Theatre Arts

Department Website: theatre.sewanee.edu/

Professor D. Landon

Professor P. Smith, Chair

Professor Backlund

Professor Matthews

Visiting Assistant Professor Cook

Visiting Assistant Professor World

Visiting Assistant Professor Bush

Major in theatre arts: The major in theatre arts is designed to offer the student a strong foundation in all areas of the theatre: acting, directing, design, history, literature, and theory. The department expects its majors to augment their knowledge and experience in these disciplines by active participation in the full production program of Theatre Sewanee, the University theatre. The department also encourages its majors to supplement their work in theatre arts with courses offered by other departments — particularly in language, literature, music, art, and art history.

Students working toward the Bachelor of Arts in theatre are expected to fulfill the following requirements.

1.  Completion of a minimum (44) semester hours in theatre arts, including:
    Thtr 111:  Elements of Production (4)
    Thtr 112:  Elements of Performance (4)
    Thtr 114:  Elements of Design (4)
    Thtr 221:  Theatre History (4)
    Thtr 231:  The Actor's Way (4)
    and either Thtr 342:  Scene Design (4), Thtr 344:  Lighting Design (4), or
    Thtr 361:  Costume Design
    
20 additional hours in theatre from studio offerings in major interest areas (20)
    A. Performance
    B. Design/Production
    C. Performance Studies

2. The completion of six Theatre Practicums, one in each studio area, plus three additional. The practicum is intended to link the production program more closely to the academic program. Each major must complete six practicums in order to participate in the comprehensive exam. One practicum must be completed from each Studio area, and the other three are left to individual choice.

3. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination that includes a Senior Project that demonstrates a particular competence in acting, directing, design, history, playwriting, literature or theory, and a written examination that covers all aspects of theatre arts.

Minor in Theatre Arts: A student choosing to minor in theatre arts may do so as early as the fourth, but not later than the end of the seventh semester. The student must have maintained at least a "C" (2.00) average in departmental courses already taken.

Students working toward the minor in theatre are expected to fulfill the following requirements.

1. Completion of a minimum of 20 hours in theatre arts, including:

Two courses from:
Thtr 111: Elements of Production (4)
Thtr 112: Elements of Performance (4)
Thtr 114: Elements of Design (4)
Twelve additional credit hours in theatre courses chosen by the student. (12)

Honors: The student desiring a more intense concentration in theatre may become a candidate for departmental honors. The successful candidate completes with distinction eleven (forty-four semester hours) courses in theatre arts and all other related courses; passes the comprehensive examination with distinction; and demonstrates a particular competence in acting, directing, design, history, playwriting, literature or theory and criticism.