The USAO Theatre Arts program is an interdisciplinary program that requires each student to complete a foundation of Core Courses (27 credit hours) in dramatic literature, theatre history, performance study, and technical theatre practice.
Students are encouraged to explore contemporary applications of theatre arts training and must develop an Emphasis (minimum of 21 credit hours) by collaboration with their academic advisor. Courses for the Emphasis must be approved by the academic advisor and may include program electives and/or courses from other programs.
The interdisciplinary liberal arts environment at USAO facilitates a unique opportunity for a student to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts that is tailored to their interests and career goals and limited only by their creativity.
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
Required Courses (27 hours)
Course Title Hours Required
DRAM 1010 Audition and Audience (to be taken each trimester) 0
DRAM 1800 Theatre Lab (minimum of 3 productions) 3
DRAM 1103 Introduction to the Theatre 3
DRAM 1303 Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3
DRAM 1403 Stagecraft 3
DRAM 1203 Costume Craft 3
DRAM 2113 Acting 3
DRAM 2303 Playwriting 3
DRAM 3203 Development of the Theatre I 3
DRAM 3213 Development of the Theatre II 3
DRAM 4993 Seminar in Dramatic Literature 3
Students must also complete 21 hours of elective coursework (with a minimum of 18 hours of upper-level courses).
Students wishing to minor in Theatre Arts must complete 18 credit hours of approved courses. The program advisor must approve substitutions for the following requirements:
Theatre Arts Minor Requirements (18 hours)
DRAM 1010 Audition and Audience (to be taken each trimester)
DRAM 1801 Theatre Lab (must have a total of at least 3 hours)
DRAM 1103 Introduction to the Theatre
DRAM 1303 Introduction to Dramatic Literature
DRAM 1403 Stagecraft
or DRAM 1203 Costume Craft
DRAM 2113 Acting
or DRAM 2303 Playwriting
and one additional approved Upper-Level THTR elective.
COURSE LISTINGS in THEATRE ARTS (THTR)
1010 AUDITION AND AUDIENCE
A non-credit course required of all students pursuing the program major or minor during each trimester enrolled. Students must attend all auditions and all productions of the program and must participate in seminars and discussions as scheduled. Pass/Fail. 0 hours.
1103 INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE
A basic survey of the arts and crafts of the theatre. Included will be lecture and discussion of acting, directing, stagecraft, scene design, lighting, costuming, aesthetics, theatre careers, and the basic forms, styles, and types of drama. 3 hours.
1303 INTRODUCTION TO DRAMATIC LITERATURE
A survey of the dramatic literature from Ancient Greece to the present. Lecture and discussion of assigned plays representative of the major types, styles, and historical periods of dramatic literature. 3 hours.
1113 INTRODUCTION TO FILM
A broad survey of the development of the cinema and the genres of narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental film. The student will develop an appreciation for the art of the filmmaker and learn the vocabulary appropriate to an intelligent critique of classic and contemporary film. 3 hours.
1121 INTRODUCTION TO DANCE
An introduction to the practice of dance as artistic expression. Topics include: the development of dance, dance terminology, development of body awareness, introduction of warm-up techniques, introduction to varying dance styles, and the application of skills to practice a basic movement vocabulary. 1 hour.
The basics of scenery construction, planning, and handling; working with tools; painting techniques; forms and styles of scenery; architectural trim; and the functions and relationships of scenery to the theatrical production. 3 hours.
1203 COSTUME CRAFT
An introduction to the knowledge and skills appropriate for a costume technician, with an emphasis on hand and machine stitching and pattern development. 3 hours.
1800 THEATRE LAB
Laboratory work on theatrical productions in performance, technical theatre, or administrative assignments. 1-3 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 6 hours credit toward the major.)
2103 ORAL INTERPRETATION AND READER’S THEATRE
The study of literature through the medium of oral performance, designed to develop interpretive skills (voice, facial expression, gesture) in order to communicate the student’s intellectual and emotional perceptions of literary material. This course also serves as an introduction to reader’s theatre, a communal medium wherein two or more interpreters communicate directly to an audience. 3 hours.
An introduction to the art and craft of the playwright including the analysis and discussion of dramatic literature and the practice of exercises to introduce techniques of script writing. 3 hours.
Application of the basic principles of acting and the development of basic acting techniques. Training through lectures, class improvisations, scene work, and play analysis. 3 hours.
2213 ADVANCED ACTING
Advanced performance training in realistic acting exploring the techniques of Stanislavski, Chekhov, Strasberg, and Meisner. 3 hours. Pre-requisite: DRAM 2113.
2880 SPECIAL TOPICS
Special topics in the area of drama. 1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 6 hours).
A guided study in drama under faculty supervision. Topics and methods of instruction may vary. 1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 6 hours of credit with a change in topic and enrollment).
An independent study in drama under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 9 hours with a change in title and content).
3203 DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEATRE I
A study of the growth and development of western theatre from its beginnings to the year 1700 with consideration of the changes in dramatic literature, the physical theater, staging practices, and the social significance of the theatre. 3 hours.
3213 DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEATRE II
A continued study of the growth and development of western theatre from the year 1700 to the present with consideration of the changes in dramatic literature, the physical theater, staging practices, and the social significance of the theatre. 3 hours. Pre-requisite: DRAM 3203.
3313 ACTING III
An advanced study of performance techniques through scene work with varying styles of plays and the discussion and practice of diverse approaches to the craft of the actor. 3 hours (may be repeated for a total of 9 hours with changes to title and content). Pre-requisite: DRAM 2213.
3423 PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN
An introduction to the theatrical design process through a study of the principles inherent in the various visual arts and the translation of text to live production. Included is an introduction to script analysis from the perspective of the designer and a general introduction to the history of architecture and/or dress, décor, and theatrical practices. Areas of emphasis will vary: Scenery, Costumes, Make-up, Lighting, Sound, and Multimedia. 3 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 9 hours credit toward the major.)
Pre-requisite: ART 1112 and ART 1122
Exploration of the rise of the director as a central creative force in contemporary theatre, plus direct and practical experience in the art and craft of directing. 3 hours. Prerequisite: DRAM 2113.
3563 RENDERING FOR THEATRE DESIGN
An introduction to the fundamentals of visual communication for the theatre design student. This course introduces approaches to design presentation and offers instruction in the techniques and skills appropriate to working with the varied media options. 3 hours.
4003 DIRECTING II
An advanced study of directing techniques offering the student the opportunity to direct a short play for presentation to the public. 3 hours. Pre-requisite: DRAM 3553.
4103 THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
A study of the nature of the American musical designed primarily for the music-theatre specialist; includes the evolution of the American musical, the principal works written for the musical theatre, and a familiarization with the unique musical and dramatic techniques involved in staging a work in this medium. 3 hours.
4383 SPECIAL TOPICS IN TECHNICAL THEATRE
Advanced study and practice in Design, Scene Painting, Carpentry, Electrics, Costuming, and/or other topics within the scope of technical theatre. 3 hours (may be repeated for a total of 12 hours with change in title and content).
4453 SEMINAR IN MUSIC-THEATRE REPERTORY
Selected areas of American and foreign music-theatre, including operettas, operas, film musicals, traditional musical comedies, plus current Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End musical productions. Areas of concentration will vary. 3 hours (may be repeated for a total of 6 hours with change in title and content).
4493 SEMINAR IN DRAMATIC LITERATURE
An exploration of the masterworks of dramatic literature. Course content will vary by period, form, and style. 3 hours (may be repeated for a total of 12 hours with change in title and content). Pre-requisites: DRAM 1303 or IDS 1113 and IDS 1213
4510 INTERNSHIP IN THEATRE ARTS
A practicum in professional theatre. The student must work in a “real-world” setting approved by their academic advisor. A professional mentor should supervise the student on-site. Pre-requisite: 61 hours completed, minimum major GPA of 3.0, and approval of advisor. 0-6 hours (may be repeated concurrently or consecutively with a change of content).
4880 SPECIAL TOPICS
Special topics in the area of drama. 1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 6 hours).
Principles of administering professional and nonprofessional theatre production; organizational as well as creative talent and technical areas; advanced technical supervision and production design. 1-6 hours.
An independent study in drama and/or technical theatre under faculty supervision.
1-4 hours. (May be repeated for a total of 9 hours with a change in title and content).