Advising Handbook for Theatre

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Ellen Margolis, Chair of Theatre & Dance
margolis@pacificu.edu

Jacob Coleman, Applied Theatre Instructor, coleman@pacificu.edu

Tal Sanders, Scenic and Lighting Designer/Technical Director
talsanders@pacificu.edu

Melissa Heller, Costume Designer
melheller@pacificu.edu

Programs

Theatre Major | Theatre Minor

More general information on other academic requirements can be found on the Academic Advising Handbook page. The Theatre and Applied Theatre section of the Academic Advising Handbook (pdf) and the Course Catalog (pdf) are available for download.

Theatre studies develop and encourage creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. We are committed to a high standard in the performing arts and to the rigorous study of performance from a liberal arts perspective.

Performance and production experiences are available to all students, regardless of major. Productions are typically cast, and crew assignments confirmed, at the beginning of each semester. Student who wish to be informed of upcoming opportunities should contact Dr. Margolis, margolis@pacificu.edu, to join the program's mailing list. We encourage all students to become involved!

Students can major or minor in Applied Theatre or Theatre. Students interested in any theatre degree should contact the Department Chair to plan their studies.

Graduates of our program typically go on to work in the theatre, education, or other creative professions.

Because the Theatre major is relatively small in terms of credit hours, many students choose to double major, combining this major with studies in media, languages, literature, music, art or the social or natural sciences.

Theatre majors should consult with their advisor regarding Internships during their junior year.

Theatre Major

Students who wish to perform in theatre productions at Pacific should take THEA 110 (Beginning Acting) in their first year.

Students planning to major in Theatre are encouraged to take THEA 110, 120, and 180 as freshmen or sophomores, and THEA 210 or 220 by the end of their junior year.

Because the Theatre major is relatively small in terms of credit hours; many students choose to double major, combining this major with studies in media, languages, literature, music, art, or the social or natural sciences.d

Many Theatre majors complete Internships with local professional theatres as part of their education; students should confer with Theatre faculty to arrange for internships.

Theatre majors should consult with the Director of Theatre about a Capstone project by spring of their junior year.

Requirements for Theatre Major

  • THEA 110 | Acting I: Fundamentals (2)
  • THEA 112 | Acting: Advanced Fundamentals (2)
  • THEA 120 | Technical Theatre (4)

4 credits from the following, with no more than 2 credits in any one area (such as Performance, Lighting, etc) counting toward completion of this requirement (4)

  • THEA 150/450 Theatre Company: Performance
  • THEA 151/451 Theatre Company: Gen Technical Theatre
  • THEA 152/452 Theatre Company: Costume and Makeup
  • THEA 153/453 Theatre Company: Lighting
  • THEA 154/454 Theatre Company: Org and Management
  • THEA 156/456 Theatre Company: Run Crew/Board

Additional Required Coursework for the Minor

  • THEA 180 | Script Analysis (4)
  • APT 215 | Applied Theatre Workshop (4)
  • THEA 210 | Acting II or THEA 220 | Introduction to Theatrical Design (4)
  • THEA 330 or 333 | Directing I (4)
  • THEA 350 | Theatre History and Dramatic Literature I (4)
  • THEA 360 |Theatre History and Dramatic Literature II (4)
  • THEA 495 | Thesis (Directing, research, playwriting, choreography, design, performance, or other; learning contract required) (4)
  • Elective credits in Applied Theatre, Theatre, or Dance, chosen in consultation with Theatre faculty.

Total: 46 credits

Requirements for Theatre Minor

The department also offers a minor in Theatre.

  • THEA 110 | Acting I (2)
  • THEA 120 | Technical Theatre 4

Two credits from the following with no more than 1 credit in any one area (such as Performance, Lighting, etc) counting toward completion of this requirement.

  • THEA 150/450 Theatre Company: Performance
  • THEA 151/451 Theatre Company: Gen. Technical Theatre
  • THEA 152/452 Theatre Company: Costume and Make-up
  • THEA 153/453 Theatre Company: Lighting and Set
  • THEA 154/454 Theatre Company: Org and Management
  • THEA 156/456 Theatre Company: Run Crew/Board

Additional Required Coursework for the Minor

  • THEA 180 | Script Analysis (4)
  • One of the following (4)
    • THEA 210 | Acting II
    • THEA 220 | Introduction to Theatrical Design
  • One of the following (4)
    • THEA 350 | Theatre History/Literature I
    • THEA 360 | Theatre History/Literature II
  • Additional upper-division Theatre or Applied Theatre electives: 4 credits

Total: 24 credits

 

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