Concentration in General Theatre

Students entering the General Theatre Concentration are prepared to enter the professional theatre field as well-rounded, renaissance artists and technicians. Students learn practical industry skills and conceptual techniques as they begin to develop an artist’s aesthetic and worldview. Through real-time production experiences, they learn to think on their feet, adapting to a rapid-paced, high-energy career in the performing arts. Along with their diplomas, students graduate with the confidence, skills, portfolios, and industry connections needed to pursue professional careers or seek appointments with graduate level programs. General Theatre Concentration students take a selection of courses from each concentration.

General courses required of all concentrations

  • Intro to Theatre: Theatre as an art and one of the humanities, its impact upon society, and its relationship to other art forms.

  • Intro to Performance: Imagination as the actor’s primary resource: acting exercises, compositions, improvisations to acquire the basic approach to text through action.

  • Stagecraft: Skills and craft of technical theatre. Knowledge of tools, materials, and techniques essential to production realization.

  • Storytelling: Study and practice of storytelling.

  • Text Analysis for Performance: Reading, researching and discussing representative play types to foster an understanding of concepts used in theatrical staging.

  • Theatre History I: Theatre from its origins through the Renaissance.

  • Theatre History II: Theatre history from the English Restoration of 1660 through the postwar developments in Europe and the Americas from 1945 to 1960. 

  • Self-Scripting and Performance Workshop: Study and practice of the processes of self-scripting (theatrical storytelling from personal experience) as a tool for all theatre artisans.