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Undergraduate Catalog 2013

Theatre

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Chair

Nyalls Hartman

Professor

Wendy Salkind

Associate Professors

Nyalls Hartman
Alan Kreizenbeck
Colette Searls
Lynn Watson
Elena Zlotescu

Assistant Professors

Eve Muson

Lecturers

Adam Mendelson
Greggory Schraven

Emeritus

William T. Brown
Xerxes Mehta

Senior Lecturer

Shelley Steffens Joyce
Susan McCully

Staff

Cristian Bell
Kristina Huie

Emeritus Associate Staff

Terry Cobb

Courses in this program are listed under THTR .

UMBC’s innovative 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.

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 apply their understanding of their course work through hands-on participation in main stage, laboratory, and student-directed or student-designed productions.

Options of Study

The Department of Theatre offers three major degree options. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Studies is designed for theatre majors interested in multiple areas of theatre practice. Those pursuing the BA in Theatre Studies produce traditional theatre and devise new works by serving as directors, dramaturges, designers, performers and playwrights in an ensemble-based training.  The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Design & Production is offered to theatre majors who focus on one or more of the following technical areas: set design, set construction, lighting design, sound design, costume design, costume construction, and stage management.  The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting is designed for theatre majors who are interested in an intensive performance-focused program.  All three major degree options are designed to position the student for successful pursuit of graduate study and/or careers in professional theatre. 

Students interested in theatre study along with another academic discipline pursuit may choose a second major in conjunction with the BA in Theatre Studies degree or may select a Theatre Studies Minor.

Career and Academic Paths

Graduates of the program are regularly admitted to the Nation’s top conservatories and graduate programs. Alumni also are working in every aspect of professional theatre, film, and television. Professional theatre is only one of the areas in which graduates distinguish themselves. Many graduates use the strong liberal arts background, interpersonal, and organizational skills gained in the theatre curriculum to go on to successful careers in business, government, law education (at all levels), and human services.

Academic Advising

Upon entering the theatre program, each student is assigned a theatre faculty advisor. The faculty advisor meets with the student during the semester to provide guidance about theatre and university curricula and course scheduling, and is available for informal conversations about the student’s experiences, concerns, and progress.  Transfer students who plan to be majors must confer with a Department advisor before enrolling in any theatre courses.

Major Programs

BA in Theatre Studies: 49 Credits

All students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Studies must complete the following Department requirements for a concentration in Theatre Studies. All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the B.A. in Theatre Studies major requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Requirements:

  • THTR 100 Introduction to Theatre Scenography [3]
  • THTR 104 Introduction to Costume  [3]
  • THTR 120 Introduction to Theatre: Theory and Production [3]
  • THTR 202 Introduction to Dramatic Literature [3]
  • THTR 220 Craft of Acting  [3]
      or THTR 110 Introduction to Acting [3]
  • One of the Following [3]

      THTR 232 Scene Design

      THTR 233 Costume Design

      THTR 235 Lighting Design

  • THTR 241 Ensemble I [3]
  • THTR 244 Script Analysis [3]
  • THTR 261 Theatre Production: Running Crew [1]
  • THTR 262 Theatre Production: Lighting & Sound [1]
  • THTR 263 Theatre Production: Costumes [1]
  • THTR 264 Theatre Production: Scenery [1]
  • THTR 310 History of Theatre [3]
  • THTR 341 Ensemble II [3]
  • One of the Following  [3]
      THTR 350 Directing I
      THTR 353 Stage Management
      THTR 371 Playwriting

  • One of the Following [3]
      THTR 349 Gender, Sex & Theatre Performance
      THTR 410 Contemporary Political Theatre
      THTR 470 Drama Seminar

  • THTR 411 Modern Theatre: History and Practice [3]
  • THTR 460 Senior Capstone [3]

As part of their final four semesters, all students in the BA with a Concentration in Theatre Studies program must complete two semesters of production or performance coursework. These may be fulfilled with any of the following:

  • THTR 339 Advanced Production Techniques
  • THTR 370 Theatre Practicum
  • THTR 390 Theatre in Production
  • THTR 400 Theatre Studies
  • THTR 490 Production Workshop

Additionally, all students in the BA in Theatre Studies program can take elective coursework from the Department’s extensive course offerings.

BA in Design and Production: 54 Credits

All students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Design and Production must complete the following Department requirements for a concentration in Design & Production. All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the B.A. in Design & Production major requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Requirements:

  • THTR 100 Introduction to Theatre Scenography [3]
  • THTR 104 Introduction to Costume  [3]
  • THTR 110 Introduction to Acting [3]
      or THTR 220 Craft of Acting [3]
  • THTR 120 Introduction to Theatre: Theory and Production [3]
  • THTR 202 Introduction to Dramatic Literature [3]
  • THTR 231 Drafting for the Theatre [3]
  • Two of the Following [6]
      THTR 232 Scene Design
      THTR 233 Costume Design
      THTR 235 Lighting Design I
  • One of the Following [2/3]
      THTR 234 Make-up for the Stage
      THTR 237 Sound Design
  • THTR 241 Ensemble I [3]
  • THTR 244 Script Analysis [3]
  • THTR 261 Theatre Production: Running Crew [1]
  • THTR 262 Theatre Production: Lighting & Sound [1]
  • THTR 263 Theatre Production: Costumes [1]
  • THTR 264 Theatre Production: Scenery [1]
  • THTR 310 History of Theatre [3]
  • One of the Following [3]
      THTR 332 Advanced Scene and Costume Design
      THTR 335 Advanced Lighting Design

  • THTR 353 Stage Management [3]
  • THTR 411 Modern Theatre: History and Practice [3]
  • THTR 460 Senior Capstone [3]

As part of their final four semesters, all students in the BA with a Concentration in Design and Production program must complete three semesters of production or performance coursework.  These may be fulfilled with any of the following:

  • THTR 339 Advanced Production Techniques
  • THTR 370 Theatre Practicum
  • THTR 390 Theatre in Production
  • THTR 400 Theatre Studies
  • THTR 490 Production Workshop

Additionally, all students in the BA in Design & Production program can take elective coursework from the Department’s extensive course offerings.

BFA in Acting: 69 Credits

All students seeking a BFA in Acting enter into the program as BA in Theatre Studies majors and enroll in the Department’s first year core courses, including studio acting classes.  Students interested in the BFA in Acting program declare their intent to pursue study as a BFA in Acting major and apply for the program prior to the close of their first year of theatre study.  The faculty carefully assess the student’s studio coursework as to their potential for growth and success in continued intensive BFA training before inviting them into the BFA in Acting program.  BFA 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 BFA in Acting major requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Requirements:

  • THTR 100 Introduction to Theatre Scenography [3]
  • THTR 104 Introduction to Costume [3]
  • THTR 120 Introduction to Theatre: Theory and Production [3]
  • THTR 202 Introduction to Dramatic Literature [3]
  • THTR 220 Craft of Acting I [3]
  • THTR 221 Craft of Acting II [3]
  • 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 Make-up for the Stage [2]
  • THTR 239 Movement for the Actor II [3]
  • THTR 244 Script Analysis [3]
  • THTR 261 Theatre Production: Running Crew [1]
  • Two of the Following:
      THTR 262 Theatre Production: Lighting & Sound [1]
      THTR 263 Theatre Production: Costumes [1]
      THTR 264 Theatre Production: Scenery [1]

  • THTR 310 History of Theatre [3]
  • THTR 324 Craft of Acting III [3]
  • 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 347 Character and Scene Study [3]
  • THTR 411 Modern Theatre: History and Practice [3]
  • One of the Following:
      THTR 420 Styles of Acting [3]
      THTR 421 Acting Shakespeare [3]
  • THTR 460 Senior Capstone [3]

As part of their final four semesters, all students in the BFA in Acting program must complete four semesters of production or performance coursework.  These may be fulfilled with any of the following:

  • THTR 339 Advanced Production Techniques
  • THTR 370 Theatre Practicum
  • THTR 390 Theatre in Production
  • THTR 400 Theatre Studies
  • THTR 490 Production Workshop

Additionally, all students in the BFA in Acting program can take elective coursework from the Department’s extensive course offerings.

Theatre Studies Minor Program: 21 Credits

All students seeking a Theatre Studies Minor must complete the following Department requirements for a minor concentration in Theatre Studies.  All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the Theatre Studies Minor requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Requirements:

  • THTR 100 Introduction to Scenography [3]
      or THTR 104 Introduction to Costume [3]
  • THTR 110 Introduction to Acting [3]
  • THTR 202 Introduction to Dramatic Literature [3]
  • THTR 310 History of the Theatre [3]
  • Three additional lower- or upper-level theatre courses [9]

Special Opportunities

The theatre department has been an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. UMBC productions have received numerous Awards for Excellence in Theatre Production and have been selected to be performed at the regional festivals and at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The regional festival allows student cast and crew members to attend workshops to interact with students from other universities and to participate in competitions in acting, all facets of design, stage management and dramaturgy. Theatre students also become involved in a range of activities on and off campus. Students can participate in TheatreCOM, the Department’s student organization, and/or Music Theatre Club, both of which produce theatrical productions each year.  Students have toured productions to local high schools, lead workshops for area school children and performed projects in political theatre.  How much is done depends upon the students' creativity and innovation.

Internships & Study Abroad

Students have the opportunity to undertake Internships as part of their study, during summers, and following graduation at professional theatres in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.  Students interested in Study Abroad should meet with their faculty advisors in advance of their study to properly plan for their time abroad.  The Department recommends that students interested in Study Abroad plan to do so during the Fall semester of their Junior Year. 

Scholarships

There are a number of merit-based scholarship awards available to theatre students entering the department and during matriculation. The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is for incoming freshmen who show high artistic and intellectual ability and who seek to develop their creative talents in the context of a strong liberal arts education. The Fine Arts Scholarship is offered to talented incoming freshmen intending to major in theatre.  Additional Theatre Department Scholarships are available to all Theatre majors who have participated in the program for a minimum of two semesters. Students interested in scholarship opportunities can find out more information from the Department’s website at www.umbc.edu/theatre.