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College
College of the Arts
Department
School of Theatre and Dance

Dance Division
D-101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
E-mail: dance@kent.edu
Tel: 330-672-2069
Fax: 330-672-2889
Web: http://www.dance.kent.edu

Theatre Division
B141 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2082
E-mail: theatre@kent.edu
Web: www.theatre.kent.edu

 

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies gives students an opportunity for study in all aspects of theatre and its relationship to other liberal arts studies. This program serves students who seek a wider range of possibilities to fulfill individual creative goals, whether as theatre artists, scholars, educators, and/or contributors in related fields. Students receive thorough grounding in theatre history and theory and learn imaginative and critical thinking, the process of making theatre, and leadership skills. Each student may choose a concentration of elective choices in one of four areas: Performance, Production, Theatre Management or Theatre and Society. The program prepares students to apply their knowledge and learned skills to career choices in the 21st century and in the process enrich their own lives in their chosen communities.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is designed for students who wish to specialize in a specific area of theatre or dance (design and technology, musical theatre, dance performance or dance education) and requires successful completion of an audition for the musical Theatre and Dance degrees. The students must demonstrate evidence of continued growth and competency in the chosen specialty via yearly evaluations.

Design/technology fosters the artistic development of theatre designers, technicians and artisans so they can successfully enter the profession and /or its related fields. Students study both traditional theatre practices and new methods, materials and technologies in order to become flexible, dynamic and creative collaborators in theatre art. Students must demonstrate continued progress through annual portfolio reviews, course work and production responsibilities. B.F.A. design /technology students are expected to complete a significant production assignment each semester. The B.F.A. candidate is expected to develop theatre skills equal to entry-level positions in the profession or as required for admissions into Masters of Fine Arts programs.

Musical Theatre offers students interdisciplinary academic and creative experiences that prepare them to be working artists in the field of musical theatre. Students develop practical skills in music, dance and acting in conjunction with concentrated work in theory, history and liberal arts. Students must demonstrate continuing progress and are thus evaluated annually through auditions, coursework and production responsibilities.  The B.F.A. candidate is expected to develop theatre, vocal and/or dance skills equal to entry-level positions in the profession or as expected for admission into Master of Fine Arts programs.

Career Opportunities

Employment in the theater, and in other performing arts companies, is cyclical—higher in the fall and spring seasons—and concentrated in New York and other major cities with large commercial houses for musicals and touring productions. Also, many cities support established professional regional theaters that operate on a seasonal or year-round basis.

Many smaller, nonprofit professional companies, such as repertory companies, dinner theaters, and theaters affiliated with drama schools, acting conservatories, and universities, provide employment opportunities for local amateur talent and professional entertainers. Auditions typically are held in New York for many productions across the country and for shows that go on the road.

Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

Dancers and choreographers worked in a variety of industries, such as public and private educational services, which includes dance studios and schools, as well as colleges and universities; performing arts companies, which include dance, theater, and opera companies; and amusement and recreation venues, such as casinos and theme parks.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

Transfer Students: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement (2.0 cumulative GPA), students wishing to enter the Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theatre concentration in Theatre Studies must successfully complete an audition for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Students electing admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies are not required to present an audition. Inquiries can be directed to the Undergraduate Coordinator, School of Theatre Dance, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44240-0001 (or call 330-672-2082).

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies: Applicants in Musical Theatre must pass an audition to enter a B.F.A. degree concentration in the School of Theatre and Dance. Inquiries can be directed to the Undergraduate Coordinator, School of Theatre Dance, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44240-0001 (or call 330-672-2082).

Entrance to the B.F.A. program is based on a rigorous audition. Students who pass the audition will be invited to enroll in the B.F.A. program upon beginning classes at Kent State. All B.F.A. students are required to be evaluated on a yearly basis. Musical Theatre and Dance auditions are held every fall and spring for entrance the following fall. There are also Dance program auditions in August just prior to the start of the fall semester. Students applying for the B.F.A. in Design/Technology may enter the program directly.

The B.F.A. in musical theatre is an interdisciplinary program offered with the Dance Division of the School of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music. Application to the B.F.A. in musical theatre requires an audition in each of the three performance areas: dance, music and theatre. The students must display talent and training potential in all areas to be admitted to the program. Students who pass the musical theatre audition will be admitted directly into the B.F.A. program at the beginning of their freshman year. Students who pass the Dance Division auditions are also admitted directly into the B.F.A. program at the beginning of their freshman year.

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies requires a minimum 121 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. As well as a minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.500 GPA in major required for graduation.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies requires 121 total credit hours for the Design and Technology concentration and 123 for the Musical Theatre concentration. Both concentrations require a minimum 39 upper-division hours for graduation, as well as a minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.500 GPA in major required for graduation.

Students will be dropped from the B.F.A. program for failure of audition or portfolio review. Students on academic probation may not participate in any School of Theatre and Dance productions. Students in all the Bachelor's of Fine Arts program areas may be dropped from the program for failure to maintain a 2.500 GPA (B.F.A. students should strive to maintain a 3.000 overall GPA).

The students in the musical theatre concentration must pass yearly auditions and are expected to audition for all mainstage theatre productions and accept roles if cast.

The students in the design/technology concentration must pass yearly portfolio reviews and are expected to participate in at least one mainstage production per semester (this may be in addition to any production design assignment).

Program Learning Outcomes

B.A.:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical styles and techniques.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of playwriting and production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces
  3. Develop intermediate to advanced competence in one or more theatre specializations in creation, performance or scholarship.
  4. Become acquainted with a diverse selection of theatre repertory including the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
  5. Demonstrate (through both verbal and written articulation of ideas and vocabulary as well as in actual practice) an understanding of the basic process involved in mounting a theatre production.
  6. Demonstrate ability to form and defend value judgments about theatre.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of common theatrical elements and the interaction of those elements through both written and practicum work.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to think conceptually and critically about text, performance, and production.

B.F.A.:

Design and Technology concentration:

  1. Demonstrate ability to conceptualize and realize a design aesthetic consistent with the overall artistic concepts of a production.
  2. Demonstrate ability to understand and articulate basic elements and principles of design theory.
  3. Demonstrate ability to understand and articulate basic elements and principles of composition related to line, shape, color, texture and sound.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetic use of color.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of aesthetic use of sound.
  6. Demonstrate ability to communicate design ideas and realities to other personnel involved in the production, including directors, other designers, stage managers and actors.
  7. Demonstrate ability to produce and communicate design ideas with freehand drawings.
  8. Demonstrate ability to provide formalized, accurate production models and drawings by hand and/or through the use of current industry stand software programs.
  9. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the total design process, including the progression raw materials through multiple design "shops" and the roles that various craftspeople play in the creation of a finished product.
  10. Acquire knowledge of federal, state and local health and safety codes, best practices, and industry standards as they relate to theatrical venues and production elements.
  11. Prepare and present a professional resume and a portfolio of design- and technology-related work that demonstrate one's abilities, strengths, processes, and experiences.
  12. Acquire experiences in the design/technology aspects of theatre in a variety of formal and informal settings.

Musical Theatre concentration:

  1. Demonstration of the highest possible level of performance as a singer-actor or singer/actor/dancer as evidenced in auditions and juries conducted by faculty and guest professionals.
  2. Demonstration (in both verbal and written articulation as well as in actual practice) of expertise in music performance and basic theory, basic dance technique and performance, as well as a variety of acting styles.
  3. Demonstration of how acting works serves as a foundation (or “through line”) in all three interrelated disciplines of performance.
  4. Demonstration of correct, safe and aesthetically pleasing technique in the execution of movement skills
  5. Demonstration of correct, safe and aesthetically pleasing technique in the execution of vocal performance, sight-singing, musicianship, and music theory.
  6. Opportunities for performance in workshops and full productions of musical theatre in a variety of formal and informal settings.  Performance of a significant role in at least one full production during advanced study.
  7. Develop repertory and techniques for auditions.
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee

$100/semester

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Theatre

Student Organizations

Black Theater Association; Musical Theatre Student Organization; Portage County Players; Theater Roundtable, Alpha Psi Omega, Transform Theatre, Students Striving for the Enhancement of Technical Theatre.

Advanced Degree Programs

Theatre Studies: Acting, Design (M.F.A.)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (43 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  THEA 11100 Making Theatre: Culture and Practice 2
    11303 The Art of Acting 3
    11722 Fundamentals of Production I: Scenery, Stagecraft and Sound 2
    11723 Fundamentals of Production Laboratory I: Scenery 1
    11724 Fundamentals of Production Laboratory II: Props and Scenic Art 1
    11732 Fundamentals of Production II: Costumes, Lighting and Projections 2
    11733 Fundamentals of Production Laboratory III: Costumes 1
    11734 Fundamentals of Production Laboratory IV: Lighting, Sound and Projections 1
    21111 Script Analysis 3
    31110 History of Theatre and Drama I 3
    31111 History of Theatre and Drama II 3
ELR   41900 Capstone Project 3
  Choose an additional course from one of the concentrations other than your own 3
  Practicum Electives: choose six credit hours from the following 6
ELR THEA 22092 Practicum I: Design and Technology (3)*  
ELR   42092 Practicum II: Design and Technology (3)*  
  Choose three courses from the following: Theatre Electives at least one course must be writing intensive (WIC) 9
WIC DAN 47163 Dance History II (3)**  
  THEA 41010 Theatre and Social Change (3)  
WIC   41026 Playwriting (3)**  
DD   41113 Theatre in Multicultural America (3)  
DD   41115 LGBTQ Theatre (3)  
    41130 Theatre and Drama in America (3)  
WIC   41140 American Musical Theatre History (3)**  
    41191 Variable Content Seminar: Theatre History/Literature/Theory (3)  
WIC   41620 History of Period Styles for Theatre Designers (3)**  
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (56 credits)  
Type Title   Credits
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Additional 6
  General Electives (minimum 15 upper-division credit hours)*** 20
IV. Concentration PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)
  Production Concentration (21)  
  Performance Concentration (21)  
  Theatre Management Concentration (21)  
  Theatre and Society Concentration (21)  
MINIMUM TOTAL  121


*Course is repeatable

**A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned in either DAN 47163, THEA 41026 or THEA 41110 or THEA 41140 to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

***No minor is required. Students may take further courses in theatre or outside of the school as desired. If students are seeking licensure for teaching in public schools, 3 credit hours of electives may be used for courses in an appropriate academic minor in addition to the minor required in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. Minimum 15 credit hours must be upper division, which may be decreased if upper-division courses are taken as part of THEA electives.

Additional Note for the BA Theatre Studies program: Students on academic probation may not participate in School of Theatre and Dance productions. Students may be dropped from the program for failure to maintain a 2.50 GPA

 

Performance Concentration

For semster-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. Concentration REQUIREMENTS (21 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  Choose from the following 21
  THEA 21016 Makeup for Stage and Screen (3)  
    21303 Acting Process (3)  
    21700 Movement I (3)  
    21800 Voice I (3)  
ELR   22192 Practicum I: Performance* (3)  
    31303 Character and Scene Study I (3)  
    31304 Character and Scene Study II (3)  
    31401 Directing (3)  
    31701 Movement II (3)  
    31801 Voice II (3)  
    41095 Special Topics: Variable Performance Seminars (3)  
    41301 Acting for the Camera I (3)  
    41302 Acting for the Camera II (3)  
    41305 Professional Aspects: Performance (3)  
    41308 Musical Theatre Audition (3)  
    41529 Advanced Wig and Makeup Techniques - Stage and Screen (3)  
    41702 Movement and Dance for the Actor (3)  
    41802 Ensemble Singing (2)  
ELR   42192 Practicum II: Performance* (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 21

*This course is repeatable

 

Production Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
 

I. Concentration REQUIREMENTS (21 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  Choose from the following 21
  THEA 21016 Makeup for Stage and Screen (3)  
    21201 Introduction to American Musical Theatre (3)  
    21524 Costume Design (3)  
    21621 Scene Painting (3)  
    21622 Scene Design (3)  
    21736 Stage Management (3)  
ELR   22092 Practicum I: Design and Technology* (3)  
ELR   22192 Practicum I: Performance* (3)  
ELR   22292 Practicum I: Management* (3)  
    31560 Scenic Technology (3)  
    41017 Readers Theatre (2)  
WIC   41026 Playwriting (3)  
    41027 Advanced Playwriting (3)  
    41095 Special Topics: Variable Production Seminars (3)  
    41130 Theatre and Drama in America (3)  
WIC   41140 American Musical Theatre History (3)  
    41191 Variable Content Seminar: Theatre History/Literature/Theory (3)  
    41736 Production and Stage Management (3)  
ELR   42092 Practicum II: Design and Technology* (3)  
ELR   42192 Practicum II: Performance* (3)  
ELR   42292 Practicum II: Management* (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 21

*This course is repeatable

 

Theatre Management Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
 

I. Concentration REQUIREMENTS (21 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  Choose from the following 21
  DAN 47156 Dance Production (3)  
  THEA 20202 Musical Theory I (3)  
    20203 Musical Theory II (3)  
    21521 Theatrical Drafting (3)  
    21523 Costume Technology (3)  
    21736 Stage Management (3)  
ELR   22092 Practicum I: Design and Technology* (3)  
ELR   22292 Practicum I: Management*  
    31401 Directing (3)  
    31560 Scenic Technology (3)  
    41095 Special Topics: Variable Management Seminars (3)  
    41096 Independent Study (3)  
    41191 Variable Content Seminar: Theatre History/Literature/Theory* (3)  
    41523 Sound Design and Technology I (3)  
    41527 Sound Design and Technology II (3)  
    41528 Theatre Sound Reinforcement (3)  
    41726 Theatre Management (3)  
    41736 Production and Stage Management (3)  
ELR   42092 Practicum II: Design and Technology* (3)  
ELR   42292 Practicum II: Management* (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 21

*This course is repeatable

 

Theatre and Society Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
 

I. Concentration REQUIREMENTS (21 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  Choose from the following 21
  DAN 47063 Dance History I (3)  
WIC   47163 Dance History II (3)  
ELR THEA 22192 Practicum I: Performance* (3)  
    31401 Directing (3)  
    40091 Variable topics Seminar: Devising Theatre (3)  
    41010 Theatre and Social Change (3)  
    41017 Readers Theatre (2)  
WIC   41026 Playwriting (3)  
    41027 Advanced Playwriting (3)  
    41095 Special Topics* (3)  
DD   41113 Theatre in Multicultural America (3)  
DD   41115 LGBTQ Theatre (3)  
WIC   41140 American Musical Theatre History (3)  
WIC   41620 History of Period Styles for Theatre Designers (3)  
ELR   42192 Practicum II: Performance*  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 21

*This course is repeatable