J.D. Ackman, Program Coordinator
School of Performing Arts
Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center, Box 2830
Students in this major are exposed and participate in all aspects of theatre, through a broad-based education. Students will gain practical experience with the newest techniques and technology of theatre. In this major, the hands-on education involves participation in State University Theatre and Prairie Repertory Theatre.
Student Learning Outcomes
In the Theatre major, students will be able to:
- Think conceptually and critically about text, performance, and production.
- Demonstrate an understanding of playwriting and production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
- Be acquainted with a wide selection of theatre repertory including the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
- Develop and defend informed judgments about theatre.
- Demonstrate ability in areas of performance, production, or playwriting appropriate to their individual needs and interests and consistent with the goals and objectives of the program.
- Understand procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical styles.
If applicable, students will be prepared to gain entry level positions:
- In the profession in the areas of design, technology, or stage management, or gain entrance to graduate programs for additional training prior to entering the profession.
- As performers or gain acceptance to graduate programs for additional training or to enter the profession.
- In theatre management, promotions/business or gain acceptance to graduate programs for additional training or to enter the profession.
Minimum grade of “C” required in all major courses.
Students must complete at least one activity credit each semester by participating in theatre productions.
Course Delivery Format
A variety of methods are used in our curriculum, including student engagement and interactive learning, lecture, laboratory, small group, seminar and collaborative activities.