Students will gain skills which will enable them to make, justify and execute production and design choices. Analyze scripts and characters. Research and synthesize information to produce original ideas. Develop and demonstrate technical abilities and techniques. Develop and utilize diverse construction methods and safe theatre practices. Work within deadlines and budget restraints. Learn and develop artistic and design skills. Gain hands-on practical experience.
Students will acquire the techniques necessary for the confident, skilled performance of dramatic roles. Perform as part of an ensemble. Understand the concept of "improvisation" within a scripted scene. Explore and discover self as the primary instrument of acting. Develop versatility as performers. Conduct character analysis. Perform material from different periods and places.
Playwriting and Directing
Students will be provided with skills necessary for the creation of play scripts. Students will learn the essential elements of play directing and apply them in developing a publicly staged or studio performance. Explore and discover the individual self as the primary instrument of playwriting. Develop a sense of urgency and structure in the play script. Create and develop unique dramatic characters. Understand the idea of a directorial concept and to apply it to a variety of dramatic texts. Develop an understanding of the craft of acting and techniques for coaching actors.
History and Dramatic Literature
Students will learn the elements of the historic development of theatre and drama in a variety of cultures from their beginnings in the ancient world to the present. Gain knowledge of plays, theatres, playwrights, actors, performance conventions, issues, influences, audiences, and styles drawn from world theatre history. Make comparisons between theatre and other art forms. Understand the necessary and vital relationships between theatre and other elements of "culture." Acquire and develop research and reporting skills.
Students will learn to develop skills that shall enable them to conduct themselves in a manner accepted in the professional community. Develop leadership, collaboration, communication and job skills. Adopt attitudes, values, work ethics, and time management skills appropriate to a professional setting. Increase self-motivation, self-reliance and self-confidence. Develop and maintain a sense of responsibility and commitment to their work as theatre artists.
Students will be provided with special opportunities. Design or direct a main stage or studio production. Obtain a work-study position within the department. Work as an intern in a theatre environment. Attend off-campus theatre events. Attend, participate and compete in regional and national conferences.