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General Education Requirements

Because Theatre Arts is an interdisciplinary art form, it contributes to many of the Earlham College general education requirements, including Earlham Seminars, Arts distributional requirement, Diversity-International, Diversity-Domestic, Writing Intensive and Research.

 

The Program

The Theatre Arts Department believes a strong liberal arts education combined with hands on experience is the best preparation for a career in theatre. Students take a wide breadth of classes while choosing a career track to dive deep into.

The Junior class collaborates in the season selection process to determine the focus of their senior capstone project. During the Senior year, students collaborate on all aspects of production preparation and performance related activities and then turn focus toward their post graduation plans.

 

The Major

For the Major, students complete the following courses:

  • THEA 250 Introduction to Theatre: Script Analysis
  • THEA 260 Foundations of Acting
  • THEA 270 Theatrecraft
  • THEA 350 Trends in Western Theatre
  • THEA 422 Production Leadership
  • THEA 481 Internship
  • THEA 388 Junior Seminar
  • THEA 488 Senior Capstone & Career Preparation

In addition, students complete:

  • One of the following Genre Studies courses:
    • THEA/ENG 359  Shakespeare and Social Problem
    • THEA/ANCS 358 Greek and Roman Drama 
    • THEA/ENG 380 Theatre: Multicultural Theatre
    • THEA 387 Theatre for Social Change
  • One of the following courses:
    • THEA 370 Directing
    • THEA 386 Devised Theatre
  • One of the following courses:
    • THEA 122 Production Practicum
    • THEA 230 Applied Acting

Students also complete one of the following tracks:

Performance Track

  • THEA 360 Acting Styles
  • THEA 362 Audition Portfolio
  • THEA 386 Devised Theatre
  • Music Ensemble or Music Lesson
  • One from the following courses:
    • THEA 261 Voice & Movement for the Stage
    • THEA 239 Intro to Theatrical Makeup
    • THEA 470 Directing II

Design & Technology Track

  • THEA 371 Design 1: Costumes, Sets and Lights
    (You may take this course more than once)
  • THEA 372 Design 2: Drawing and Rendering
  • THEA 373 Design 3: Portfolio
  • One from the following courses:
    • ART 202 Cloth Art
    • ART 205 Drawing I
    • ART 220 Introduction to Metals & 3D Fabrication
    • ART 225 Painting I
    • ART 235 Photography I
    • MUS 372 Making Music with Computers
    • MUS 171 Music Theory I

Management Track

  • THEA 422 Production Leadership (Must take 4 semesters)
  • MGMT 240 Leadership Skills
  • MGMT 342 Leadership & Dealing with Differences
  • THEA 345 Introduction to Stage Management

 

The Minor

  • THEA 250 Introduction to Theatre: Collaboration, Analysis and Expression
  • THEA 350 Trends in Western Theatre History
  • One of the following:
    • THEA 260 Acting I
    • THEA 270 Theatrecraft
  • Complete the following requirement:
    • At least three credits from the following:
      • THEA 122 Theatre Production Practicum
      • THEA 230 Applied Theatre Acting
      • THEA 422 Advanced Theatre Production Practicum   AND
    • One three-credit, upper-level Theatre Arts course

OR

    • One credit from the following:
      • THEA 122 Theatre Production Practicum
      • THEA 230 Applied Theatre Acting
      • THEA 422 Advanced Theatre Production Practicum   AND
    • Two three-credit, upper-level Theatre Arts courses

 

Integrated Pathways

Integrated Pathways (IPs) can help you make direct connections between your academic interests and possible career paths. These programs are comprised of 4-6 courses as well as related extracurricular activities.