Theatre

  • Terry K. Southerington, department head
    Doreen Bechtol, Kerry Cooke, Matt Davies, Sarah Kennedy, Paul Menzer, Allan Moyé

  • Requirements for the Major in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Theatre

    Core requirements

    24.5–25.5 s.h.

    MUS 100 or MUS 226
    MUS 105 or MUS 111
    Three credits of Music Electives (Students are highly encouraged to fulfill these with Applied Music Lessons and/or ensemble)
    THEA 114
    THEA 121 or THEA 111
    THEA 105, THEA 110, FILM 119, or 3 s.h. of THEA 210
    One of the following: PHE 140, PHE 144A, PHE 146,  PHE 147, PHE 148,  PHE 149, or PHE 150.
    Introduction to the Performing Arts
    THEA 401, MUS 401, or FILM 401

    Concentration in Theatre

    Fulfillment of core requirements

    From the core choose:
    THEA 105 or 110
    THEA 114
    THEA 121
    THEA 401

    Additional requirements (14 s.h.):
    THEA 210 taken twice
    THEA 221
    One of the following: THEA 217, THEA 218, THEA 219, THEA 270, or THEA 400
    One elective from THEA or REN (undergraduate students may take up to 2 graduate courses without additional fees)
    Strongly recommended: Both THEA 105 and THEA 110

    Senior Requirement: Successful completion of THEA 400 and an approved senior project registered as THEA 401 during the senior year.

    Note: Theatre majors who entered Mary Baldwin prior to August 2016 should consult the 2015–16 Catalog for a list of requirements.

    Major in Arts Management/Theatre

    Please see Arts Management, Theatre

    Requirements for the Minor in Theatre

    21 semester hours
    THEA 105 or THEA 110
    THEA 114
    THEA 115
    THEA 121
    THEA 105 or THEA 110 not taken above OR  FILM/THEA 119,
    THEA 210 OR 211
    One of the following: THEA 217, THEA 218, THEA 219, or THEA 270

    Note: At least 9 semester hours must be taken with on-campus MBU faculty.

    3-2 Program for BA/MLitt

    Students may pursue a bachelor of arts and master of letters (3–2 program) that allows completion of the BA in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Theatre and the MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance in five years. Students should see Terry Southerington during their freshman year to discuss requirements.

  • Civic Engagement Opportunities

    • Theatre in the Community engages students in theatre communities beyond the university.
    • Theatre students work with school and community theatres through service learning contracts or directed inquiries.
    • Student teachers with theatre majors are encouraged to incorporate theatre in their student teaching.
    • International course offerings explore the role of theatre in community and public life in London and Paris.
  • 105 Basic Theatre Production: Scene and Light (3 s.h.) (A)
    A brief introduction to the  technical aspects of production in set, lights, sound and props. Extensive work in MBU theatre productions is required. No previous knowledge is necessary.

    110 Basic Theatre Production: Costumes and Stage Management (3 s.h.) (A)
    A brief introduction to the technical aspect of production in costumes, makeup, and stage management.  Extensive work in MBU theatre productions is required. No previous knowledge is necessary.

    111 Voice, Diction, and Oral Reading (3 s.h.) (O)
    Students set individual goals for development of the speaking voice, standard American diction, clear and expressive speech, and poise in public situations. The course is appropriate for students whose first language is English and for international students, who prepare readings to demonstrate progress toward their goals.

    114 Introduction to Theatre History (3 s.h.) (A, W)
    Students are introduced to Western theatre history and drama from the ancient Greeks to the Renaissance. Prerequisite for THEA 400.

    115 Introduction to Drama: Script Analysis (3 s.h.) (A, W)
    Students learn a system of play script analysis and apply it to significant plays of the modern and postmodern periods.

    119 Introduction to Film/Video Production (3 s.h.)
    For course description, see FILM 119 in the Film listing.

    121 Acting I (3 s.h.)
    The first college-level acting course. Through a series of exercises and scene work this course takes actors through the beginning steps of developing mind, body, and voice as tools for character development. No previous acting experience is required. This course is a prerequisite for further acting courses.

    208 London Theatre (3 s.h.) (I)
    Study-travel in London. Course fee includes air transportation from Washington DC, hotel, theatre tickets, and all scheduled performances and activities. The course must be taken P/NC and may be repeated for credit. *Prerequisites: Application by November 1 and permission of instructor. Alternate years.

    210 Production Practicum (credit varies) (M)
    Directed experience in acting, directing, or production in the Mary Baldwin University Theatre. In May Term, working conditions approximate those of the professional theatre, as enrolled students work full time. The course may be repeated for credit. *Prerequisites: Coursework or experience at MBU in the area of specialization and permission of instructor; no permission required for May Term.

    211 Theatre in the Community (credit varies) (C, M)
    Supervised experience in acting, designing, stage management, producing, directing or other areas of hands-on work in theatre in the community. Students are encouraged to propose work in theatre communities beyond the Staunton-Augusta region and to propose additional work that meets the criteria for global citizenship experience. *Prerequisites: Course work or experience at MBU in area of specialization and permission of instructor.

    216 Introduction to Shakespeare (3 s.h.) (H, R)
    For course description, see ENG 216 in the English listing.

    217 Continental Renaissance Drama (3 s.h.) (H)
    A survey of the canonized plays and dramatic theory of the non-English Renaissance. This comparative study of the major theatrical and theoretical works from the Italian Renaissance, Spanish Golden Age, and French Neoclassical period explores how these dramatic and critical works engage with their specific historical and cultural moment, and how they inform each other through cross-cultural exchanges. Offered every third year.*Prerequisite THEA 114.

    218 Shakespearean Drama in Context (3 s.h.)
    This course examines Shakespeare’s plays in their initial cultural context, and explores Shakespeare in new contexts through a study of modern and postmodern Shakespearean adaptations. Offered every third year . *Prerequisite THEA 114.

    219 Women in American Theatre and Drama (3 s.h.) (G)
    A survey of American plays by and about women and the contributions of American female theatre practitioners. This course traces the development of the role of women in American theatre by examining the work of diverse American female theatre artists (playwrights, directors, actors, producers, etc.) from over the past 100 years of American theatre history. Offered every third year. Cross listed as AMST 219 and WS 219.

    221 Acting II (3 s.h.)
    Introduction to acting styles of Stanislavski, Hagen, Laban, Bogart and others. Emphasis on monologues and audition pieces. *Prerequisite: THEA 121.

    229 Advanced Film/Video Production (3 s.h.)
    For course description, see FILM 229 in the Film listing.

    255 May Term in France (3 s.h.)
    For course description, see FREN 255 in the French listing.

    264 Screenwriting (3 s.h.) (W)
    For course description, see FILM 264 in the Film listing.

    270 African-American Theatre (3 s.h.) (D)
    This survey traces the history of African-American theatre from 1959 to the present through the study of representative plays and theatre practitioners. Cross-listed as AMST 270. Offered every third year.

    315 Early English Drama (3 s.h.)
    For course description, see ENG 315 in the English listing.

    321 Acting III (3 s.h.)
    This course allows students accomplished in acting to concentrate on their own areas of difficulty or experience with specific emphasis on portfolio and audition. This course may be repeated for credit. *Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Alternate years.

    323 Directing Methods (3s.h.)
    The director’s responsibilities and practices in play selection and analysis, casting, planning and coordination of technical elements, and conducting rehearsals and performances. Focus on academic and community theatre. Previous MBU acting and technical experience is required. Students who enroll in this course are expected to take THEA 324. *Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Alternate years.

    324 Directing Practicum (3 s.h.)
    Supervised directing experience. Each student casts and rehearses a one-act play and forms a concerted whole of the play text, actors, and production elements. Public performance constitutes the final exam. The course may be repeated for credit. *Prerequisites: THEA 323 and permission of instructor. May term. Alternate years.

    333 Film Theory and Criticism (3 s.h.)
    For course description, see FILM 333 in the Film listing.

    400 Seminar (3 s.h.) (O)
    This final course for theatre majors surveys Western theatre history and drama from the Restoration to the present. Through a series of paper projects, students examine canonized plays in relation to their specific cultural and theatrical contexts. Required of the theatre major; open to other students by permission of the instructor. *Prerequisites: THEA 114 and junior or senior standing.Alternate years.

    401 Senior Project (3 s.h.) (M)
    Students demonstrate their ability to apply their skills and knowledge to the work of the theatre, present and defend a written analysis of their work and experience, and evaluate their work against their contract goals and professional standards. *Prerequisites: senior status and permission of instructor.

    Note: Directed inquiries, teaching assistantships, and internships in theatre can be arranged on an individual basis.