Bachelor of Arts inTheatre

Majoring in Theatre involves the study of theatrical works and their production. How can breathing and rhythm influence acting performances? How are the methods of creative dramatics applied in church settings? How are musical theatre performances choreographed? You’ll explore theatre history, playwriting, acting, and directing, as well as lighting, scenery and costume design, as you take 44 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Theatre Curriculum Overview

The Department of Theatre and Dance provides students with a challenging variety of theatrical experiences that enrich their artistic, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual lives. Students will experience a rich blend of traditional classroom, hands-on laboratory, and performance opportunities that help prepare students for entry into professional careers in theatre, graduate study, or to support and strengthen their abilities and expertise in other fields such as education, business, or ministry.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
THR - 101 Introduction to The Theatre 2

This course introduces the student to basic history, theory, production and performance elements of theatre arts. Students learn about theatre from many perspectives. In addition to studying primary and secondary materials, taking quizzes and/or tests, students participate in end of term individual or group projects. Attendance at area theatre productions required.

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Required: 29 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
THR - 111 Theatre in Practice I 1
THR - 221 Acting I 4
THR - 241 Script Analysis 4
THR - 251 Stagecraft 4
THR - 355 Scenic Design 4
THR - 356 Costume Design 4
THR - 357 Lighting & Sound 4
THR - 445 Theatre Hist, Theory & Lit I 4
THR - 446 Thtre Hist, Theory & Lit II 4
THR - 478 Directing 4

Concordia's theatre department, in service to campus and community, offers opportunities for involvement in major theatre productions, workshop dramas, and various experimental undertakings during the school year. Auditions for all productions are open to all Concordia students. This course can include work on theatrical productions as actors and/or crews.

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Through improvisation, monologue, and scene work, students learn and develop the basic techniques for approaching the acting process. These include relaxation, imagination, spontaneity, concentration, character analysis, and using the voice, face, and body to assist in creating a complete and complex character.

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Students will analyze a variety of performance texts from differing perspectives. A traditional approach incorporating literary analysis to understand the internal workings of the text on paper, will be combined with an examination of the text as it may be translated into performance, from the perspectives of the designer, director and actor.

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The course provides an introduction to the scope, tools, materials and practices of stagecraft and technical management in the theatre today. The course utilizes formal lectures, group discussion, outside projects, attendance at outside theatre productions and practical lab sessions to cover the material presented.

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This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques of scenery design. Three subject areas are combined to formulate the scope of the course: literature analysis, aesthetic design techniques and materials, pragmatic design production, and organization. Attendance at area theatre productions is required. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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This course will be an introduction to the art and practice of costume design. Emphasis will be on analysis of the costume design process and organization from script to design concept to the workable costume for the actor. Attendance at area theatre productions is required. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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This course is an introduction to the theory and the techniques of lighting and sound design for the stage. Three subject areas in both aspects of theatre will be discussed in this course: basic understanding and connection of the equipment, basic design, and a basic understanding of the aesthetics of sound and lighting design. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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A survey course covering the history, theory and literature of theatre from the beginnings of performance up to the early Renaissance in the west. Readings of primary sources are combined with secondary sources such as criticism, videos, and attendance at live theatre events to form a theoretical and historical context for specific periods of development and specific dramatic works.

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A survey course covering the history, theory and literature of theatre starting from the Renaissance in the west up to modern theatre of ÀperformanceÀ in the variety of contexts we may study today. Readings of primary sources is combined with secondary sources such as criticism, video, and attendance at live theatre events to form a theoretical and historical context for specific periods of development and specific dramatic works.

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Studio course focusing on the basic fundamentals of stage direction. Script analysis and directorial concepts are executed throughout the semester in preparation for a final prepared performance in the form of a one act play or excerpt from a full-length play. As directing requires knowledge of many aspects of the theatrical art, this course is seen as a culminating activity taken after a solid foundation of other theatre course work. Attendance at area productions is required. (Prerequisite: THR241)

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Electives: 15 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
THR - 111 Theatre in Practice I 1
THR - 112 Theatre in Practice II 2
THR - 160 Introduction to Dance 2
THR - 201 Dance for Musical Theatre 2
THR - 203 Creative Dramatics 2
THR - 255 Stage Management 2
THR - 262 Modern Dance Technique 3
THR - 263 Jazz Dance Technique 3
THR - 291 Topics in Theatre 4
THR - 321 Acting II 4
THR - 326 Voice,Diction & Dialects 2
THR - 355 Scenic Design 4
THR - 356 Costume Design 4
THR - 357 Lighting & Sound 4
THR - 364 Tap Dance Technique 3
THR - 365 Dance History 3
ENG - 369 Shakespeare 4
THR - 462 Modern Dance Technique II 3
THR - 367 Ballet Technique 3
THR - 488 Theatre Independent Study 0
THR - 498 Theatre Internship 4

Concordia's theatre department, in service to campus and community, offers opportunities for involvement in major theatre productions, workshop dramas, and various experimental undertakings during the school year. Auditions for all productions are open to all Concordia students. This course can include work on theatrical productions as actors and/or crews.

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Credit is given for major involvement in theatre productions, workshops, and other approved situations. Major involvement is defined as activities such as stage managing, assistant directing, designing, and directing projects. (Prerequisite: consent of instructor)

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This course will examine the fundamental principles, practices, and vocabulary of the basic movement skills of dance, introducing it as both an art form and exercise activity. The basics of modern, ballet, and jazz dance movement will be incorporated to provide a wide overview of dance history and practical technique through readings and studio movement participation. Students will be introduced to each dance style with a focus on body awareness and alignment. Warm ups and across the floor movement are incorporated to develop strength, flexibility, musicality, and coordination.

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Through the study and practice of the various styles of dance used on the musical theatre stage, such as ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, this course will focus on dance technique, character development through movement, and performance skills. Execution and exploration of choreographed pieces from musical theatre repertoire will be taught and performed in a final Student Showcase. Students will be introduced to a wide dance vocabulary as well as to the major contributors/choreographers of Musical Theatre. Prerequisite: May be repeated once as an elective which may count as a general elective or be credited to a theatre major.

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Students enrolled in this course study and practice methods and activities in creative dramatics for the classroom, parish, business, and family. Special emphasis is placed on activities designed to help students to express their own natural creativity and for these students, as future leaders of groups, to help others to express their own natural creativity as well.

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This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles, and practices of stage management in the contemporary theatre. Students will receive classroom instruction on the theory and practice of stage management, participate in workshop application of stage management techniques, and participate in departmental productions. Students will study a major text in stage management as well as develop a stage manager's portfolio.

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Students will be introduced to the basic movements, concepts, and technique of modern dance with a focus on breath, strength, alignment, and flexibility. Students will learn about the pioneers of modern dance (Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham) as well as the current contributors to the dance form, regarding their stylistic contributions and differences. Reading assignments and quizzes will be given in addition to the technique class. Students will learn and perform a modern dance piece during the semester and perform in a final student showcase.

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This course will introduce and practice the basic movement, dance terminology, and style of jazz dance technique, focusing on stretch, strength, body awareness, rhythmic ability, and coordination. An appreciation and study of the origins and evolution of jazz dance, along with its major contributors, will be emphasized. The technique class will focus on jazz dance vocabulary and steps, isolations, center combinations, and across the floor patterns. Students will learn a choreographed jazz dance and perform in a final student showcase.

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This course offers in-depth analysis of a selected topic in theatre such as film, children's theatre, drama in worship, stage management, or theatre management in a seminar setting. The needs of students and interest of theatre faculty determine content.

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Further principles in developing a character are learned through more monologue and scene work. Advanced techniques of breathing, rhythm, focus and facial mask are taught to help the student explore the field of potential and lead the actor out of the known and into the unknown. (Offered every other year. Prerequisite: THR221 or consent of instructor)

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Students learn production and placement of sound through various exercises, leading to character development. Students also are introduced to techniques for learning a foreign dialect.

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This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques of scenery design. Three subject areas are combined to formulate the scope of the course: literature analysis, aesthetic design techniques and materials, pragmatic design production, and organization. Attendance at area theatre productions is required. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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This course will be an introduction to the art and practice of costume design. Emphasis will be on analysis of the costume design process and organization from script to design concept to the workable costume for the actor. Attendance at area theatre productions is required. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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This course is an introduction to the theory and the techniques of lighting and sound design for the stage. Three subject areas in both aspects of theatre will be discussed in this course: basic understanding and connection of the equipment, basic design, and a basic understanding of the aesthetics of sound and lighting design. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

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This course is an introduction to the fundamental vocabulary and technique of tap dance, its history as an art form, and its major contributors to the style. Students learn a basic technical foundation, with an emphasis on the building block steps (spank, shuffle, flap, cramp roll, Shim Sham, Maxie Ford) while also concentrating on proper articulation and execution of movement. Students work on a choreographed routine and perform in a final student showcase.

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A survey of dance history from origins in ancient civilizations up to the twentieth century, this course will examine the function of dance in a social, political, religious, and cultural context. Through text reading, research projects, and viewing, students will analyze the development of dance, its significance and role in history.

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This course offers a study of Shakespeare's work and its relationship to Elizabethan concepts of poetry and rhetoric as well as to gender and imperialism and government. It explores the rich terrain of Shakespeare imaginative world. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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This course is a continuation of the study of movement skills taught in THR 262, with an emphasis on further developing strength, flexibility, and vocabulary of principles of modern dance. Students will work on more complex combinations, increased technical skills, and refined movement phrasing. Along with increased technical articulation and clarity of movement, students will work to develop artistic expression, stylization, musicality, and performance skills. A choreographed modern piece is taught and performed in a final student showcase.

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This course will introduce the basics of classical ballet. Students will learn the basic positions of the feet and arms, fundamental ballet steps, and French terminology, through barre exercises, center floor work, and across the floor patterns. This class will also emphasize ballet vocabulary and style, proper body alignment, strength, flexibility, and musicality. Students will learn a choreographed ballet piece and perform in the final Student Showcase.

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Independent study offers students an opportunity to investigate and study an area of theatre of their own choosing.

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Students participate in a first-hand theatre experience at a local professional or semi-professional theatre. The student, through observation and/or direct involvement, learns practical application of drama theories and theatrical principles. The student and internship advisor select an appropriate internship site that meets the needs and interests of the student. (Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and department chair)

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Mr. Mark Rosenwinkel Department of Theatre and Dance Chairperson, Professor of Theatre and Dance

Mark Rosenwinkel's professional acting career spans nearly three decades, and includes work with most of the major Twin Cities theatres.

Jan Puffer Term Faculty in Theatre and Dance

Jan Puffer is a teacher, choreographer, and actress, recently cited by the 2008 City Pages as Best of the Twin Cities.

Career Potential

You’ll also experience real learning beyond the classroom, with opportunities for involvement in major theatre productions, workshop dramas and various experimental undertakings during the academic year. Because we design our theatre arts program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as an actor, director, theatre manager, technical director, stage manager, set designer, scene shop supervisor, playwright, multimedia artist and animator, lighting designer, dancer, costume designer, choreographer or other performance professional.

  • Actor/Actress
  • Art Director
  • Choreographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Dancer Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Playwright
  • Scene Shop Supervisor
  • Set Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Theatre Manager

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