Department of Theatre

Chair:  Prof. Lori Siekmann

The Theatre Department educates students to understand, appreciate and produce theatre in ways that reflect a Lutheran understanding of the Christian faith. Our academic programs incorporate both liberal arts and pre-professional elements to prepare students to be effective in a variety of theatre vocations and avocations. Our productions present high-quality entertainment that reflects the university's mission and values to both the campus community and the people of Orange County and beyond.

The Theatre major prepares students for careers in acting, directing and technical theatre as well as for graduate programs in these areas. All theatre majors take a set of required classes and then choose either an Acting/Directing or Design/Technical Production emphasis. Students are encouraged to be well-rounded professionals who are prepared for a variety of careers in the arts, entertainment and theatre education fields.

Theatre Program Learning Outcomes

Theatre in Historical and Global Context

  • Students will engage in scholarship or creative activity that reflects knowledge of significant theatre art, past and present.

Theatrical Artistry: Oral Communication

  • Students will effectively utilize oral communication skills to discuss, create, analyze and present theatrical work. 

Theatrical Artistry: Written Communication

  • Students will effectively utilize written communication skills to create, analyze and present theatrical work. 

Critical Thinking in Research

  • Students will utilize scholarly resources and related material to evaluate and/or create points of view.

Interaction of Faith and Artistry

  • Students will articulate their own theological and philosophical perspectives and apply them to artistic visions and choices.

Theatrical Artistry—Acting & Directing

  • Students will effectively utilize tools and techniques to act and direct theatrical art.

Theatrical Artistry—Design & Technical Production

  • Students will effectively utilize different technical elements that contribute to the theatrical whole.

Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Theatre

Emphases:

  • Acting and Directing 

  • Design and Technical Production 

Theatre

Core
THR 251Introduction to Theatre3
THR 261Acting I3
THR 311Stagecraft3
THR 321Introduction to Theatrical Design3
THR 351Play Direction I3
THR 390Practicum: Theatre (Theatre Major)2
THR 489Theatre: Professional Preparation1
ENG 387Modern and Contemporary Drama3
or ENG 466 Shakespeare
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Theatre and Culture I3
Theatre and Culture II3
Contemporary Theatre and Culture3
Emphasis
Choose 1 of the following emphases23-24
Total Units50-51

Emphases

Acting and Directing

THR 241Voice and Movement for the Actor3
THR 262Acting II4
THR 371Acting III4
THR 381Acting in Musical Theatre3
THR 451Play Direction II3
Choose 2 of the following courses not completed in the Core:6-7
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Shakespeare3
Performance Studies and Readers Theatre3
Theatre and Culture I3
Theatre and Culture II3
Contemporary Theatre and Culture3
Advanced Script Analysis3
Creative Drama and Improvisation3
Acting IV4
Theatre Showcase3
Internship: Theatre3
Total Units23-24

Design and Technical Production

THR 211Computer Aided Design3
THR 323Period Styles of Design3
THR 325Scenic Design3
THR 327Lighting and Sound Design3
THR 329Costume Design3
Choose 3 of the following courses not completed in the Core:9
Drawing I3
Drawing II3
Painting I3
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Shakespeare3
Theatre and Culture I3
Theatre and Culture II3
Contemporary Theatre and Culture3
Advanced Script Analysis3
Theatre Showcase3
Internship: Theatre3
Total Units24

Undergraduate Minors

Theatre

Musical Theatre

Theatre Design and Technical Production

Theatre Minor

Core
THR 251Introduction to Theatre3
THR 261Acting I3
THR 262Acting II4
THR 351Play Direction I3
Additional Courses
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Theatre and Culture I3
Theatre and Culture II3
Contemporary Theatre and Culture3
Choose 1 of the following courses not completed above:3
Modern and Contemporary Drama3
Shakespeare3
Introduction to Theatrical Design3
Performance Studies and Readers Theatre3
Theatre and Culture I3
Theatre and Culture II3
Contemporary Theatre and Culture3
Creative Drama and Improvisation3
Total Units19

Musical Theatre Minor

Note: Students completing the Musical Theatre Minor are strongly encouraged to take MUS 102 in Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE) and at least 4 semesters of MUE ensemble credit (vocal or instrumental).

ESS 304Motor Learning and Control3
DAN 101Ballet I1
DAN 102Ballet II1
DAN 111Jazz Dance1
DAN 112Modern Dance1
DAN 141Tap Dance1
MUS 102Music Fundamentals3
MUVO__Applied Music Instruction: Voice4
THR 261Acting I3
THR 262Acting II4
THR 381Acting in Musical Theatre3
THR 390Practicum: Theatre (Theatre Major)2
Total Units27

Theatre Design and Technical Production Minor

THR 211Computer Aided Design3
THR 251Introduction to Theatre3
THR 311Stagecraft3
THR 321Introduction to Theatrical Design3
THR 323Period Styles of Design3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Scenic Design3
Lighting and Sound Design3
Costume Design3
Total Units21