Theatre Arts

FACULTY Professors Huberman; Associate Professor Snyder (Interim Co-Chair); Assistant Professors Arnold, Lohman, Lowell, Temporary Assistant Professor Stern; (Interim Co-Chair)/Artist-in-Resident Kanoff.

Mission

The Department of Theatre Arts is an artistic and educational community that values creativity, innovation, and imagination fired by passion, balanced with excellence in craftsmanship, and tempered with discipline and knowledge.

Our mission is to educate theatre artists and their audiences in the intellectual foundations, global traditions, and creative processes of the art of theatre.

The Department of Theatre Arts is committed to being a prominent educational theatre program nationally recognized for our global perspective, our commitment to excellence in creative expression and scholarship, and for providing a multifaceted educational experience within a nurturing, student-focused environment.

Founded on the best traditions of a comprehensive education, we offer our students exceptional opportunities to interact with leading theatre professionals through the Iben Lectureship and internships, the challenge of taking a leadership role in the collaborative process, and an open invitation to be a part of an artistic home that unites faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

The Department of Theatre Arts fosters academic achievement, artistic and educational collaboration, freedom of expression, and personal integrity. We stress dignity and respect of the individual and the practice of inclusiveness.

Above all, we believe in the power of the theatre to influence our changing world.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program in Theatre Arts requires successful admission to Bradley University. Students desiring to pursue a concentration in performance or production are required to audition or present a design/theatre technology portfolio prior to admission to the concentration. Students will be required to demonstrate basic talents and the potential to grow as theatre artists as well as the commitment and discipline essential for successful completion of their studies.

The Performance Concentration audition shall consist of two contrasting monologues, one serious and one comic, plus an optional 16 bars of music. The entire audition should not exceed three minutes.

The Production Concentration portfolio consists of material such as photographs; drafting, drawings, and sketches of scenery, props, costumes, art, and/or make-up projects; light plots; CAD projects; sound recording; and a stage manager’s promptbook. The entire portfolio presentation review should not exceed ten minutes.

For more information, contact the department chairperson.

Minor

The department also offers a minor in theatre arts.

Major Requirements

In addition to university and college requirements, theatre arts majors must earn a C or better in every required course for the major and maintain a 2.5 grade point average in all theatre courses. Students may not enroll in a theatre arts course for which a required course is a prerequisite unless they have earned a C or better in the required course.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Theatre Arts

All majors must complete the following requirements. Completion of a concentration in performance of production is optional.

  • THE 115 Fundamentals of Acting - 3 hrs.
  • THE 121 The Creative Process of Theatre - 3 hrs.
  • THE 125 Stagecraft - 3 hrs.
  • THE 131 Introduction to the Theatre* - 3 hrs.
  • THE 223 Theatrical Producing - 3 hrs.
  • THE 226 Fundamentals of Design - 3 hrs.
  • THE 230 Costume Construction - 3 hrs.
  • THE 316 Fundamentals of Directing - 3 hrs.
  • THE 336 History of Theatre and Drama I - 3 hrs.
  • THE 337 History of Theatre and Drama II - 3 hrs.
  • THE 338 History of Theatre and Drama III - 3 hrs.
  • THE 439 Global Encounters - 3 hrs.
  • Practicum - 3 hrs.

Total hours required for major: 39

*Note: this course does not satisfy the General Education Fine Arts requirement for Theatre Arts majors.

Performance Concentration

Audition required.

Major requirements, plus:

  • THE 201 Voice for the Actor* - 3 hrs.
  • THE 203 Movement for the Actor* - 3 hrs.
  • THE 215 Intermediate Acting - 3 hrs.
  • THE 310 Junior Seminar - 3 hrs.
  • THE 315 Advanced Acting** - 3 hrs.
  • THE 410 Senior Seminar - 1 hr.
  • THE 415 Acting: Period Styles - 3 hrs.
      *Students interested in directing may substitute THE 201 or THE 203 with one of the following courses: THE 326, THE 329, or THE 330.

    ** Students interested in directing must substitute THE 315 for three credit hours of THE 317.

Total additional hours required for the concentration: 19

Production Concentration

Audition required in addition to portfolio review.

Major requirements, plus:

  • THE 225 Advanced Stagecraft* - 3 hrs.
  • THE 229 CADD for Theatre* - 3 hrs.
  • THE 310 Junior Seminar - 3 hrs.
  • THE 326 Stage Lighting - 3 hrs.
  • THE 329 Scenic Design - 3 hrs.
  • THE 330 Costume Design - 3 hrs.
  • THE 410 Senior Seminar - 1 hr.
    * These courses may be taken during the sophomore or senior year.

Total additional hours required for the concentration: 19

Minor Requirements

The Department of Theatre Arts offers a minor. Theatre Arts minors are encouraged to take THE 131 Introduction to Theatre as their General Education Fine Arts course.

  • THE 107/108, 207/208, 307/308, or 407/408 Practicum - 3 hrs.
  • THE 115 Fundamentals of Acting - 3 hrs.
  • THE 121 The Creative Process of Theatre - 3 hrs.
  • THE 125 Stagecraft - 3 hrs.
  • THE 316 Fundamentals of Directing - 3 hrs.
  • THE 336, 337, or 338 History of Theatre & Drama - 3 hrs.

Total hours required for the minor: 18