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General Education Requirements

Because Theatre Arts is an interdisciplinary art form, it contributes to many of the Earlham College general education requirements, including Earlham Seminars, Arts distributional requirement, Diversity-International, Diversity-Domestic, Writing Intensive and Research.

The Program

A strong liberal arts education is the best preparation for a career in theatre. Based on our experience, students carrying greater than a normal load (15 credits) should not be involved in a theatrical production. Plays take (1) a significant amount of physical time to rehearse and build, (2) complete dedication, commitment and passionate attachment to the production from start to finish, and (3) emotional and spiritual energy to create a production that truly captures the life of the characters and the hearts and minds of the audience.

Students spend their Senior year preparing and producing their senior projects which may be a theatrical production or a research project presented to the campus. Their project, submitted to the Theatre faculty as a proposal, should be approved by the end of their Junior year.

Courses in theory, history and techniques:

  • THEA 250 Introduction to Theatre: Collaboration, Analysis and Expression
  • THEA 260 Acting I
  • THEA 261 Movement for the Stage
  • THEA 270 Theatrecraft
  • THEA 275 Video Production
  • THEA 280 Script Analysis
  • THEA 282 Special Topics
  • THEA 350 Trends in Western Theatre History
  • THEA 359 Shakespeare and Social Problems (also ENG 359)
  • THEA 360 Acting Styles
  • THEA 370 Directing
  • THEA 371 Set, Lighting and Costume Design
  • THEA 372 Drawing and Rendering Designs
  • THEA 373 Advanced Design Practices
  • THEA 380 Drama (also ENG 380)
  • THEA 382 Special Topics
  • THEA 386 Devised Theatre
  • THEA 481 Internship
  • THEA 483 Teaching Assistants
  • THEA 484 Ford/Knight Research Project
  • THEA 485 Independent Study
  • THEA 488-1 Senior Capstone Experience - Preparation
  • THEA 488-2 Senior Capstone Experience - Implementation

Courses in Experiential Application

  • THEA 132 Applied Theatre: Set Construction
  • THEA 134 Applied Theatre: Costume Construction
  • THEA 135 Applied Theatre: Lighting Crew
  • THEA 230 Applied Theatre: Acting
  • THEA 234 Applied Theatre: Wardrone
  • THEA 235 Applied Theatre: Lighting/Sound Console Operator
  • THEA 236 Applied Theatre: Backstage Running Crew
  • THEA 238 Applied Theatre: Makeup Crew
  • THEA 333 Applied Theatre: Assistant Stage Manager
  • THEA 335 Applied Theatre: Master Electrician
  • THEA 433 Applied Theatre: Stage Manager
  • THEA 434 Applied Theatre: Costume Designer
  • THEA 435 Applied Theatre: Lighting/Sound Designer
  • THEA 436 Applied Theatre: Technical Director
  • THEA 437 Applied Theatre: Set Designer
  • THEA 438 Applied Theatre: Makeup Designer
  • THEA 439 Applied Theatre: Director

The Major

For the Major, students complete the following courses:

  • THEA 250 Introduction to Theatre: Collaboration, Analysis and Expression
  • THEA 260 Acting I
  • THEA 270 Theatrecraft
  • THEA 280 Script Analysis
  • THEA 350 Trends in Western Theatre History
  • THEA 382 Special Topics or any cross-listed dramatic literature course (may satisfy this major requirement only once)
  • THEA 370 Directing
  • THEA 386 Devised Theatre
  • Minimum of six credits in three different areas of Applied Theatre
  • One three-credit course in the Visual and Performing Arts Division outside of the Theatre Arts Department
  • Two upper-level electives in Theatre Arts (courses numbered 300-399)
  • THEA 488-1 Senior Capstone Experience - Preparation
  • THEA 488-2 Senior Capstone Experience - Implementation
  • Successful completion of oral review of Senior Project and Oral Comprehensive Examination

The Minor

  • THEA 250 Introduction to Theatre: Collaboration, Analysis and Expression
  • THEA 350 Trends in Western Theatre History
  • One of the following:
    • THEA 260 Acting I
    • THEA 270 Theatrecraft
  • At least three areas of Applied Theatre credit and one three-credit, upper-level Theatre Arts course OR
  • One credit of Applied Theatre and two three-credit upper-level Theatre Arts courses

Integrated Pathways

Integrated Pathways (IPs) can help you make direct connections between your academic interests and possible career paths. These programs are comprised of 4-6 courses as well as related extracurricular activities.