Theatre Arts, BA
THE MAJOR IN THEATRE ARTS
Theatre Arts Mission
As part of the Department of Performing Arts, the Theatre Arts Program explores diverse forms including the classics, contemporary drama, comedy, film, and musical theatre. Studies include training in acting; scenic, costume, and lighting design; directing; theatre history; and playwriting. The Theatre Arts major is for active participants who are ready to apply theory to practice via live performance, production work, undergraduate research, and theatre conferences.
Theatre Arts Values:
- We train our students in state-of-the-art facilities, exposing them to current technology, quality equipment, and contemporary approaches.
- In classes and productions, we follow industry standards, preparing our students with one-on-one mentoring, group collaboration, and peer mentorship to succeed in a highly competitive field.
- We provide curricula that take our students from theory to practicum, and from applied production work to internships.
- We promote undergraduate research that allows our students to participate in regional and national conferences such as KCACTF and USITT.
Theatre Arts Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate the ability to read closely, to think critically, to speak eloquently, and to write effectively.
- Students will demonstrate advanced skills in one or more areas of theatre arts concentration.
- Students will demonstrate a wide range of skills practiced in theatre arts, including acting, design-technology, stage management, and dramaturgy.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to follow best practices during production, including rehearsals and performances.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and collectively.