Chairperson and Associate Professor: Richard St George, MFA, Illinois State University. Assistant Professor and Set Designer: P. G. Ralph, MA, University of Michigan. Technical Director/Lighting Designer: Gary Musante, MFA, University of Michigan. Costume Designer: Gail Argetsinger, MA, Bowling Green State University; Production Manager: Michael Krickmire, MFA, Illinois State University.
Synthesizing liberal studies with career-oriented theatre and drama training, the Department of Theatre is dedicated to the preparation of students for successful acting and technical theatre careers in professional and semiprofessional venues, while simultaneously enriching the cultural life of the College and surrounding community through the public presentation of quality theatre productions. Theatre education is relevant in many applications and, not surprisingly, a theatre background is useful to and enriching for people in many different occupations.
While the Department of Theatre does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as determined through the advisement process.
THE 500 Theatre Viewing. Provides students with the tools and opportunity to critically analyze, evaluate, and appreciate theatre productions. Students view several professional theatre productions and participate in backstage tours and discussion with artistic staff. 3 Cr.
THE 514 American Theatre. Covers theatre as an aspect of American culture from 1668 to the present. 3 Cr.
THE 522 Acting IV. Prerequisite: THE 323 or 422 or instructor's permission. Examines specific acting techniques pertaining to various periods, particularly Elizabethan, Restoration, and others selected by the instructor. 3 Cr.
THE 526 Improvisational Studio. Covers the development of physical, vocal and improvisational techniques for ensemble playing; and traditional and contemporary techniques of improvisation. Requires experimentation leading to the development of original material; and research and a practicum in the application of dramatic process to a specific learning situation. 3 Cr.
THE 530 Children's Theatre Mini-tour. Prerequisites: THE 281 and 353, and instructor's permission. Requires students to produce and perform drama in educational settings, and/or community centers on an extended run accompanied by workshops with children. 3 Cr.
THE 550 Field Experience in Theatre. Requires students to identify methods, techniques and procedures involved in the project studies; perform these functions and/or observations; and plan a design for implementing the project in a different situation. 3 Cr.
THE 583 Creative Drama Practicum. Prerequisite: THE 281 or teaching experience. Focuses on creative drama for children and training leaders to guide youth in informal drama. Requires students to independently guide groups of children in a given dramatic form to ideas and stories. 3 Cr
THE 590 Special Topics in Theatre Production. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Covers advanced directing and advanced problems in scenery, costume and lighting. Topic and instructional methodology is defined by the instructor. 3 Cr.
THE 599 Independent Study in Theatre. Designed individually through consultation between the student and instructor to suit the student's needs and interests and the special competence of the instructor. Additional requirements may be established by the department. 3 Cr.