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Theatre

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Faculty

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Chair

Alan Kreizenbeck

Associate Professors

Alan Kreizenbeck
Wendy Salkind
Colette Searls
Lynn Watson
Elena Zlotescu

Assistant Professors

Eve Muson

Lecturers

Shelley Steffens Joyce
Susan McCully
Greggory Schraven
Michaeil Stebbins

Associate Staff

Terry Cobb

Emeritus

William T. Brown

Courses in this program are listed under THTR.

UMBC’s Theatre Program emphasizes the integration of research and performance. The department provides students a liberal arts education through the study of theatre. The curriculum offers students an in-depth understanding of their chosen theatrical specialty and an equally expansive knowledge of dramatic history, theory and literature. Students come to appreciate dramatic works for their historical and social values, as well as for their artistry. Students may choose to major or minor in theatre, with an emphasis in acting/ performance or in design/ production, which focuses on scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, or stage4 management. All theatre students are required to take core courses that serve as an intellectual and practical foundation for the more advanced, specialized classes in the department. The synthesis of all aspects of theatre study is through the conceptualization, rehearsal, construction, and performance of the dramatic text. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to display their understanding of their course work through participation in main stage, laboratory and student- directed productions.

B.F.A in Acting

All acting majors take the same theatre courses during their first year of study. During the second semester, theatre faculty will review actors and make recommendations for acceptance into the B.F.A. in Acting Program. B.F.A. in Acting majors must fulfill required studio/performance courses with a grade of “B” or better. Other non-performance courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the B.F.A. major requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

These students must complete the following requirements:
  • THTR 100 Introduction to Theatre Scenography [3]
  • THTR 104 Introduction to Costume [3]
  • THTR 202 Introduction to Dramatic Literature [3]
  • THTR 220 Craft of Acting I [4]
  • THTR 221 Craft of Acting II [4]
  • THTR 222 Vocal Training for the Actor I [3]
  • THTR 223 Vocal Training for the Actor II [3]

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  • THTR 229 Movement for the Actor [3]
  • THTR 234 Makeup for the Stage [2]
  • THTR 239 Movement II -Alexander Technique [3]
  • THTR 244 Script Analysis [3]
  • THTR 250 Introduction to Production Techniques [3]
  • THTR 310 History of Theatre I [3]
  • THTR 311 History of Theatre II [3]
  • THTR 324 Craft of Acting III [4]
  • THTR 325 Vocal Training for the Actor III [3]
  • THTR 329 Movement for the Actor III [3]
  • THTR 345 Auditioning and the Business of Acting [3]

  • THTR 410 Modern Theatre I – Social Protest [3]
    OR
    THTR 411 Modern Theatre II – The Interior World [3]

  • THTR 421 Acting Shakespeare [3]
  • THTR 460 Senior Capstone [3]

Recommended theatre electives For BFA students:

  • THTR 347 Character and Scene Study [4]
  • THTR 349 Women and Theatre [3]
  • THTR 390 Theatre in Production [3-5]
  • THTR 490 Production Workshop [3-6]

TOTAL CREDITS: 63




B.A. Programs

All students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre must complete the department’s core requirements as well as the requirements for a concentration in acting, design/ theatre production or for a secondary education certificate. All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the B.A. major requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Core Requirements

  • THTR 100 Introduction to Theatre Scenography [3]
  • THTR 104 Introduction to Costume [3]
  • THTR 202 Introduction to Dramatic Literature [3]
  • THTR 244 Script Analysis [3]
  • THTR 250 Introduction to Production Techniques [3]
  • THTR 310 History of Theatre I [3]
  • THTR 311 History of Theatre II [3]
  • THTR 410 Modern Theatre I – Social Protest [3]
  • THTR 411 Modern Theatre II – The Interior World [3]
  • THTR 460 Senior Capstone [3]

Core Credits: 28

Note: Stage management of departmental productions may be selected as a substitute for THTR 250 at the discretion of the faculty.

Concentration in Acting Emphasis

Students wishing to pursue the B.A. in Acting degree must complete the following additional requirements:

  • THTR 220 Craft of Acting I [4]
  • THTR 221 Craft of Acting II [4]
  • THTR 222 Vocal Training for the Actor I [3]
  • THTR 223 Vocal Training for the Actor II [3]
  • THTR 229 Movement for the Actor [3]
  • THTR 234 Makeup for the Stage [2]
  • THTR 239 Movement II Alexander Technique[3]


Credits: 22

TOTAL CREDITS: 50

Acting majors in the B.A. program may be permitted to enter upper-level performance classes with the permission of the course instructor. They are encouraged to work closely with their theatre advisor to select appropriate electives.

All theatre majors with a concentration in acting must audition for departmental productions and, if selected, participate in them. All students so selected, whether majors or non-majors, must register under the appropriate production course number. Permission of the instructor is required.


Concentration in Design and Theatre Production

Five areas of design/theatre production are offered:

  • Stage management
  • Scenery
  • Costuming
  • Lighting
  • Sound


These majors have numerous opportunities to work as design assistants and (with recommendations) designers on faculty-directed productions. Other opportunities include work as a stage manager, master carpenter, master electrician, props master, draper, craftsperson and stitcher. Students wishing to pursue the B.A. degree with a concentration in design and theatre production must complete the following additional requirements:

  • THTR 110 Introduction to Acting [3]
  • THTR 230 Drawing for the Theatre [3]
  • THTR 231 Drafting for the Theatre: Hand and CAD [3]
  • THTR 234 Makeup for the Stage [2]
  • Three 200-level design courses [9]
  • One 300-level design course [3]

Theatre majors with a theatre production emphasis are strongly advised to consult with their advisor regarding the order in which courses should be taken.

Note: Laboratory assignments on all department productions will be required of all design majors. See the department technical director.

CREDITS: 23

TOTAL CREDITS: 51

B.A. Concentration in Design/Theatre Production ELECTIVES:

The theatre department places great emphasis upon the selection of electives outside and within the department. These courses must be chosen in consultation with an advisor.

All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the B.A. major requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

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B.A. in Theatre and a Secondary Education Certificate

The Department of Theatre offers a program for theatre majors who wish to become certified to teach theatre in secondary education. This program has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Students are required to complete selected core theatre requirements and a minor in English literature offered through the UMBC English Department. In addition, students must be admitted to and complete UMBC’s Secondary Education Program. Upon successful completion of this program, students are recommended for certification in the State of Maryland.

Required Theatre Courses (38 credits)

  • THTR 100 Introduction to Scenography [3]
  • THTR 104 Introduction to Costume [3]
  • THTR 202 Introduction to Dramatic Literature [3]
  • THTR 220 Craft of Acting I [4]
  • THTR 221 Craft of Acting II [4]
  • THTR 223 Vocal Training I [3]
  • THTR 244 Script Analysis [3]
  • THTR 250 Introduction to Production Techniques [3]
  • THTR 350 Directing [3]
  • THTR 310 History of Theatre I [3]
    OR THTR 311 History of Theatre II [3]
  • THTR 350 Directing [3]

Theatre education students are also required to fulfill the equivalent of one six-credit theatre production course where they serve as either assistant director or as stage manager. They have the option of fulfilling this course with a theatre production at UMBC or in a practicum course with a selected high school theatre educator. The practicum selection will need to be approved and planned with the student’s theatre advisor.

To fulfill the six credits, select one of the following courses:

  • THTR 390 Theatre in Production
    OR THTR 490 Production Workshop
    OR THTR 370 Theatre Practicum [6]

  • The UMBC English minor in literature (18 credits)
  • ENGL 250 Introduction to Shakespeare [3]
  • ENGL 301 Analysis of Literary Language [3]

Additional 12 credits, three of which must be in literature courses and six of which must be upper-level.


Special Opportunities

The theatre department has been an active participant inthe American College Theatre Festival. UMBC productionsare judged and have been selected to be performed atthe regional festivals and at the national festival at theKennedy Center in Washington D.C. The regionals allowstudent cast and crew members to attend workshops,to interact with students from other universities andto participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.Theatre students also become involved in a range of activitieson and off campus. They may create a theatre piecewith a faculty director and tour high schools. They maygive workshops to area school children. They may performprojects in political theatre. How much is done depends upon the creativity andinnovation of the students.

Internships

During summers and following graduation, manytheatre majors participatein full-time internships atprofessional theatres in theBaltimore/Washington area.

Scholarships

There are a number of merit-basedscholarship awardsavailable to theatre studentson entrance to the programand during matriculation.Linehan Artist ScholarsThe Linehan Artist ScholarsProgram is for incoming freshmanwho show high artisticand intellectual ability andwho seek to develop theircreative talents in thecontext of a strong liberalarts education.In addition to filling out anapplication for admission, aseparate application for thisscholarship program mustbe submitted to the scholarshipoffice by a deadline inJanuary. Candidates mayrequest this application fromthe scholarship office ordownload it from the UMBCWeb site, www.umbc.edu.Fine Arts ScholarshipThis award is offered totalented incoming freshmenand transfer students intendingto major in theatre. Afteracceptance to the university,candidates should audition orhave their portfolio reviewedby theatre department faculty.

Theatre Department Scholarships

Any theatre major who hasparticipated in the programfor a minimum of two semestersmay apply for this award.Applications are reviewedby the theatre faculty, atwhich time the student’sparticipation in classes andin other department activitiesis evaluated. Scholarshipsare applied to tuition forone semester and may beawarded no more than twiceto any individual student.

Anderson/Fitzsimmons Theatre Scholarship

Small scholarships are available to all theatre majors.