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Graduate Catalog

Department of Theatre

(585) 395-2478

Interim Chair and Associate Professor: P. Gibson Ralph, MA, University of Michigan. Professor: Oh-Kon Cho, PhD, Michigan State University. Associate Professors: William Hullfish, Jr., EdD, SUNY Buffalo; Richard St George, MFA, Illinois State University. Assistant Professor and Costume Designer: Gail Argetsinger, MA, Bowling Green State University. Assistant Professors: Davida Bloom, PhD, University of Colorado; Ruth Childs, MFA, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Technical Director/Lighting Designer: Gary Musante, MFA, University of Michigan. Lecturer and 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 SUNY Brockport 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.


Theatre Courses

THE 500 Theatre Viewing. Provides students with the tools and opportunity to critically analyze, evaluate, and appreciate theatre productions. Allows students to view several professional theatre productions and participate in backstage tours and discussion with artistic staff. 3 Cr.

THE 510 Contemporary Women Playwrights. Cross-listed as WMS 510. Examines selected works by 20th-century female playwrights from America, Africa, China, and England, (with units on African-American, Chicana, lesbian, and Asian-Amerian writers) in the context of feminist theory as it applies to theatre practices. Includes explorations of the ways in which contemporary female playwrights present gender and gendred experiences as staged with multiple cultural contexts. 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.

  The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at for current information.