All students completing a major in the Department of Theatre and Dance should:
- Develop a working knowledge of the development of theatre or dance through historical and literary study.
- Develop a working knowledge of important artistic works that shaped the evolution of theatre or dance.
- Develop a working knowledge of and demonstrate an ability to apply a fundamental skill level of the basic areas of theatre or dance production, including various areas related to performance, design, technology, and management.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze literary, scholarly and artistic works related to theatre or dance.
- Demonstrate the ability to write with technical and analytical skill as well as artistic insight on theory, philosophy and artistry related to theatre or dance.
Option-Specific Learning Outcomes:
ACTING AND DIRECTING
- In addition to the department-wide learning outcomes for THDA students in theatre, upon completion of the major a THDA student with an option in Acting/Directing will:
- Achieve at least an intermediate level proficiency of acting fundamentals and other skills related to theatrical performance.
- Analyze plays for both the performance of roles and the direction of productions in a range of styles and genres.
- Gain greater access to his/her emotional spectrum.
- Develop self-sufficiency as a creative artist.
- Develop skills in the business of working as an actor and/or director.
- Learn the skills needed to be an artistic leader of a production.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic terminology and history of acting/directing.
- Analyze other actors’ performances and direction and offer constructive feedback.
- Communicate effectively with all other artists associated with a production (actors, designers, directors, technical staff).
- Be familiar with leading practitioners and theorists of the acting/directing process.