putting on a show. As a theatre major, you’ll continue developing your skills in acting, writing, directing, designing, stage managing, and costuming. You’ll learn the history of theatre, how modern theatre productions are staged, how to communicate effectively both onstage and off, and the different roles in which you can work in the professional theatre community.

Courses of study

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
or THEA 290 Production Design
or THEA 390 Specialty Design

6 credit hours from:

THEA 395 Plays By and About Women or THEA 405 Advanced Acting or
THEA 406 Advanced Directing

6 credit hours from:

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 or THEA 290 Production Design or THEA 390 Specialty Design

6 credit hours from the following list:

THEA 395 Plays By and About Women
THEA 401 History of Theatre I
THEA 402 History of 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 II: Video
DIGI 103 Media Studi0 III: Audio
DIGI 210 Media and Society
MUSC 136 Class Voice
Private Voice Lessons (MUSC 161/162, 261/262, 361/362, 461/462)

For information about Teaching Licensures in Theatre, see Communications Studies.

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Buena Vista University
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Storm Lake, IA 50588
800.383.9600

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