Theatre Arts

Frank Herbert, Chair
herbert@wcsu.edu
Berkshire Hall 135, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8253
(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Carolyn Fensterer, Department Secretary
fenstererc@wcsu.edu
Berkshire Hall 120b, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8250
(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Faculty

F. Herbert, Chr. S. Trapani, Assoc. Chr.  
E. Popiel P. McDaniel  

Adjunct Faculty

R. Ercole V. Matthews D. Smith-Croll
J. Turey B. Walton  

Overview

The Department of Theatre Arts provides a strong theoretical and practical approach to the study of the art and craft of theatre. Students who major in theatre arts prepare for graduate studies and/or careers directly related to performance, design/technology, management and dramaturgy. Students also combine theatre studies with other majors and/or minors such as music, art and media, to enhance work opportunities within the entertainment industry.

In addition to its academic functions, the department serves the campus and community by offering diverse theatrical performances including, musicals, traditional plays, and plays for children. Connections to the greater theatre community are promoted through sponsorship of professional training workshops and performances of guest artists.

Our proximity to New York City (one hour to mid-town Manhattan) gives us an opportunity to make excellent use of its vast resources. The theatre faculty maintains close ties with professional organizations, activities and research facilities within the area and opportunities are regularly planned to introduce students to the professional environment.

Mission

The theatre department keeps consistent with the University's mission to serve as an accessible and responsive intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. The theatre department provides a thorough, modern education in the theory, skills and technology of theatre production and performance that is tailored to the individual student's background and career objectives.

Objectives

To accomplish this mission the Department of Theatre Arts:

  • Offers its students the highest quality undergraduate programs in performance, theory, theatre technology and design by professors that have worked professionally in their field and maintain high academic credentials in their respective areas.
  • Emphasizes performance and production techniques, dramatic theory, writing and theatre management throughout the undergraduate curriculum to develop students' ability to understand and deliver appropriate performance and theoretical concepts and to apply and utilize these techniques in a professional setting.
  • Provides studio and theatrical experiences using public and classroom productions to entertain live audiences. Our season each year consists of two main stage productions, two large-scale children's musicals, studio productions, and a variety of workshops and readings which promote further interest in the University and its programs.
  • Organizes a residency of our students in New York for a week to perform off-Broadway, take workshops, visit network television and theatrical venues and meet theatre professionals.
  • Organizes a bi-annual trip to perform at Edinburgh International Theatre Festival in Scotland.
  • Provides a personalized learning environment for students through faculty mentored undergraduate research/creative projects and internships.
  • Prepares students for graduate education in any area of the theatre arts and education.
  • Assists students in discerning appropriate careers through diligent advising.
  • Provides students with connections and references to professional organizations (such as USITT), internship programs and job placement opportunities.
  • Arranges for New York theatre professionals to travel to our campus to conduct workshops in all aspects of theatre training.
  • Provides and fosters the growth and development of faculty by encouraging research, attendance at professional meetings, publication and presentation of scholarly work and creative performance.
  • Collaborates with organizations and institutions in all areas of the entertainment industry within the tri-state area to support professional growth of faculty as well as internship opportunities for students.
  • Expresses its strong commitment to the community by collaborating with regional elementary, junior and senior high school educators to further our programs in Children's Theatre.

Degree Programs in Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

Minor Program

Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (B.A.)

Requirements:

Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below by option and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including foreign language and physical education.

Student Standing

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0, with 2.5 in courses used to satisfy major requirements. Courses with grades lower than "C " will not be accepted as meeting the requirements for the major.

Required Courses

THR 150 Performance Techniques: Voice and Movement
THR 181 Acting I: An Introduction
THR 182 Technical Theatre
THR 202 Technical Theatre II
THR/ENG 205 or 206 Literature for the Stage, or ENG 107 Intro. to Drama, or ENG 307 or ENG 308 Shakespeare, or THR /ENG 244 Playwriting
THR 279 History of the Theatre
THR 282 Directing I
THR 284 Costume & Makeup
THR 289 Children's Theatre
THR 300 Speech Activity
THR 381 Acting II: Advanced Acting
THR 387 Production & Performance Lab
THR 388 Acting III: Period Style
THR 490 Senior Portfolio-Theatre Arts

Minor in Theatre

Eighteen (18) semester hours in theatre which must include at least 12 semester hours above the 100 level. Emphasis must be on theatre arts.


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