Department of Theatre Arts & Dance

CPA 130, (501) 569-3291, (501) 569-8355 (fax), Website

Interim Chairperson:
Hicks, M. Yslan

Associate Professors:
Marshall, William M.
Pendergraft, Stacy M.
Thibeault, Stephanie K.

Assistant Professors:
Johnson, Samantha (visiting)
Stone, Stephen K.
Smith, Lawrence D.

Instructor
Michael, Heavner

Research Associate:
Dowling, Laura K.

Research Assistant:
Stafford, Joseph

Coordinator for Performing Arts:
Kamika Gaines

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is dedicated to producing students prepared to succeed in all areas of theatrical and dance endeavor according to the standards of professional consensus, and also to bring about change in the conception and practice of the art.

Consistent with the goals and vision of a liberal arts education and the mission of the university and the College, the department seeks to utilize theatre and dance in order effect a permanent change in behavior as a reflection of growth and intellectual maturity. Ultimately, students participate in studies and activities, which place theatre in a broader understanding of the arts and the special role that the arts play in interpreting our history and society.

All majors and minors in the theatre and dance concentrations are required to meet with their departmental advisor prior to registration each semester.

General Information

Major/Minor in Theatre Arts

All majors in the BA in Theatre Arts must complete the Core Requirements (35 hours). Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 2.6 in the three entrance courses (THEA 1201, 2360 and 2352) to remain a major in Theatre Arts. Students may declare the major anytime before completing the three entrance classes; however they must attain the required GPA to finalize their acceptance. The major also requires, a total of four credit hours of stage production experience, at the rate of one credit hour per semester. This requirement may be met by stage production courses (THEA 3160, 3161, 4161 or 4162) In addition, all theatre arts majors must complete one three credit hour Senior Project from the following courses: THEA 4362, THEA 4369, or THEA 4370. Students admitted to the major must complete six credit hours in pre-approved Multicultural Studies, i.e. the study of a culture or cultures with a linguistic base other than English. This track may also be fulfilled with language study including SPAN, FREN, CHIN and INTR. All participants in theatre arts programs are expected to follow rules and regulations specified in the departmental handbook.

Minor in Theatre Arts

The minor program is designed to provide a broad-based offering of courses in theory, performance, and stage production for interested students. The theatre arts minor requires 19 hours including THEA 1201, 2352, 2360, 9 upper level hours in THEA of the students choice, plus a total of two credit hours of stage production experience. The stage production courses should be taken at the rate of one credit hour per semester from THEA 3160, 3161, 4161, or 4162.


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See General Education Requirements for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements for requirement details.

Major (68 hours)

*THEA 1201 Theatre/Dance: A First Experience
*THEA 2352 Script Analysis
*THEA 2360 Acting I
*(Students desiring to major in Theatre Arts are required to complete THEA 1201, THEA 2352, & THEA 2360. Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 2.6 in the three entrance courses to remain a major in Theatre Arts. Students may declare the major at any time before completing the three entrance classes

THEA 1310 Introduction to Theatrical Design
THEA 2310 Costume Techniques
THEA 2320 Stagecraft & Lighting Technology
THEA 2359 IT for Theatre and Dance
THEA 3350 Voice & Movement
THEA 3360 Stage Management
THEA 3362 Directing I
THEA 4350 History of Theatre I
THEA 4351 History of Theatre II
THEA 4352 Dramatic Criticism
THEA 4364 Contemporary Theatre
ENGL 4324 Shakespeare
or another 3000 or 4000 level course in ENGL
2 credit hours in DANC
Upper Level Elective in Theatre (3 hours)
Upper Level Open Electives (6 hours)

Stage Production Requirement (4 hours)

THEA 3160 Stage Production
THEA 3161 Stage Production
THEA 4161 Stage Production
THEA 4162 Stage Production

Senior Project (3 hours)

THEA 4362 Capstone
or THEA 4369 Performance Internship
or THEA 4370 Design/Technical Internship

Multicultural Track (6 hours)
Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Major in Dance Performance

The BFA in Dance Performance is a skill based pre-professional program with an emphasis on teaching dance technique. While the program is “contemporary” in emphasis it offers a full slate of courses in ballet, jazz and tap as well studies in history, kinesiology, choreography, and pedagogy.

All majors in the BFA in Dance Performance must complete the Core Requirements (35 hours). The major itself requires 83 hours beyond the university core. A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses required for the BFA Dance major. Note: Technique placement/advancement by audition and/or faculty consent only. Higher level technique classes may be substituted for lower levels in the same technique; however, the total number of semesters required in each technique remains the same.

Majors must complete six semesters each of Ballet and Modern technique including two semesters in Level III of each discipline. Majors must complete an additional two semesters in Level IV of either Ballet or Modern. Dance majors care expected to enroll in two technique classes (Ballet, Modern or Jazz) every semester.

Minor in Dance Performance

All minors in Dance Performance must complete a total of 21 hours including DANC 2201, DANC 3301, DANC 2241, DANC 3341, DANC 2261, DANC 3270, DANC 3311 or 3313, and 4 additional hours chosen from any of the remaining courses offered in the dance curriculum. All participants in dance performance programs are expected to follow rules and regulations specified in the departmental handbook. Note: Technique placement/advancement by audition and/or faculty consent only. Higher level technique classes may be substituted for lower levels in the same technique; however, the total number of semesters required in each technique remains the same.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See General Education Requirements for requirement details.)

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (83 hours)

THEA 1201 Theatre/Dance: A First Experience
THEA 2359 IT for Theatre and Dance
THEA 3380 Lighting Design
or THEA 3382 Costume Design
DANC 2201 Modern Dance I (2 semesters)
DANC 2241 Ballet I (2 semesters)
DANC 2261 Jazz Dance I
DANC 2271 Dance Improvisation
DANC 2281 Tap Dance I
DANC 3240 Music for Dance
DANC 3261 Jazz Dance II
DANC 3301 Modern Dance II (2 semesters)
DANC 3311 Dance History I
DANC 3313 Dance History II
DANC 3341 Ballet II (2 semesters)
DANC 3360 Dance Pedagogy
DANC 3371 Choreography I
DANC 4191 Dance Performance (3 semesters)
DANC 4301 Modern Dance III (2 semesters)
DANC 4302 Modern Dance IV (2 semesters)
or DANC 4342 Ballet IV (2 semesters)
DANC 4330 Dance Science and Kinesiology
DANC 4341 Ballet III (2 semesters)
DANC 4371 Choreography II
DANC 4372 Choreography III
DANC 4399 Senior Project

Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Courses in Theatre and Dance

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses for Theatre and Dance, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses within that discipline:

THEA-Theatre
DANC-Dance