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Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts (B.A.)

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In addition to a solid foundation of theatre history, dramatic literature, acting, directing and technical production, majors can focus their program through selected electives including special topics such as acting Shakespeare, advanced acting, design (scenic, costume, lighting), dialects, historical interpretation, musical theatre, movement, stage combat, stage management, technical topics and voice.

Theatre Participation

Recognizing that theatre is a highly collaborative art form that demands the skill and labor of many people and that theatre productions are the laboratory for developing and applying practical skills of the discipline, all theatre arts majors are required to complete four semesters of 50 hours plus two semesters of 20 hours supporting production work during four years (eight semesters) at Gordon College. Minors are expected to complete two semesters of 20 hours.

These hours can be fulfilled in a variety of ways including performance, stage management, electrics, carpentry, costume creation, supplying props, box office, house management, running crew or combinations of the above. Some roles in the production process fulfill the requirement automatically, such as being part of a show’s cast where dress rehearsals and performances meet the required hours. The same is true of the master electrician and stage manager positions. Those not cast in productions will need to meet this requirement as part of crews, with hours recorded on time logs signed by faculty and student supervisors. At each year-end review, students will be required to note how they met this requirement for the year.

Theatre arts majors are also required to attend the department’s monthly Theatre Hour and participate in an annual year-end review with the department faculty. Satisfactory progress in production participation and attendance at Theatre Hour is required for continuation as a theatre arts major.

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