Undergraduate Adviser: C. Baron
Graduate Coordinator: M. Kowsar
Associate Professors—Goto, Kowsar, Peters
Assistant Professors—Baron, Conboy, Washington
Minor in Drama
M.A. in Drama
M.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Concentration in Design/Technical Production
M.F.A. in Theatre Arts: Concentration in Performance
The curricula provide the student with background for advanced study in the dramatic arts, for teaching, or for a career in the professional theatre. As a center for the training of future theatre artists and audiences, the department is committed to introducing a divertsity of theatrical traditions and cultures to students. To this end, the department employs its four theatre spaces as learning laboratories, in which students collaborate with faculty and guest professionals; studio workshops and advanced stage productions in those theatres are the culmination of classroom study and rehearsal in and out of class.
The faculty members also often collaborate off-campus with area theatres, in ways that enlarge their experience and open new connections between students and the community. This contact with the community offers students an education grounded in practical professional stage practices as well as university classes and production on campus.
The diverse backgrounds of both faculty and students in the program provide our campus and community with a wealth of theatrical experiences and attractions. Graduates of the program have gone on to professional success in the Bay Area and elsewhere, with positions of leadership in theatre, television, film, and theatre education.
Fundamental to the major program is a core of required courses designed to develop understanding of essentials necessary as a foundation upon which to elect, upon advisement, one of the following areas of emphasis: acting, directing, general theatre arts, lyric theatre, technical theatre/design, or drama education.
The minor program is not a requirement for any credential or degree but it is intended to give the student an opportunity to pursue an interest in theatre arts on an organized basis.
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Theatre Arts is offered with concentrations in Performance and Design/Technical Production. The three-year Master of Fine Arts program is designed to provide rigorous, professional graduate training to prepare students for careers as professional theatre artists or artist teachers. In the performance concentration, students develop specialized skills in either or both emphases of acting and directing while in the design/technical production concentration the focus is on specialized skills in the areas of scene design, costume design, lighting design, and/or technical production management.
The M.F.A. program is organized to combine the elements of professional practice and scholarly work to project a production concept through a specific discipline. The philosophy of the curriculum is based on two necessities of the theatrical art: collaboration and discipline. Students progress through a full-time sequence of courses which trains them to work with other specialized theatre artists in realizing a total work of theatre, as well as to excel in their own chosen arts. The program is designed to develop the candidate's practical skills and personal strengths towards motivating communication, commitment, and support among the production group.
The Master of Arts in Drama provides for students wishing to expand their knowledge and increase their competence in the fields of history and literature of the theatre, acting, directing, theatre design, and production; seeking teaching credentials where the master's degree is required; and preparing for further graduate work elsewhere.
Theatre Arts classes and production work are also conducted, with professional supervision, in our Scene Shop, Costume Shop, Properties Shop, and Sound Design Laboratory. Some plays have also been staged outdoors, in front of the Student Center, with lighting provided by the California sun.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DRAMA
Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Theatre Arts discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
The core consists of the twenty-three units listed below while the area of emphasis consists of twenty-two units of required and elective courses. No fewer than twelve units, planned with and approved by an assigned adviser, must be taken in residence study.
Core Courses Units TH A 130 Acting Workshop I 3 TH A 310 Stage Scenery and Properties 2 TH A 313 Stage Lighting and Sound 2 TH A 315 Theatre Production Laboratory (1) 2 TH A 340 Principles of Directing 3 TH A 401 Theatre Backgrounds: 500 BC-1642* 3 TH A 402 Theatre Backgrounds: 1642-1900* 3 TH A 403 Theatre Backgrounds: 1900- Present* 3 TH A 515 Organization for Production 2 Area of Emphasis 22 Total** 45
Acting TH A 125 Movement I: Skills 3 TH A 223 Voice I: Skills 3 TH A 230 Acting Workshop II 3 TH A 312 Costuming and Make-up 2 TH A 315 Theatre Production: Technical Crew 1 TH A 330 Acting Workshop III 3 TH A 423 Voice II: Styles 3 TH A 430 Acting Workshop IV 3 Unit by advisement 1 Total 22
Directing TH A 210 Introduction to Design for Stage and Screen 3 TH A 230 Acting Workshop II 3 TH A 240 Evaluating the Theatrical Script for Production 3 TH A 412 History of Stage Costume 3 TH A 440 Acting/Directing Workshop 3 TH A 531 Styles of Acting 3 TH A 640 Directing: Collaborative Concepts 3 Unit by advisement 1 Total 22
General Theatre TH A 223 Voice I: Skills 3 TH A 312 Costuming and Make-up 2 TH A 315 Theatre Production: Technical Crew 1 TH A 519 Theatre Management 3 Units by advisement 13 Total 22Lyric Theatre
Twenty-two units of Theatre Arts on advisement. In addition, students are encouraged to take appropriate courses in music.
Technical Theatre/Design TH A 210 Introduction to Design for Stage and Screen 3 TH A 312 Costuming and Make-up 2 TH A 315 Theatre Production: Technical Crew 1 TH A 505 Historical Styles for the Theatre 3 Units chosen from the following: 9 TH A 410 Scene Design for Stage and Screen TH A 412 History of Stage Costume TH A 413 Stage Lighting Design TH A 415 Sound Design in Theatre TH A 510 Advanced Stagecraft Units by advisement 4 Total 22
Drama Education The department offers the Bachelor of Arts in Drama with an emphasis in Drama Education. This program is intended for those who wish to pursue the Single-Subject Credential in English with a drama emphasis. Students who are con- sidering teaching drama should consult a Theatre Arts adviser before planning their majors. Specific courses and a competency assessment are required for admission to the credential program in this area. For additional informa- tion, consult the Credentials Program Bulletin, and contact the Student Services Office in BH 130.*If a candidate has previously been credited with an appropriate equivalent course, either TH A 412 or 505 may be substituted with approval by an assigned adviser.
**The exception is the major in drama education, which requires a minimum of 48 units in English and Drama as approved for the Single Subject Credential in English with a drama emphasis.
MINOR IN DRAMA
A minimum of twenty-two units, of which at least eleven must be at the upper division level, should be planned with an assigned adviser.
MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE ARTS
Graduate Advisers—Eilenberg, Goto, Hampton, Howard, Hunt, Kowsar, Sinkkonen
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts: Concentration in Performance
Admission to the M.F.A. with Concentration in Performance has been suspended temporarily due to budget reductions and no new students are being admitted into it. Contact the department for further information.
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts: Concentration in Design/Technical Production
For general information on the degree, see "Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts."
Core Requirements Units TH A 705 Seminar: Performance and Production Theory 3 TH A 711 Collaborative Processes in Theatre 3 TH A 740 Play Production Concepts 3 TH A 757 Internship in Theatre 3 TH A 894 Creative Work Project 3 Total for core 15 Concentration One of the following: 3 TH A 701 Seminar: Theatre History and Historiography TH A 702 Seminar: Shakespearean Production Style TH A 710 Seminar in Stage Arts TH A 750 Design Studio 9 TH A 810 Advanced Practicum in Theatre 9 Electives on advisement 24 Total for concentration 45 Total for degree 60
Students must meet university departmental requirements, and must normally have completed an undergraduate major in Theatre Arts. Consideration is given to students with a strong undergraduate minor or other relevant work. Admission to the program is based on the Theatre Arts Graduate Committee's evaluation of a student's previous work and supportive materials.
All upper division courses in Theatre Arts in acting, directing, management, and design are acceptable upon advisement except: TH A 300, 310, 312, 313, 315, 335, 401, 402, and 403.
Core Requirements Units TH A 700 Theatre Research Methods 3 TH A 701 Seminar: Theatrical History and Historiography 3 TH A 707 Seminar: Theatrical Writing 1 TH A 709 Seminar: Dramatic Literature and Criticism 3 Other Requirements Selection of one from the following: 3 TH A 702 Seminar: Shakespearean Production Style TH A 703 Seminar: The American Stage TH A 704 Seminar: Contemporary Plays and Performance TH A 705 Seminar: Performance & Production Theory TH A 894 Creative Work Project or TH A 898 Master's Thesis 3 Upper division or graduate course in drama 3 Supporting upper division or graduate courses in related subjects approved by graduate major adviser 12 Minimum total 31 and Master's Comprehensive Written Examination (If failed may be repeated once only and must be repeated within a year of the failure.)
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