Theatre

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Participate in a variety of productions
  • Explore acting, production, playwriting, stage directing
  • Join Marywood Players student organization

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The Theatre Program of the Communication Arts Department produces three main stage plays each year including drama, comedy, musical theatre and children's theatre.

Students are prepared for work in the contemporary theatre. Acting, theatre production, playwriting and stage direction are explored, as are theatre's classical roots and developing trends. Dance and Movement courses are offered to augment skills, competencies and academic programs. Major specialization in Theatre requires 42 total credits.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of productions:
Student Productions:
Theatre students have an opportunity to direct/produce a variety of plays. Productions are generally staged in the department's Black Box Theatre.
Acting, directing and playwrighting showcases:
These showcases give students the opportunity to apply their course work in public performances.
Street theatre performance:
Street theatre is held each year during Family Weekend.

 

Organizations:
The Marywood Players is a student-governed organization that includes all theatre students plus non-majors interested in theatre. The Players engage in fund raising to support charitable activities on campus, to provide members with theatre workshops and to sponsor theatre trips. In addition, the Players produce directing, acting and playwrighting showcase productions, a public performance for Family Weekend, and the annual High School Theatre Festival. They play an active role in providing feedback to the faculty and staff, which affects changes in the program and in production.

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MARYWOOD THEATRE: 1100-seat, professionally equipped auditorium with sophisticated lighting control system; supports the production of classical, contemporary, musical, and children's theatre.

BLACK BOX THEATRE:
Laboratory theatre with flexible staging; designed for student directed productions
and to support experimental theatre.

MULTIMEDIA THEATRE:
Audio-video facility for public presentations involving cinema, slides, audio and video recordings, and computer-based media.

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 emphasis in Musical Theatre program 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 — a total of 33 credits

MUSC 111 A, B Written Theory I
4
MUSC 112 A, B Aural Skills I
2
MUSC 115 A Conducting I
1
MUSC 120 A, B Fundamentals of Vocal Techniques
2
MUSC 127 A or B
Class Piano
2
MUSC 224 A or B Audition Workshop  2
MUSC 319 A, 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 Vocal Ensemble
2
MUSC varies Elective
2

Theatre courses — a total of 29 credits

THEA 113 Introduction to the Theatre
3
THEA 230B 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 — a total of 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 public musical performances each year at Marywood and is required to audition for all dance and musical theatre productions. In addition, a musical theatre major must attend all master classes and workshops offered in 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

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 or Theatre Education (15 credits):

THEA 113 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
THEA 130A 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 (74 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/K­12 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 ELL 3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching