Theatre, Bachelor of Arts - THTR

Program in Theatre

The program in theatre provides a comprehensive background in this multifaceted discipline. The study of theatre illuminates, enriches, and interprets human existence. It allows the student the opportunity to gain knowledge of both the process of theatre production and the ideas explored in the literature of the theatre.

Major Requirements (36 Hours)

Required (22 Hours Minimum)
THTR 205Introduction to Acting3
THTR 245Stagecraft3
THTR 265Play Analysis for the Theatre3
THTR 355Voice and Movement3
THTR 375Rehearsal, Performance, and Production1-3
THTR 380History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature3
THTR 475Stage Directing3
THTR 480Production Projects3
One course in dramatic literature:3
Contemporary Women’s Drama
Shakespeare and the Power of Art
Shakespeare in Our Time
Select three of the following (not used to satisfy the above requirements):9
Introduction to Theatre
Intermediate Acting
Playwriting I
History of Western European Cultural Performance
Oral Interpretation
Fashion and Costume History
Contemporary Women’s Drama
Beginning Fashion and Costume Construction
Hair and Makeup for the Stage
Styles of Acting
Theatre Management
Scenic and Prop Design and Scenic Painting
Costume Design
Playwriting II
Special Topics in Theatre Studies
Independent Study
Required Supporting Courses
Select one of the following courses in dance:2
Modern Dance Technique: Beginning
Ballet Technique: Beginning
Jazz Technique: Beginning
Tap Technique: Beginning
Total Credits36-38

Advanced Writing Proficiency 

Students complete this requirement by submitting a portfolio in the fall of the senior year. The papers in the portfolio include: an analysis of a one­-act play and two other papers written for courses which fulfill the requirements for the major in Theatre.

Senior Comprehensive

The Senior Comprehensive in theatre takes place during the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. In the fall, the student chooses a one act play to research and analyze on both literary and theatrical levels. This work is then synthesized into a paper. During the spring, the student actualizes the production, serving as both director and designer, for a live performance before an audience.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student graduating with a theatre major from Saint Mary’s College will be proficient in the following aspects of the art form of theatre:

  • Theory: Students will be able to identify, understand, and discuss the theories and analytical techniques which underlie the art form of theatre and its component elements: dramatic literature, design, and performance;
  • Practice: Through experiential course work and participation in departmental productions, students will develop the skills needed to create effective works of theatre.

A student is required to explore three basic areas of theatre:

  1. its historical and literary foundations;
  2. the techniques of translating theory into action; and
  3. the translation itself, that is, production.

The course work will be applied in practice through production assignments under the close supervision of faculty.


M. Abram-Copenhaver, M. Bialko, M. Duffy, K. Sullivan