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Theatre Major

Programs in theatre support the liberal arts mission of Drury University by offering:

  1. Basic courses designed to develop appreciation and lead to increased understanding of theatre arts and their contribution to the cultural life,
  2. Courses that lead to a major or minor in theatre and provide opportunities for students from the general campus population to fulfill graduation requirements,
  3. Programs that prepare students for professional careers, graduate study or teaching,
  4. Curricular and co-curricular productions integrated with the course offerings to provide majors with creative laboratory experiences, all Drury students with participation opportunities, and the entire Drury community with opportunities to experience a wide variety of theatrical productions.

Theatre students are expected to pursue individual educational goals within the context of a broad liberal arts education. The department of theatre offers a major in theatre leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Within the general theatre major, students have options for selecting specific emphases in the field.

Students planning secondary teaching careers may pursue a major program leading to certification; this option may be combined with the pursuit of an additional teaching area.

The theatre major requires a minimum of 43 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

THTR 140: Acting I
3 credit hours

An introductory course to acting designed for majors and all students who wish to explore acting methodology. The course includes character development and expression. Practical exercises in both scripted and improvisational work will be stressed.

THTR 200: Theatre Practicum
1 credit hours

A practical course in theatrical production offering training in each of the production areas including scenic construction and painting, lighting, properties and costuming.

THTR 265: Stagecraft
3 credit hours

Students who register for this course also must take Theatre Practicum.
Designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of scenic construction and mechanics of stage lighting, the course will include studies in drafting, technical planning, basic shop tools and techniques, construction of scenery and stage electrical equipment and practices.

THTR 282: Acting II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  THTR 140. 
Designed to continue the actor training begun in Acting I, this course includes more advanced training in the skills of analysis and characterization. These skills will be developed through scene work in monologues and in scenes with other actors.s.

THTR 320: Play Direction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  THTR 140THTR 265. 
An introduction to direction theory and practice, including the function of the director, the production concept, textual analysis and techniques of directing. Students will direct a one-act play.

THTR 493: Senior Capstone Project
3 credit hours

Senior theatre majors must complete a capstone project.

Choose one course from the following (2 hrs.): 

THTR 177: Modern Dance
2 credit hours

Introduction to modern dance technique, styles and skills with an emphasis on body mechanics and creative movement. The course offers an exploration of spatial design and movement dynamics. Designed for students with little or no dance experience.

THTR 271: Ballet I
2 credit hours

Basic ballet technique in the recognized classical form. Includes barre exercises, port de bras and center floor work.

THTR 276: Tap I
2 credit hours

Beginning tap steps, terminology and rhythms. 

THTR 288: Jazz Dance
2 credit hours

Introduces movement, rhythms and technique of dance interpreted to various forms of jazz music.

Choose two courses from the following (6 hrs.):

THTR 361: Costume Design
3 credit hours

Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of designing costumes for the theatre, the study will include design concepts, fabric selection, script analysis, color theory and design conceptualization and costume rendering. Assignments include theoretical costume designs from selected plays.

THTR 365: Scene Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: THTR 265
Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of designing scenery for the theatre, the study includes design concepts, script analysis, color theory, design conceptualization, solving mechanical challenges of the script and theatre architecture scenic painting, perspective drawing, rendering and modeling. Assignments include theoretical scenic designs from selected plays.

THTR 366: Stage Lighting
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  THTR 265. 
Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of lighting design for the theatre, the course will include lighting equipment and control, script analysis, design methodologies, additive and subtractive color theory, lighting for dance, musicals and alternate theatre architectures. Assignments include theoretical lighting designs.

THTR 367: Sound Design
3 credit hours

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of sound design for the theatre. The course will include a study of sound equipment and control, script analysis, design methodologies, basic acoustics and the processing and completion of sound effects. The course will include both in?class discussions and demonstrations as well as practical exercises in the computer lab. Assignments will include theoretical as well as practical sound designs.

Choose three courses from the following (9 hrs.):

THTR 340: History of Theatre: Origins to Renaissance
3 credit hours

A study of the origins and development of western theatre from ancient civilizations through the Renaissance. Emphasis is placed on the development of dramatic forms through the reading of plays, the evolution of theatre architecture and production in the western theatre. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

THTR 343: History of Theatre: Realism to Contemporary
3 credit hours

A study of the development of western theatre from 1870 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the literature, architecture and development of production styles in modern theatre. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

THTR 349: History and Development of American Musical Theatre
3 credit hours

A study of the development of musical theatre in America from its roots in minstrels, burlesques and eighteenth and nineteenth century European forms through its variations of the twentieth century.

Choose one of the following elective courses (3 hrs.):

THTR 270: Stage Management
3 credit hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to the art and practice of stage management. The student will study the basic functions of the stage manager in the theatrical production phase.

THTR 354: Writing for Stage and Screen
3 credit hours

Students study play and film structure, character creation and the art of writing dialogue. Course responsibilities include the writing of two short plays and/or films.

THTR 361: Costume Design
3 credit hours

Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of designing costumes for the theatre, the study will include design concepts, fabric selection, script analysis, color theory and design conceptualization and costume rendering. Assignments include theoretical costume designs from selected plays.

THTR 365: Scene Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: THTR 265
Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of designing scenery for the theatre, the study includes design concepts, script analysis, color theory, design conceptualization, solving mechanical challenges of the script and theatre architecture scenic painting, perspective drawing, rendering and modeling. Assignments include theoretical scenic designs from selected plays.

THTR 366: Stage Lighting
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  THTR 265. 
Designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of lighting design for the theatre, the course will include lighting equipment and control, script analysis, design methodologies, additive and subtractive color theory, lighting for dance, musicals and alternate theatre architectures. Assignments include theoretical lighting designs.

THTR 367: Sound Design
3 credit hours

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the art and practice of sound design for the theatre. The course will include a study of sound equipment and control, script analysis, design methodologies, basic acoustics and the processing and completion of sound effects. The course will include both in?class discussions and demonstrations as well as practical exercises in the computer lab. Assignments will include theoretical as well as practical sound designs.

THTR 481: Acting III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  THTR 282. 
An advanced course in acting designed to increase the student’s skills in character development and work within dramatic scenes. Coursework will include scene and monologue work in a variety of theatre genres and performance styles.

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.