Apr 25, 2024  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Theatre

John Mayer, M.F.A., Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Mayer, Mercier, O’Donnell
Associate Professors: Broadwater, Everett

Office: Drama Building - D15
Phone: (209) 667-3451

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (General)  
Minor in Theatre Arts (General) 
Liberal Studies degree concentration in Theatre  

The General BA degree track trains undergraduates as general practitioners in the art of Theatre. The curriculum balances theoretical and practical work while featuring a close relationship between courses and production. The students and faculty work together on all aspects of production in a 300-seat mainstage theater and a 100-seat studio theater.

Students are required to take 6 units of Rehearsal and Performance (THEA 4350, which is a one-unit course.) Upon achievement of sophomore status in the University, students are required to take at least 1 unit of Rehearsal and Performance each semester they are in residence in the Theatre major. Students may enroll in more than one unit of Rehearsal and Performance in one semester by enrolling in two different sections of Rehearsal and Performance (upon approval of instructor or Department Chair). Transfer students must be enrolled in Rehearsal and Performance every semester they are in residence in the program and must complete 6 units of Rehearsal and Performance to graduate.

Upon completion of the Theatre major, a student will be able to collaborate with others in the operation of a theatre or to qualify for further professional training as an artist or as a scholar. Courses in the theatre curriculum also provide aesthetic and cultural enrichment for Liberal Arts students.

Liberal Studies Concentration in Theatre

Please refer to the Liberal Studies  section of this catalog.

Secondary School Teacher’s Certificate in Drama

View information for the Certificate for Teaching Drama .

Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the history and traditions of theatre.
  • Knowledge of techniques of script and character analysis in the context of a theatrical production/activity.
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of technical theatre and design, from both a traditional and contemporary perspective.
  • Understanding of shop equipment, safety and techniques through elaboration of production in the scene and costume shops of the department.
  • The ability to perform in a variety of studio/stage settings.
  • The integration of learning goals through senior projects.
  • A strong understanding of teamwork and collaboration.