The Department of Theatre & Performance Studies offers a liberal arts program that emphasizes scholarship as well as creative work. Students are prepared to enter graduate studies or careers in theatre and related fields.
B.A. Program in Theatre and Performance Studies
The Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies, with concentrations in performance (including storytelling, performance art, directing, adaptation of texts for the stage, and dramaturgy), musical theatre, design/technology, and acting. Our program offers a wide range of courses dedicated to developing students as scholar-artists, viewing both live performance as scholarship and writing as a creative act. The program provides opportunities for students to create, witness, and critique performances based on a variety of sources: from dramatic scripts and classical choreography to literary and folk traditions, original ethnographic field research, and contemporary movement. Emphasizing the interrelationship of theory and praxis, the major prepares students for entry into the profession or for graduate study in theatre or other related fields.
Theatre and performance studies majors take 15 credits of lower-division foundational courses, which introduce them to our program of study. At the 3000- and 4000-level, students take a core of classes including acting, visual imagination, performing literature, play analysis, performing culture or performance art, and theatre and performance history and theory. Additionally, students select a three-course concentration choosing from emphases in acting, performance (including storytelling, performance art, directing, adaptation of texts for the stage, and dramaturgy), design/technology, or musical theatre. An applied/professional sequence of six (6) credits, which is individually designed in cooperation with the student?s advisor, may include combinations of internships, performance credits, co-ops, directed studies, international study, practicum courses, and/or service learning components. The theatre and performance studies degree culminates in a senior seminar that focuses on planning for graduate studies or careers in theatre and related fields. All theatre and performance studies majors must demonstrate competence in foreign languages up through the level of FL 2002.
“Related Studies” in Theatre and Performance Studies
Students in other degree programs with interests in theatre and performance studies or dance can complete the “Related Studies” component of their degree by completing four upper-division classes in the department.
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Course requirements are also available online in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog.