Theatre Arts

At Stetson, theatre is a liberal art that prepares students for life beyond college, whether in graduate study, professional activity, or a career path outside the theatre. The study of theatre arts through classroom and production experience emphasizes creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and cross-disciplinary approaches, allowing theatre to play a unique role in a liberal arts education.

We are dedicated to providing a well-rounded approach to the study and practice of theatre, striking a balance between study and application; academic and professional opportunities; and performance and technology. All students collaborate on an equal footing, whether as actors, technicians, designers, or directors. The Theatre Arts Program emphasizes one-on-one faculty mentoring, and, to further enhance the learning experience, we strongly support the development of relationships with outside arts organizations.

The Theatre Arts Program produces at least four main stage shows each year in a hands-on liberal arts program devoted to training the whole artist. Participation in our program is open to all Stetson students, and we offer plentiful opportunities to participate on and off stage. Currently, the Theatre Arts Program is housed in a performance complex inside DeLand’s Museum of Art, which includes a 240-seat modified proscenium/studio theatre with scene shop, design studio/computer lab, and costume shop.

This program is an integral part of the Department of Creative Arts, which brings together faculty and students engaged in the study and practice of creative pursuits. See relevant sections elsewhere in the Catalog to learn more about the Department’s other programs in Studio Art, Art History, and Digital Arts. The Department is the hub for the University’s Off-Center for Creative Practice, an academic constellation designed to promote collaboration across all creative disciplines at Stetson.

More information can be found online at http://www.stetson.edu/other/academics/programs/theatre-arts.php.

Major in Theatre Arts

Minor in Theatre Arts - 4.5 units

Requirements
THEA 121Stagecraft1
THEA 130APrinciples of Acting1
THEA 210Theatre Workshop (repeat course twice; THEA 214 may be used as a substitute.)0.5
Select one of the following courses:
THEA 241HTheatre History from Classical to the Neo-Classical Era1
or THEA 242H Theatre History From Modern to the Postmodern Era
1 Theatre Arts elective1
Total Units4.5

Advising Course Plans

Franco, Krista Marie
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, 2013
B.A., Florida State University
M.F.A., Clemson University

McCoy, Kenneth W.
Professor of Theatre Arts, 1994
B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.F.A., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Schmitt, Julia
Associate Professor and Director of Theatre Arts, 2004
B.A., Stetson University
M.A., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Wolek, Nathan E.
Associate Professor of Digital Arts, 2005
Chair of Creative Arts Department, 2012
B.M., Stetson University
Ph.D., Northwestern University

THEA 101A. Introduction to Theatre. 1 Unit.

A survey course that offers an aesthetic and historical appreciation for the development of theatre performance, and an appreciation for the work performed by theatre practitioners (such as that of the playwright, performer, designer and director).

THEA 121. Stagecraft. 1 Unit.

Study of the basic theory of planning, designing, drafting, construction, and rigging of scenery, lighting, costumes, and other technical elements of theatre. Laboratory required.

THEA 130A. Principles of Acting. 1 Unit.

A study of the fundamental techniques involved in the performer's use of the body, voice, and imagination leading to greater self-confidence and imaginative expression in preparing roles for stage and screen.

THEA 185. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

THEA 190. Special Topics in Theatre. 1 Unit.

Intensive study of selected topics related to theatre.

THEA 203. Principles of Directing. 1 Unit.

An introduction to the fundamentals of directing. This includes script analysis as a basis for production and working with actors in scene work. Prerequisite: THEA 130A or permission of instructor.

THEA 205A. Voice and Diction. 1 Unit.

Theory and practice designed to help the student develop the speaking voice for performance, particularly in regard to support, articulation, and expressiveness.

THEA 210. Theatre Workshop. 0.25 Units.

For majors, minors, and non-majors participating in technical activities in support of major theatre productions. This course may be repeated for credit. A student may only enroll in either 210 or 214, but not both in the same semester.

THEA 212. Theatre Performance. 0.25 Units.

For majors, minors, and non-majors participating in research, rehearsal and performance activities in support of major theatre productions. This course may be repeated for credit.

THEA 214. Theatre Workshop: Leadership. 0.25 Units.

Students taking this course will pursue a leadership role in the production of one of the theatre program's season offerings. This course may be repeated for credit. A student may only enroll in either 210 or 214, but not both in the same semester. Permission of instructor required.

THEA 220A. Entertainment Design. 1 Unit.

Survey and study through analysis and discussion of the design of scenery, lighting, costumes, sound, props and special effects in theatre, film and television.

THEA 237. Acting Comedy. 1 Unit.

In-depth study and application of select acting techniques appropriate to genres of comedy, including situation comedy, farce, and the comedy of manners. Prerequisite: THEA 130A or permission of instructor.

THEA 238. Acting for the Camera. 1 Unit.

In-depth study and application of select acting techniques appropriate to film and video production. Prerequisite: THEA 130A or permission of instructor.

THEA 241H. Theatre History from Classical to the Neo-Classical Era. 1 Unit.

Study of the development of theatre arts from Classical to the Neo-Classical Era, focusing on developmental changes in the areas of literature, theory, and conventions of performance. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

THEA 242H. Theatre History From Modern to the Postmodern Era. 1 Unit.

Study of the development of theatre arts from Modern to the Postmodern Era, focusing on developmental changes in the areas of literature, theory, and conventions of performance. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

THEA 261A. Theatre Fest. 1 Unit.

Critical study, attendance, and review of multiple live theatre productions in a theatre festival or other similar event. Offered on demand.

THEA 271A. Representations of Performance in Film. 1 Unit.

An aesthetic examination of the nature of theatrical performance through watching, discussing, and reviewing films that seek to communicate to a general audience the experience of – what it feels like to be – an actor in performance.

THEA 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

THEA 290. Special Topics in Theatre. 1 Unit.

Intensive study of selected topics related to theatre.

THEA 321. Scenic Design. 1 Unit.

An introduction to the aesthetics and the process of scenic design through critique and discussion of projects. Students will examine the text or source material as well as the action of the play while learning to communicate effectively visual design ideas using design tools and processes.

THEA 322. Stage Lighting. 1 Unit.

Study of design concepts, use of color, equipment, and drawings in designing the lighting for a dramatic production. Prerequisite: THEA 221 or permission of instructor.

THEA 323. Scenic Artistry. 1 Unit.

A studio class in scenic painting techniques and processes for the theatre. Students will explore and experiment with scaling, textures, materials, carving and color theory. Students will learn to analyze, plan and sample scenic renderings or other source material to accurately recreate design treatments.

THEA 325A. Costume and Makeup. 1 Unit.

A study of the historical development, design process, and construction techniques for costumes used in theatrical productions, plus a study of the materials and techniques used for stage make-up. Laboratory work required.

THEA 337. Acting: Mask and Movement. 1 Unit.

In-depth study and application of select acting techniques that focus on increasing the effectiveness of movement and gesture as expressive tools. Prerequisite: THEA 130A or permission of instructor.

THEA 343. History of Musical Theatre. 1 Unit.

This course will offer an extensive overview of the historical development of musical theatre, from its origins in Greek Theatre to the postmodern revivals of the 21st century. Prerequisite THEA 101A or permission of instructor.

THEA 344D. Theatre History: Non-Western. 1 Unit.

Study of the development of non-Western theatre (Asia and Africa), focusing on developmental changes in the areas of performance, space, text, and audience. Prerequisite THEA 101A or permission of instructor.

THEA 372J. Sticking It to the Man: Theatre of Protest. 1 Unit.

A survey of theatrical literature and practice that focuses on its use as an agent of social, economic, or political discourse and change. Major geographic areas include Eastern Europe, Hispanic USA, Latin America, and Africa. Junior Seminar.

THEA 373D. The Plays of August Wilson. 1 Unit.

An intense study of the plays of August Wilson which chronicle the African-American experience over the course of the 20th century. Junior Seminar.

THEA 374E. Revenge Drama: The Ethics of Vengeance. 1 Unit.

This course offers an intense study of several revenge plays and musicals from three different historical periods: The Greek era, the Renaissance, and the 20th century.

THEA 375D. The Comedienne: Female Comics. 1 Unit.

This course offers and intense study of female comedians of the 20th century using theories of gender and performance. Junior Seminar.

THEA 376D. Native American Culture and Performance. 1 Unit.

This course examines the interactivity of Native American culture and performance based on studying performance by Indians and the performance of “Indianness” by Indians and non-Indians alike. This includes studying Native American actors and acting; films and plays by Indian and non-Indian authors seeking to define or redefine “Indianness”; public acts and speeches, and when possible, live performances. Junior Seminar.

THEA 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

THEA 390. Special Topics in Theatre. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Intensive study of selected topics related to theatre.

THEA 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Pass/Fail only. Students assist a faculty member with the teaching and management responsibilities related to one of the program’s existing courses. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated once.

THEA 397. Internship in Theatre Arts. 0.5 to 1 Units.

Through placement in an approved setting, students will have an opportunity to enrich their classroom knowledge with practical experience in the field of theatre arts. Typically, full unit internships require approximately 130 to 140 hours for the semester. Specific requirements will be presented by way of a contract signed by the students. Basic expectations include a journal, research paper, or appropriate work product, and a letter of evaluation from the site supervisor. Pre-requisites: permission of department head and instructor, major/ minor status, successful completion of at least two Theatre Arts courses. This course may be repeated for credit with permission of chair, but a maximum of one credit may be applied to the major or minor.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.

THEA 399. Junior Portfolio Review. 0.5 Units.

In this course, students will create and present a professional style portfolio highlighting their achievements in creative activity. In addition, students will offer a formal proposal for their Senior Research Project. Prerequisite: THEA 121, THEA 130A, and THEA 203, or permission of instructor.

THEA 402. Advanced Theatre Studio. 1 Unit.

This course provides an opportunity for advanced students of Directing and Design to collaborate on the fully supported and budgeted production of short plays presented as part of the regular theatre season. Based on contemporary theatre theory and practice, the course focuses on building collaborative art and the communication among practitioners that facilitate that process.

THEA 403. Advanced Directing. 1 Unit.

Advanced study of contemporary staging theory and practice. In addition to surveying contemporary directors and techniques, the student will direct a one-act play for public performance. Prerequisite: THEA 203, or permission of instructor.

THEA 408. Theories of the Theatre. 1 Unit.

A study of the major dramatic theories that have influenced Western drama and theatre from classical to modern times. Prerequisite THEA 101A or permission of instructor.

THEA 438. Acting Period Style. 1 Unit.

In-depth study and application of select acting techniques appropriate to the performance of Shakespeare, Restoration Drama, and other period texts. Prerequisite: THEA 130A or permission of instructor.

THEA 443. Theatre History: America. 1 Unit.

Study of the development of the theatre in America, focusing on developmental changes in the areas of performance, space, text, and audience. Prerequisite THEA 101A or permission of instructor.

THEA 444. Theatre History: Non-Western. 1 Unit.

Study of the development of non-Western theatre (Asia and Africa), focusing on developmental changes in the areas of performance, space, text, and audience. Prerequisite THEA 101A or permission of instructor.

THEA 446. Arts Management. 1 Unit.

Applied study of the organization and management of a nonprofit arts organization, to include organizational structures, budgeting, timetables, staffing, marketing/publicity, and general preproduction planning. Although focused on theatre production, the issues and techniques covered are applicable to art, music, and other artistic organizations.

THEA 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

THEA 490. Special Topics in Theatre. 1 Unit.

Intensive study of selected topics related to theatre.

THEA 498. Senior Seminar. 1 Unit.

This course is an intensive study of the research methodologies used in the discipline of theatre arts. Students will demonstrate an understanding of different research methods through written application. The course will culminate in the development of a research prospectus and companion paper. Offered every year in the fall semester.

THEA 499. Senior Project. 0.5 or 1 Units.

As a capstone course, students evaluate their major achievements in creative activity. The course culminates in the oral presentation of a professional theatre arts portfolio. Prerequisite: THEA 498.