Theatre - Requirements

Requirements

The Theatre Major (33 Credits)

Theory: (6 credits total)

TA 11 Introduction to Theatre
TA 310 Capstone: Theory of Production

History and Dramatic Literature: (9 credits total)

TA 110 World Theatre: Beginnings to 1800
TA 111 World Theatre: 1800 to Tomorrow     

and one of the following:

TA 120 American Drama
TA 210 Theatre in Production

Performance: (6 credits total)

TA 30 Acting I
TA 230 Acting II

Tech: (3 credits total)

TA 150 Stagecraft (pending approval)

Design: (6 credits total)

TA 155 Design I                                             

and one of the following:

TA 253 Costume Design (pending approval)
TA 256 Stage Lighting (pending approval)
TA 288 Scene Design (pending approval)

Administration: (3 credits total)

TA 106 Theatre Administration & Management (pending approval)

Plus

Participation in the majority of the TF Productions, through TA 94 and TA 95, earning at least 5 tech points per academic year.

 

Theatre Minor (18 credits)

Theory: (6 credits total)

TA 11 Introduction to Theatre
TA 310 Capstone: Theory of Production

History and Dramatic Literature: (3 credits total)     

TA 111 World Theatre: 1800 to Tomorrow     

Performance: (3 credits total)

TA 30 Acting I

Tech: (3 credits total)                                                 

TA 150 Stagecraft (pending approval)

Design: (3 credits total)

TA 155 Design I

Plus

Participation in at least half of the annual TF Productions, through TA 94 and TA 95, earning at least 5 tech points per academic year

Credit for Theatre Fairfield Productions

It is impossible to understand the nature of theatre without engaging in the process of making theatre. Therefore, major and minor coursework is supplemented by required participation in Theatre Fairfield productions.

Students earn course credit for such participation. This acknowledges and embraces the educational nature of production work.

  1. TA 94, Theatre Fairfield Performance Practicum is a 1 credit course that enrolls all students who perform in Theatre Fairfield shows. Credit in these classes is figured in the student GPA, but the class hours count over and above the 120 hours required for graduation.
  2. TA 95, Theatre Fairfield Production Practicum is a 1 credit course that enrolls all students who are on crews for Theatre Fairfield shows. Credit in these classes is figured in the student GPA, but the class hours count over and above the 120 hours required for graduation.

 

Tech Points

Tech point requirements will be reasonably adjusted, as necessary, for semesters when students are studying abroad.

Production positions earn the following number of points:

10 Designer
10 Director, Festival/Independent Project
10 Technical Director
10 Stage Manager, full-length piece
6 Assistant Stage Manager, full-length piece
6 Stage Manager, one-act piece
6 Master Carpenter
6 Props Manager
6 Costume Manager
5 Props Crew
5 Costume Crew
5 Paint Charge
4 Assistant Stage Manager, one-act piece
4 Master Electrician
4 Paint Crew
3 Light Board Operator
3 Sound Board Operator
3 Running Crew
2 House Manager
2 Electrician
2 Carpenter
1 Assistant Box Office Manager

  • All tech points are awarded to students through TA 95, Theatre Fairfield Production Practicum.
  • Students do not earn tech points for directing in Director's Cut, which is a course requirement for TA 240, Technique and Art in Design.
  • If a student performs a production position not on this list, faculty will assign a tech point value.
  • Continual faculty oversight will ensure that students will gain experience in a variety of production positions.

 

Curriculum categories for Visual and Performing Arts - Theatre

History and Theory
TA 110 World Theatre, Beginnings to 1800
TA 111 World Theatre, 1800 to Tomorrow 
TA 210 Theatre in Production
TA 300 Special Topics Seminar
TA 306 Arts Administration Principles and Practices
TA 310 Technique and Theory of Production - Capstone

Literature
TA 120/EN 125 American Drama
TA 122 Asian Theatre
TA 123/EN 120 American Women Playwrights
EN 141 Imagining Shakespeare
EN 213 Shakespeare I
EN 214 Shakespeare II

Playwrighting
EN/W 204 Creative Writing: Drama

Performance
TA 11 Introduction to Theatre
TA 30 Acting I
TA 93 Physical Performance Lab
TA 94 Theatre Fairfield Performance Practicum
TA 135 Modern and Contemporary Dance
TA 136 Introduction to Jazz Dance
TA 137 Dance in Musical Theatre
TA 138 Folk and Social Dance
TA 210 Theatre in Production
TA 230 Acting II
TA 231/FM 133 Acting for the Camera
TA 240 Technique and Art in Directing
TA 300 Special Topics: Advanced Acting; Scene Study; Characterization Direction

Design and Technology
TA 50 Backstage Fundamentals
TA 95 Theatre Fairfield Production Practicum
TA 153 Makeup and Costume Construction
TA 155 Design I
TA 157 Rendering and Drafting
TA 158 Scene Painting
TA 250 Advanced Stagecraft
TA 255 Advanced Design
TA 300 Special Topics

Internships and Independent Studies
TA 395 Internship
TA 399 Independent Study