Theatre

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre

  • Instruction in acting, playwriting, and stage direction
  • Small classes taught by working professionals
  • Two main productions each year, including a musical
  • Required senior capstone project

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Theatre at Marywood

Marywood's theatre program will prepare you for a career in contemporary theatre by providing professional instruction in acting, playwriting, and stage direction. Students participate in all aspects of production, broadening their knowledge and developing an understanding of the diverse skills necessary to produce modern theatrical shows.

Out small class sizes ensure that you receive personalized instruction. Courses are taught by faculty who are working professionals in the entertainment industry.

Productions

Each year, students produce a musical and non-musical production on the main stage in the 1100-seat Sette Laverghetta Center for Performing Arts. Students build the scenery, construct costumes, hang and focus lights, and perform in these productions.

Recent productions include Godspell, To Kill A Mockingbird, Songs for a New World, Our Town, Measure for Measure, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, A Little Night Music, Crimes of the Heart, Miss Julie, Proof, Once Upon a Mattress, The Fantasticks, and All in the Timing.

All seniors must present a capstone project. Often, these capstones are productions performed in our flexible seating Black Box Theatre.

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Charles Gorden, M.F.A.
Associate professor of theatre
This is just a sample of our Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty - see them all!

The Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts boasts two theaters. The main stage is located in an 1100-seat auditorium outfitted with a professional theatre lighting system. The Black Box Theatre, on the other hand, is a more intimate performance space designed for student directed productions and to experimental theatre.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.A. in Musical Theatre

Combining competencies in both music and theatre, the Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Musical Theatre provides opportunities for students to develop skills and competencies in both the artistic and technical production of musical theatre. Admission to this program requires an audition (with music, theatre, and dance components).

Completion of this program prepares the student for professional work in musical theatre, as well as for further graduate study. This program has received final approval for listing in the NASM Directory.

Music courses — 31 credits

MUSC 111A, B Written Theory I
4
MUSC 112A, B Aural Skills I
2
MUSC 115A Conducting I
1
MUSC 127A or B Class Piano
2
MUSC 220A, B Vocal Pedagogy
2
MUSC 319A, B Musical Theatre Repertoire
3
MUSC 322 History of Music I
3
MUSC 323 History of Music II
3
MUSC varies Applied Major
7
MUSC varies Campus Choir
2
MUSC varies Elective
2

Theatre courses — 30 credits

THEA 113 Introduction to the Theatre
3
THEA 130 A Theatre Lab
1
THEA 230 B Practicum 1
THEA 241 Fundamentals of Acting
3
THEA 242 Advanced Acting 3
THEA 244A,B,C,D Audition Workshop .5,.5,.5,.5
THEA 247A Stage Management
2
THEA 330B Practicum
1
THEA 341 Theatre History
2
THEA 342A Tragedy in Dramatic Literature
2
THEA 342B Comedy in Dramatic Literature
2
THEA 347 Fundamentals of Directing
3
THEA 404 Theatre as a Business
2
THEA 451 Capstone Project: Musical theatre Showcase
3

Dance courses — 15 Credits

DANC 140 Fundamentals of Dance/Movement
3
DANC 141 Body Awareness
3
DANC 142 Fundamentals of Improvisation/Choreography
3
*DANC varies Dance Technique 6

*Six credits of dance technique required. Courses are offered in ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, musical theatre, and special topics.

Additional Requirements

A musical theatre major must appear in music, theatre, and dance performances each year at Marywood and must attend master classes and workshops offered in music, theatre, and dance.

The musical theatre major will be evaluated or juried each year in music, theatre, and dance to make recommendations for further study.

Requirements for all Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Majors

There are two concentrations in the theatre program: (1) Theatre Arts prepares students as performing artists, directors, technicians, designers, and managers. (2) Theatre Education leads to Pennsylvania teacher certification in Communication Arts 7-12 (which includes English, theatre, and non-print media).

All students adhere to Marywood University’s liberal arts core curriculum requirements as outlined in the undergraduate catalog.

Curriculum Requirements

Basic requirements for all students in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre, Theatre Education, or Theatre Arts Administration (15 credits):

THEA113 Introduction to Theatre
3
THEA 247A Stage Management
2
THEA 341 Theatre History
2
THEA 342A Tragedy in Dramatic Literature
2
THEA 342B Comedy in Dramatic Literature
2
THEA 451 Capstone Project
3
THEA130A Theatre Lab
1

B.A. in Theatre Arts (65 credits)

The broad base of the theatre arts program allows for the exploration of a student’s strengths, which are then converted into marketable skills. With the advisement of faculty and staff, students are eventually directed toward a focus on performance, technical production, or management. For all theatre students, production experiences place strong emphasis on the development of an ensemble work ethic. Course requirements include the basic requirements of 15 credits for the major, plus:

THEA 241 Fundamentals of Acting
3
THEA 247B Scenic Design
2
THEA 247C Lighting and Sound Design
2
THEA 247D Costuming and Make-Up
2
THEA 343 Theatre Management
2
THEA 347 Fundamentals of Directing
3
THEA 404 Theatre as a Business
2
THEA 130B Theatre Lab
1
THEA 230A,B Theatre Lab
1,1
THEA 330A,B Theatre Lab
1,1
THEA 430A,B Theatre Lab
1,1

Select 6 credits from the following:

THEA 242 Advanced Acting
3
THEA 348 Advanced Directing
3
THEA 247 Advanced Production
3
DANC140 Fundamentals of Dance/Movement
3

Select 21 credits of electives with advisement. Students are encouraged to take an 18-credit minor in an area of related interest.

B.A. in Theatre Education (75 credits)

Students are certified to teach Communication Arts at the secondary level. The certification area includes English, theatre, and non-print media. Theatre Education candidates complete 190 hours of assigned fieldwork in observation prior to student teaching. Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires a minimum QPA of 3.00 for formal acceptance into the teacher education program. Application is typically done via sophomore screening process in the second year of study. Teacher certification requires a successful student teaching experience and the passing of Pennsylvania state teacher education tests.

Course requirements include basic requirements of 15 credits for the major plus:

COMM 112 Communication Theory
3
THEA 230A or B Theatre Lab
1
THEA 330A or B Theatre Lab
1
THEA 430A or B Theatre Lab
1
THEA 241 Fundamentals of Acting
3
THEA 247B Scenic Design
2
THEA 247C Lighting and Sound Design
2
THEA 347 Fundamentals of Directing
3
+ENGL 412A Teaching of Writing
3
OR
+ENGL 412B Teaching of Literature
3

+ The course selected may be applied both as a requirement for the major and as an upper level Liberal Arts core requirement.

Select 6 credits from the following non print courses:

COMM 231 Audio Production
3
COMM 233 Video Production I
3
COMM 234 Video Production II
3
COMM 237 New Communication Technologies
3
COMM varies Non-print media electives
3

Professional Education Component

EDUC 000 Field Experience
0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­-12 1
EDUC 100, 101 Introduction to Education
.5,.5
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
3
*EDUC 311 Educational Psychology
3
*EDUC 411A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education
3
*EDUC 414 Social Foundations of Education 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
**SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations
3

* SPED 367

Behavior Management 3
EDUC 442M Student Teaching
9
*EDUC 461 Methods, Materials, & Assessment of ESL 3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching