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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2016-17


Theater

Chair: Laura Edmondson

Professors T. P. Hackett, D. J. Kotlowitz; Associate Professors L. Edmondson, J. M. Horton, 
L. Churba, M. B. Sabinson; Assistant Professors M. Ganio, I. Mayorga; Visiting Professors W. P. Chin; Senior Lecturers C. Dunne, J. G. Rice, J. Sutton; Lecturers K. Coughlin, K. Cunneen, J.C. Hard, M. Evans, C. Kohn, J. Merwin

 

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The Major

The Theater major at Dartmouth College seeks to facilitate and integrate the creative, critical, and historical study of theater as a performing art. To that end, the major includes a range of interdisciplinary courses in theater studies (the history, criticism, and theory of theater and performance) as well as theater practice (acting, directing, design, dance, stage management, technical production, and playwriting). Majors may concentrate their studies in one area, such as acting, or pursue a multifaceted course of study in consultation with their major advisor. Students intending to pursue a Theater major should:

 

  • Submit the online major declaration form on DegreeWorks.
  • Meet with the Chair to discuss course plan. The Chair will assign a faculty major advisor to the student.
  • Meet with the faculty major advisor to discuss the written rationale for the major. The rationale should be a brief description of the student's goals and intentions in pursuing a Theater major. 
  • Submit the written rationale (must be signed by the faculty major advisor and the Chair) to the Academic Assistant.

Requirements

 

Ten major courses, as enumerated within the following categories:

 

 

1. Five courses in Theater Studies:

 

  

a. The following three courses in Theater Studies are required:

THEA 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance

THEA 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance

THEA 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

 

 

b. Any two of the following Theater Studies courses:

THEA 1: Introduction to Theater*

THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair

THEA 10/RUSS 18: Russian Theater

THEA 10/CLST 2: The Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome

THEA 19/COLT 34: Human Rights and Performance

THEA 21/WGSS 59: Race, Gender, and Performance

THEA 22/AAAS 31: Black Theater, U.S.A.

THEA 23/AAAS 54: Postcolonial African Drama

THEA 24/AMES 24: Asian Performance Traditions

THEA 25: Solo Performance**

THEA 62: Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis (FSP)

THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

 

    *THEA 1 satisfies the Theater Studies course fulfillment only if it is completed before THEA 15, 16, and 17.

    **Solo Performance may be used to fulfill either a theater studies or theater practice requirement, but not both.

 

With prior approval of the Chair, up to one course in Theater Studies from another department may be used to fulfill this category, such as:

ENGL 15: Shakespeare I

 ENGL 34: American Drama

ENGL 39: Modern British Drama

 

 

2. Four courses in Theater Practice:

 

  

a. The following course is required:

THEA 40: Technical Production

 

b. Any one of the following courses in performance:

THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair

THEA 25: Solo Performance**

THEA 26: Movement Fundamentals I

THEA 27: Movement Fundamentals II

THEA 28: Dance Composition

THEA 29: Dance Theater Performance

THEA 30: Acting I

THEA 31: Acting II

THEA 32: Acting III

THEA 36: The Speaking Voice for the Stage

THEA 50: Playwriting I

THEA 51: Playwriting II

THEA 54: Directing 

THEA 60: Classical Performance I

THEA 61: Classical Performance II

THEA 65: Drama in Performance

THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

**Solo Performance may be used to fulfill either a theater studies or theater practice requirement, but not both.

 

c. Any one of the following courses in theater design and management:

THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair

THEA 41: Stage Management

THEA 42: Scene Design I

THEA 43: Scene Design II

THEA 44: Lighting Design I

THEA 45: Composition and Design

THEA 48: Costume Design I

THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair


d. One additional Theater Practice course, either in Performance or Design/Management.


 

3. The Culminating Experience:

In their final year, all majors must complete the following course to satisfy their Culminating Experience in Theater:

THEA 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater

 

4. Production Requirement:

Every Theater major is expected to complete four production credits to demonstrate an active and sustained participation in theater production. Sustained participation shall consist of completing four production credits for Department of Theater productions or productions sponsored by the Department of Theater. Production credits should be completed under faculty supervision. Production credits must reflect a variety of theater activity and each production credit must include a minimum of 25 hours of participation. 

 

  • One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production. Alternatively, the student may complete THEA 41: Stage Management to fulfill this requirement. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, stage management on a student production may fulfill this requirement. 
  • One production credit must be fulfilled by serving on a production crew or working in the shops. 
  • Two production credits may be fulfilled with any category of theater production, with the exception of work associated with THEA 40: Technical Production. This includes: 
certain courses with a production component;
acting in productions;
participation in a production crew and/or working in the shops;
stage management;
directing;
designing;
playwriting, when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department;
dramaturgy.

 

The Modified Major

 

A student who wishes to combine the study of theater with a related field may apply to the Department for a modified major. Such a program shall contain eight courses from the Theater major and four courses from a second department or program that would count toward the major(s) in the related department(s) or program(s). Students intending to pursue a modified major in Theater should:

  • Submit the online major declaration form on DegreeWorks.
  • Meet with Chair to discuss course plan. The Chair will assign a faculty major advisor to the student.
  • Meet with the faculty major advisor to discuss the written rationale for the major. The rationale should be a brief description of the student's goals and intentions in pursuing a Theater major. 
  • Submit the written rationale (must be signed by the major advisor and the Chair) to the Academic Assistant.

Requirements

Eight major courses, including those enumerated within the following categories:

 

1. Two courses in Theater Studies:

a. One course from the theater history sequence:

THEA 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
THEA 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance
THEA 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

b. One course from the following:

THEA 1: Introduction to Theater*

THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair

THEA 10/RUSS 18: Russian Theater

THEA 10/CLST 2: The Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome

THEA 19/COLT 34: Human Rights and Performance

THEA 21/WGSS 59: Race, Gender, and Performance

THEA 22/AAAS 31: Black Theater, U.S.A.

THEA 23/AAAS 54: Postcolonial African Drama

THEA 24/AMES 24: Asian Performance Traditions

THEA 25: Solo Performance**

THEA 62: Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis (FSP)

THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

 

    *THEA 1 satisfies the Theater Studies course fulfillment only if it is completed before THEA 15, 16, and 17.

    **Solo Performance may be used to fulfill either a theater studies or theater practice requirement, but not both.

 
With prior approval of the Chair, up to one course in Theater Studies from another department may be used to fulfill this category, such as:
ENGL 15: Shakespeare I
ENGL 34: American Drama
ENGL 39: Modern British Drama

2. Three courses in Theater Practice:

a. The following course is required:
THEA 40: Technical Production

b. Any one of the following courses in performance:

THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair

THEA 25: Solo Performance**

THEA 26: Movement Fundamentals I

THEA 27: Movement Fundamentals II

THEA 28: Dance Composition

THEA 29: Dance Theater Performance

THEA 30: Acting I

THEA 31: Acting II

THEA 32: Acting III

THEA 36: The Speaking Voice for the Stage

THEA 50: Playwriting I

THEA 51: Playwriting II

THEA 54: Directing 

THEA 60: Classical Performance I

THEA 61: Classical Performance II

THEA 65: Drama in Performance

THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

**Solo Performance may be used to fulfill either a theater studies or theater practice requirement, but not both.

c. Any one of the following courses in theater design and management:
THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair
THEA 41: Stage Management
THEA 42: Scene Design I
THEA 43: Scene Design II
THEA 44: Lighting Design I
THEA 45: Composition and Design
THEA 48: Costume Design I
THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

3. The Culminating Experience:

In their final year, all modified majors must complete the following course to satisfy their Culminating Experience in Theater:
THEA 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater

4. Two additional theater courses
The other two courses of the modified major shall include no more than one THEA 80: Independent Study and should be approved by the Chair.

5. Production Requirement:
Every modified Theater major is expected to complete three production credits to demonstrate an active and sustained participation in theater production. Sustained participation shall consist of completing three production credits for Department of Theater productions or productions sponsored by the Department of Theater. Production credits should be completed under faculty supervision. Production credits must reflect a variety of theater activity and each production credit must include a minimum of 25 hours of participation.

  • One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production. Alternatively, the student may complete THEA 41: Stage Management to fulfill this requirement. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, stage management on a student production may fulfill this requirement.
  • One production credit must be fulfilled by serving on a production crew or working in the shops. 
  • One production credit may be fulfilled with any category of theater production, with the exception of work associated with THEA 40: Technical Production. This includes:

certain courses with a production component;
acting in productions;
participation in a production crew and/or working in the shops;
stage management;
directing;
designing;
playwriting, when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department;
dramaturgy.


The Minor 

 

The requirements for a Theater minor are six theater courses. Students intending to pursue a Theater minor should:

 

  • Submit the online minor declaration form on DegreeWorks.
  • Meet with the Chair to discuss course plan and the written rationale for the minor. The rationale should be a brief description of the student's goals and intentions in pursuing a Theater minor. 
  • Submit the written rationale (must be signed by the Chair) to the Academic Assistant.

Requirements

Six minor courses, as enumerated within the following categories:

1. One course from the Theater History sequence:
THEA 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
THEA 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance
THEA 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

2. The following course in Theater Production:
THEA 40: Technical Production

3. Four additional theater courses:
The other four courses of the minor shall include no more than one THEA 80: Independent Study and no more than one course outside of the Department that would normally be accepted for the major. 

4. Production Requirement:
Every Theater minor is expected to complete two production credits to demonstrate an active and sustained participation in theater production. Sustained participation shall consist of completing two production credits for Department of Theater productions or productions sponsored by the Department of Theater. Production credits should be completed under faculty supervision. Production credits must reflect a variety of theater activity and each production credit must include a minimum of 25 hours of participation.
  • Acting may fulfill only one of the production credits for the Theater minor.  
  • Production credits may be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production. Alternatively, the student may complete THEA 41: Stage Management to fulfill a stage management production credit. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, stage management on a student production may fulfill this kind of production credit.
  • Production credits may be fulfilled by serving on a production's crew or working in the shops. 
  • Production credits may be fulfilled with any category of theater production, with the exception of work associated with THEA 40: Technical Production. This includes:

certain courses with a production component;
acting in productions;
participation in a production crew and/or working in the shops;
stage management;
directing;
designing;
playwriting, when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department;
dramaturgy.

 

The Culminating Experience

All Theater majors and modified Theater majors must complete the course THEA 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater to satisfy their Culminating Experience in Theater during their final year of study. Theater minors and other majors modifying with Theater will complete their Culminating Experience in their primary departments. Double majors must complete Culminating Experiences in both majors.

 

Transfer Credit

Every course taken for transfer credit in Theater must be approved prior to enrollment by the Chair of the Department, upon review of a detailed course description and syllabus. Three courses taken at other institutions may be substituted in fulfillment of the major requirements, provided that the courses are equivalent to Department courses and the program as a whole is consistent with the intent of the major. Of the three transferred courses, no more than two may be in dramatic literature, history, and criticism (#1 above under "Requirements for the Major"); no more than two courses may be in theater practice (#2 above under "Requirements for the Major").

 

Honors Program

An honors thesis in the Department of Theater provides an opportunity to deepen skills and knowledge in an area in which the student has already demonstrated the ability to produce distinguished work. Students who have completed at least five major courses and who have an average in the major of 3.4 or higher (and a College average of 3.0 or higher) are eligible to apply for the Honors Program. Students with modified as well as standard majors may apply. An Honors project normally extends through two terms and receives two major credits. Possible honors projects include:
  • a written thesis or substantial piece of writing for a performance such as a full-length play;
  • a realized production and supporting paper
  • a design project or portfolio and supporting materials.

Students must submit a preliminary proposal to an advisor and the Chair of the Department by mid-May of their junior-year; the due date for a final proposal will be determined at that time. Final proposals must be approved by the Department. Proposals will be evaluated based on originality and depth of the project, the quality of the proposal, and the student’s prior record of accomplishment. Students who prepare for an Honors project by pursuing approved courses of advanced independent study may, with approval of the Department, be allowed to complete the project (thesis) in one term. Students in the Honors Program must complete the ten courses required for the standard or modified major; the honors credits are in addition to the ten-course major. Students may complete the ten-course major simultaneously with the Honors thesis: the ten-course major does not necessarily have to be completed before the honors work has begun. For additional information, students should consult with Chair of the Department of Theater.

 

Foreign Study Program

England: London. Summer term.

The Theater Foreign Study Program offers students the opportunity to combine Theater Studies and professional practice in theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, one of the world’s great conservatories. The program is a unique chance for students to develop their craft while taking advantage of London’s incomparable theatrical tradition and vibrant cultural scene. 

Prior to participating in the Theater Foreign Study Program, the following prerequisites must be completed:

1. One course from the Theater History sequence:

THEA 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
THEA 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance
THEA 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

2. One course in Theater Practice in either performance or design/management, from among the following courses:

Performance

THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair
THEA 25: Solo Performance
THEA 26: Movement Fundamentals I
THEA 27: Movement Fundamentals II
THEA 28: Dance Composition
THEA 29: Dance Theater Performance
THEA 30: Acting I
THEA 31: Acting II
THEA 32: Acting III
THEA 36: The Speaking Voice for the Stage
THEA 50: Playwriting I
THEA 51: Playwriting II
THEA 54: Directing
THEA 60: Classical Performance I
THEA 61: Classical Performance II
THEA 65: Drama in Performance
THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

Design and Management

THEA 10: Special Topics courses, with approval of the Chair
THEA 41: Stage Management
THEA 42: Scene Design I
THEA 43: Scene Design II
THEA 44: Lighting Design I
THEA 45: Composition and Design
THEA 48: Costume Design I
THEA 80: Independent Study, with approval of the Chair

The typical British conservatory experience is designed for students interested in acting, directing, playwriting, design, stage management, dramaturgy, or criticism.

All FSP students will be enrolled in three courses:

THEA 60 : Classical Performance I 
THEA 61 : Classical Performance II
THEA 62 : Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis

THEA 60 and THEA 61 will be taught by instructors from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. THEA 62: Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis will be taught by the Dartmouth instructor and involves attending an average of two to three productions per week and participating in a weekly seminar. In addition to the many London theaters, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, students will have full access to London’s cultural resources in music, dance, film, and museums. When practical, field trips to historical sites of theatrical interest and backstage tours of theater facilities will be scheduled.

For additional information regarding enrollment and prerequisites, please consult the Off-Campus Academic Programs booklet.