Theatre - Requirements

The Theatre Major

  1. All incoming students are first registered as Comprehensive Majors.
  2. Students are presented with a series of questions to ponder, designed to help them discern their goals and career plans.
  3. At the end of sophomore year/beginning of junior year each student has a conversation with several faculty members. The faculty and student decide which track is most appropriate for the student.
  4. Students may stay "Comprehensive" or change to "Performance" or "Design/Tech" Majors.

A. Comprehensive Major (33 credits)

Theatre Core:
TA 11 Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
TA 30 Acting I (3 credits)
TA 50 Backstage Fundamentals (3 credits)
TA 110 or TA 111 Theatre History I (or) II (3 credits)
TA 120/EN 264 American Drama (3 credits)
TA 155 Design I (3 credits)
TA 210 Theatre in Production (3 credits)
TA 310 Technique and Theory of Production (3 credits)

One Additional History/Drama
Literature Class: (3 credits)
EN 141 Imagining Shakespeare
EN 213 Shakespeare I 
EN 214 Shakespeare II 
TA 110 or TA 111 Theatre History I (or) II
TA 122 Asian Theatre
TA 123 American Women Playwrights

One Additional Performance Class: (3 credits)
TA 230 Acting II
TA 231/FM 133 Acting for the Camera (3 credits) 
TA 240 Technique and Art in Directing
TA 300 Special Topics

One Additional Design/Tech Class: (3 credits)
TA 153 Makeup and Costume Construction
TA 157 Rendering and Drafting
TA 158 Scene Painting
TA 250 Advanced Stagecraft
TA 255 Advanced Design
TA 300 Special Topics 
TA 395 Technical Internship: Stage Management

Plus

  • A minimum of 15 Tech Points total in Freshman/Sophomore Years
  • A minimum of 15 Tech Points total in Junior/Senior Years
  • Involvement in at least half the Theatre Fairfield productions in each year. Students participating in Theatre Fairfield productions earn one credit per show for either performance (TA 94), or production (TA 95). Theatre majors must earn a total of three credits in TA 94 or TA 95 each academic year.

B. Performance Major (33 credits)

Theatre Core:
TA 11 Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
TA 30 Acting I (3 credits)
TA 50 Backstage Fundamentals (3 credits)
TA 110 or TA 111 Theatre History I (or) II (3 credits)
TA 120/EN 264 American Drama (3 credits)
TA 155 Design I (3 credits)
TA 210 Theatre in Production (3 credits)
TA 310 Technique and Theory of Production (3 credits)

The Following Advanced Performance Classes:
TA 230 Acting II (3 credits)
TA 231/FM 133 Acting for the Camera
TA 240 Technique and Art in Directing (3 credits)

One Additional Design/Tech Class: 3 credits
TA 153 Makeup and Costume Construction
TA 157 Rendering and Drafting
TA 158 Scene Painting
TA 250 Advanced Stagecraft
TA 255 Advanced Design
TA 231/133 Acting for the Camera 
TA 395 Technical Internship: Stage Management

Plus

  • A minimum of 15 Tech Points total in Freshman/Sophomore Years
  • A minimum of 15 Tech Points total in Junior/Senior Years
  • Involvement in the majority of the Theatre Fairfield productions in each year. Students participating in Theatre Fairfield productions earn one credit per show for either performance (TA 94), or production (TA 95). Theatre majors must earn a total of three credits in TA 94 or TA 95 each academic year.

C. Design/Tech Major (33 credits)

Theatre Core:
TA 11 Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
TA 30 Acting I (3 credits)
TA 50 Backstage Fundamentals (3 credits)
TA 110 or TA 111 Theatre History I (or) II (3 credits)
TA 120/EN 264 American Drama (3 credits)
TA 155 Design I (3 credits)
TA 210 Theatre in Production (3 credits)
TA 310 Technique and Theory of Production (3 credits)

Three Additional Tech/Design Classes: (9 credits)
TA 153 Makeup and Costume Construction
TA 157 Rendering and Drafting
TA 158 Scene Painting
TA 250 Advanced Stagecraft
TA 255 Advanced Design
TA 300 Special Topics 
TA 395 Technical Internship

Plus

  • A minimum of 15 Tech Points total in Freshman/Sophomore Years
  • A minimum of 15 Tech Points total in Junior/Senior Years
  • Involvement in the majority of the Theatre Fairfield productions in each year. Students participating in Theatre Fairfield productions earn one credit per show for either performance (TA 94), or production (TA 95). Theatre majors must earn a total of three credits in TA 94 or TA 95 each academic year.

Theatre Minor (18 hours)

TA 11 Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
TA 30 Acting I (3 credits)
TA 50 Backstage Fundamentals (3 credits)
TA 120 American Drama (3 credits)
TA 155 Design I (3 credits)
TA 310 Technique and Theory of Production (3 credits)

Plus

  • A minimum of 15 Tech Points total in Freshman/Sophomore Years
  • A minimum of 15 Tech Points total in Junior/Senior Years
  • Involvement in at least half the Theatre Fairfield productions in any 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/Indep. 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 Asst. 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 History of Theatre I
TA 111 History of Theatre II
TA 210 Theatre in Production
TA 300 Special Topics Seminars
TA 310 Technique and Theory of Production - Capstone

Literature
TA 120 American Drama
TA 122 Asian Theatre
TA 123 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