General Theatre Concentration

General Theatre Overview

Generalists explore a selection of courses from both the performance and design and technology concentrations within the context of the liberal arts. Students emerge as well-rounded, renaissance artists and technicians who begin to develop an artist’s aesthetic and world-view. Through real-time production experiences, students learn to think critically and creatively, adapting to the rapid-paced, high-energy world of the performing arts. Students develop the confidence, skills, portfolios, and industry connections needed to pursue a broad base of careers in the performing arts and other disciplines, or pursue further study at the graduate level.

General courses required of all concentrations

  • 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.
  • 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.