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Degree Program

The theatre department at Washburn University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program and versatile, challenging productions. A concentration in musical theatre is available for the bachelor's degree, pending approval, and students majoring in other areas can get a minor in theatre.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre consists of forty (40) credit hours in theatre and nine (9) hours of correlate courses in English, in addition to the general educational requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Nineteen (19) hours in the major are taken at the upper division level.

The following courses are required for a major in theatre: TH 101 or 301 or 102, 103, 202, 211 or 311, 218, 303, 315, 316, 317 and 318, nine hours of theatre electives, and a one-hour capstone taken under TH 416. In the English department, EN 235, 236, 336 are required correlate hours.

  • *TH 101/301 or 102 Drama Classics or Intro to Theatre
  • TH103 Voice, Diction and Interpretation
  • *TH202 Acting 1
  • *TH 211/311 Stagecraft
  • *TH218 Acting Directing Workshop I
  • TH303 Acting III
  • *TH315 Set Production
  • *TH316 Costume production
  • *TH 317 Light and Sound production
  • *TH318 Acting Directing Workshop II
  • *TH416 Capstone (1)
  • Theatre Electives (9)

Correlate Courses in English:

  • *EN235 Survey of Drama I
  • *EN236 Survey of Drama II
  • *EN 336 Contemporary Drama

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Concentration in Musical Theatre (pending approval)

The musical theatre concentration prepares students for life as working artists in the theatre and further study in performance. You will develop skills in music, dance and acting. Practical training and creative experiences are coupled with an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum and a foundation in theatre history and theory. You must audition for admittance to the concentration. The audition will evaluate music, dance and acting skills. You are expected to participate in the theatre showcase each semester, as well as audition and perform as cast. You must pass a jury each year to remain in the concentration. 

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre with a Musical Theatre concentration consists of forty (40) credit hours in theatre, nine (9) credit hours of correlate courses in English, and fourteen (14) correlate credits in music, in addition to the general education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Nineteen (19) hours in the major are taken at the upper division level.

The following courses are required for a major in theatre with a musical theatre concentration: TH 101 or 301 or 102, 202, 105, 205, 210, 218, 305, 309,310, 318, 410, 416 and two from 211/311, 315, 316 or 317. In the English department, EN 235, 236, and 336 are required correlate courses. In the Music department, MU 109, MU 215, four semesters of ensembles and four semesters of voice lessons are required correlate courses.

  • *TH101/301 or TH102 Drama Classics or Intro to Theatre
  • *TH 202 Acting 1
  • *TH218 Acting and Directing Workshop I
  • *TH318 Acting and Directing Workshop II
  • *TH 211/311, 315, 316, 317   2 Tech production classes
  • TH105 Dance I
  • TH205 Dance II
  • TH305 Dance III
  • TH210 Musical Theatre Performance I
  • TH309 Musical Theatre History      
  • TH310 Musical Theatre Performance II
  • TH410 Musical Theatre Performance III
  • *TH416 Capstone

Correlate Music Courses:

  • MU215 Music Theory
  • Private Voice Lessons (4 semesters @1 cr/ea)
  • Music Ensembles (4@1cr/ea-in consultation with director)
  • MU109 Beginning Piano

Correlate English Courses:

  • *EN235 Survey of Drama 1
  • *EN236 Survey of Drama 2
  • *EN 336 Contemporary Drama

Minor in Theatre

A Minor in Theatre Studies consists of a minimum of eighteen hours in theatre approved in advance by a theatre faculty advisor. Courses must be chosen from all three areas: performance, design/technology, and history/literature, and will be filed with the department.

(Courses marked with * are part of the University’s General Education program. See Table of Contents for details.)

*TH 101 Drama Classics on Video (3)

An introductory theatre course which involves viewing performances and play reading. Production styles range from the Greeks to the American musical theatre. Students who enroll in or have completed TH 301 are ineligible to enroll in TH 101. (GEHU/GECPA - CCT)

*TH 102 Introduction to Theatre (3)

Current views of theatre in society; theatre as art and ritual and its relationship to other fine arts, the nature of the theatrical metaphor and the aesthetic evaluation by the audience. Career opportunities associated with the art: professional, educational, community, and amateur. (GEHU/GECPA - CCT)

*TH 103 Voice, Diction and Interpretation (3)

Training the speaking voice; study of vocal mechanism, breathing, projection, articulation, enunciation; practical application of speaking principles in oral interpretation reading; projects. (GEHU/GECPA - COM)

TH 105 Theatre Movement and Dance I (3) (Pending Approval)

Theatre Movement and Dance I is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of dance. Dance I is a beginner class. May be repeated for credit.

TH 199 Special Topics in Theatre (1-3)

Newly developed course material offered for variety and expansion of the course curriculum.

*TH 202 Acting I (3)

Movement, voice and improvisation exercises and activities. Introduction to basic acting principles and practice, developing focus and imagination. (GEHU/GECPA - COM)

TH 205 Theatre Movement and Dance II (pending approval)

Theatre Movement and Dance I is designed to further the development and understanding of the performers’ body and mind connection. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: TH105 or permission of the instructor

*TH 206 Survey of Drama I (Greek to Elizabethan) (3)

Play-reading in historical context. Study of elements of production, performance practice, and style which emerge representative of period. Periods: Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Elizabethan. Students who enroll in or have completed EN 235 are ineligible to enroll in TH 206. (GEHU/GECPA- CCT)

*TH 207 Survey of Drama II (Restoration to Modern) (3)

Play-reading in historical context. Study of elements of production, performance practice, and style which emerge representative of period. Periods: Restoration, French and Spanish Classicism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism. Students who enroll in or have completed EN 236 are ineligible to enroll in TH 207. (GEHU/GECPA - CCT)

TH 208 Principles of Playwriting (3)

Practical writing lab. Analysis of established texts leads students to creation and development of dramatic monologues, short and one-act plays. Class will culminate in public readings and/or staging of original work.

TH 210 Musical Theatre Performance I (3)

Performance class; students practice fundamental performance techniques for musical theatre repertoire; fundamental analysis of song forms and acting objectives for solo and scene work from selected styles. Singing, movement and public performance required. May be repeated for credit.

TH 211 Stagecraft (3)

Lecture and laboratory exploration of the concepts of stage drafting, construction and painting. Crew assignment will be required.

TH 218: Acting and Directing Workshop I (3)

Practical experiences in acting and directing from analysis and preparation to performance of scenes and monologues. Performance exercises. Group and Individual work. Focus: Realism: short scenes and monologue.

*TH 301 Drama Classics on Video (3)

See description for TH 101. Students complete the same course of study as TH 101. Additional essay exam or research paper is required. Students who enrolled in or have completed TH 101 are ineligible to enroll in TH 301. (GEHU/GECPA - CCT)

TH 303 Acting III (3)

Practical application of a method for text analysis and performance of Shakespeare and other presentational and verse forms through monologue and scene work. Prerequisite: TH 202 or consent.

TH305 Theatre Movement and Dance III (pending approval)

Theatre Movement and Dance III is designed to continue to develop dance skills and techniques.

Dance III includes jazz, modern, ballet and tap. May be repeated for credit. TH205 or permission of the instructor.

*TH 306/606 Contemporary Theatre (3)

Study of developments in playwriting, directing, and acting since WWII to the present with special emphasis on influences that have affected contemporary theatre and drama. Students who enroll in or have completed EN 336/636 are ineligible to enroll in TH 306/606. (GEHU/CPA- CCT)

TH 307/607 Non-Western Drama (3)

Detailed examination of the drama and theatre of selected non-Western theatrical forms. Special emphasis is placed upon the relationship of cultural elements to the theatrical event.

TH 308 Principles of Playwriting (3)

Practical writing lab. Analysis of established texts leads students to creation and development of dramatic monologues, short and one-act plays. Class will culminate in public readings and/or staging of original work.

TH 309 History of the American Musical (3) (Pending approval)

Examines major cultural, artistic, historical, economic and social influences surrounding the creation, performance and reception of the American musical. Prerequisites: TH101 or 102 or 301, or permission of the instructor.

TH 310 Musical Theatre Performance II (3)

Performance Class; students practice intermediate performance techniques for musical theatre repertoire; analysis of form, style, acting and movement for solo, scene and ensemble work from multiple styles.  Singing, movement and public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: TH210 or permission of the instructor.

TH 311 Stagecraft (3)

Lecture and laboratory exploration of the concepts of stage drafting, construction and painting. Crew assignment will be required.

TH 313 Introduction to Children’s Theatre (3)

Study of theatre production for children and youth. Investigation into the children’s theatre repertory with special emphasis on playwriting. Development of a philosophy of theatre for children and youth.

TH 314 Children’s Theatre Tour (3)

Touring to area schools as a performer or stage manager throughout a given semester. Preparation, rehearsal and performance of play chosen for a specific age group. Prerequisite: TH 202, TH 313 or consent.

TH 315 Set and Prop Construction (3)

Scenic and prop construction for the stage with emphasis on contemporary practices. Crew assignment will be required. Prerequisite: TH 102 or consent.

TH 316 Costume Construction (3)

Teaches students how to make costumes and costume accessories. Crew assignment will be required. Prerequisite: TH 102 or consent.

TH 317 Light and Sound Production (3)

Teaches students how to read a light plot, hang/focus lights, write cues and run a light board. Additionally, students will learn how to record and edit sound for theatre productions. Crew assignment will be required. Prerequisite: TH 102 or consent.

TH 318 Acting and Directing II (3)

Practical experiences in acting and directing. Advanced practice in preparation and performance of scenes and monologues. Performance exercises. Focus: Realism, Experimental and Contemporary Comedy scenes and monologues. Prerequisite: TH 218 Acting and Directing Workshop I or consent.

TH 359 Methods of Teaching Speech and Drama (3)

The study and application of teaching strategies for secondary education certification in speech. Prerequisites: Advisor approval and formal admission to teacher education.

TH 399 Special Topics in Theatre (1-3)

Newly developed course material offered for variety and expansion of the course curriculum.

TH 407 Drama Theory and Criticism (3)

Study of general principles of Western literary theory and the methods, aims, functions and characteristics of drama as an art form, derived from and/or illustrated by examples in criticism and reviewing.

TH 408 Advanced Playwriting (3)

Practical writing lab for the development of full-length texts. Advanced critique and rewriting techniques will be employed to assist in script development. Prerequisite: TH 208 or TH 308 or consent.

TH 410 Musical Theatre Performance (3)

Performance class: students practice advanced performance techniques for musical theatre repertoire; analysis of form, style, acting, movement for solo, scene and ensemble work from varied styles. Singing, movement and public performance required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: TH 310 or consent.

TH 415 Experimental Theatre (3)

Practical introduction and practice in performance theory, collective creation and conceptualization. Creation of theatre piece from existent or original sources.

TH 416 Independent Study (3)

Individual study with a faculty person to explore a theatre topic or project. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

TH 416 Theatre Capstone (1)

Majors must complete a faculty mentored project. Specifically developed projects or internships (1-3) in acting, directing, playwriting, design, public relations, and theatre management.

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