The Baylor University Department of Theatre Arts is an elite program combining an excellent liberal arts education with rigorous training in both academic and artistic fields of theatre study. The department has been named among the top 25 undergraduate theatre programs in the United States and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
Our mission is to nurture a close-knit community of intellectually-curious and artistically-daring theatre practitioners while preparing students for future success through liberal arts education and professional training.
Entrance Requirement in Theatre Arts:
In addition to admission to the University, prospective students must be admitted to the Department of Theatre Arts by application and a formal audition/interview conducted by the Theatre Arts Faculty. Refer to the Departmental Student Handbook for other curricular and co-curricular requirements.
Theater Arts (THEA)
An introduction to the fundamentals of voice and movement for the actor with emphasis on freeing the natural voice and developing awareness of the voice and body as creative, expressive instruments. This course supports the work done in acting core courses.
A continuation of THEA 1101 with emphasis on the fundamentals of voice and movement for the actor, freeing the natural voice, and developing awareness of the voice and body as creative and expressive instruments.
Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to traditional musical theatre styles, in chorus roles with repertoire before 1965.
Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to contemporary musical theatre styles, in chorus roles with repertoire after 1965.
An exploration of four Fine Arts disciplines (film, art, theatre, and music) from an interdisciplinary perspective, with emphasis on specific performances and exhibitions, and a small group focus on new student experiences.
Introduction to the basics of acting, including theatrical terminology, improvisation, scene study, and character analysis. Emphasis will be placed on an acting method based on the works of Constantin Stanislavski.
An introduction to basic acting technique. Students employ the character analysis, basic object exercises, and other acting tools toward producing a character study based on a modern American play.
Develops an engaged understanding of live theatre and performance in contemporary society through an overview of the various artists, skills, crafts, traditions, and conventions that inform the creation of a theatrical event. Students with credit in Thea 1306 may not earn credit for Thea 1206.
Basic course in stagecraft. Technical crew lab included.
Study and application of the theories and techniques of theatrical costuming, construction of theatrical clothing, and theatrical makeup. Technical crew lab included.
Introduction to the process of script analysis, focusing on play structure, environmental research and character development, and culminating in a written play analysis.
An introduction to basic theatre aesthetics. Emphasis placed on elements and principles of design for visual storytelling.
Introduction to theatrical hand drafting techniques, tools and standards, including fundamentals of graphic problem solving by visualization of elements in three dimensional space.
Continuation of the work begun in THEA 2101 with emphasis on movement for the stage as it applies to realistic acting, as well as interpretive, post-modern theatre making.
Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to traditional musical theatre styles, in small group/ensemble roles with repertoire before 1965.
Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to contemporary musical theatre styles, in small group/ensemble roles with repertoire after 1965.
Preparing the actor to participate in singing roles including ensemble work, straight plays with music, and Shakespeare sonnets. The course will also cover vocal technique, sight singing, and harmony/group singing. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours.
Application of techniques and skills learned in the voice class in a performance setting using materials from traditional musical theatre styles pre-1965.
Application of techniques and skills learned in the voice class in a performance setting using materials from contemporary musical theatre styles from 1965 to the present.
Ballet with emphasis on technique and vocabulary. Theatre Arts majors may substitute this class for one semester of Human Performance.
Jazz techniques, vocabulary, and styles relevant to character/theatre dance. Theatre Arts majors may substitute this class for one semester of Human Performance.
An Introduction to the physical methods of Acting, focusing on Viewpoints.
Exploration of the acting challenges of Shakespeare's plays, through studies of text sense and structure, and exercises for developing breath, relaxation, vocal energy, and creative acting choices.
Study and application of theories and techniques of theatrical makeup. Technical crew laboratory included.
Introduction to essential software and technologies utilized in the creation of a live theatrical production.
General principles and practices of stage lighting and theatrical sound technology. Technical crew laboratory included.
Historical investigation of theatre practice, performance, and dramatic literature from ancient times through the Renaissance.
Historical investigation of theatre practice, performance, and dramatic literature from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. Emphasis on Europe and North America.
Principles and practices of drawing, rendering, and modeling techniques used for the theater.
The art and craft of stage management, including the role and responsibilities of the stage manager.
Evaluation of acting and crew work for all major productions, thesis production, qualifying productions, and weekly workshops. May be taken a maximum of 3 times.
Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to traditional musical theatre styles, in solo limited supporting roles with repertoire before 1965.
Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to contemporary musical theatre styles, in solo limited supporting roles with repertoire after 1965.
Continuation of THEA 3105.
A continuation of THEA 2113.
A continuation of THEA 2114.
Tap with an emphasis on the basic steps, rhythms, and music theory related to the dance.
A continuation of Ballet I, refining technique and developing broader ranges of movement.
Correlating advanced acting techniques and the performance requirements of important realistic playwrights. Students will analyze, rehearse and perform scenes from playwrights of the early independent theater movement and from a range of contemporary playwrights.
An applied study of the dramatic literature and production techniques of theater intended for young audiences. Emphasis will be on techniques of acting and the creation of new material.
The application of advanced acting techniques to the unique style and period conventions of an individual playwright. May be repeated once for credit with study of a different playwright(s).
See HP 3312 for course information.
Technical skills with emphasis on interpreting two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional costumes by manipulating fabric through draping, patterning, and construction.
Technical skills with an emphasis on 2D and 3D techniques in creating and modifying specialty costume pieces.
A study of play analysis for beginning directors. Workshop laboratory required.
Continuation of THEA 3324. A study of techniques of play direction. Fundamental consideration of blocking and director-actor communication. Workshop laboratory required.
Development and execution of costume designs for a variety of theatrical situations. Lectures, design projects, critiques, and discussions.
This course builds on introductory skills learned in THEA 1316 (Costume and Makeup Elements). Students will study advanced application skills and tools for character transformation with makeup, masks, and 3D elements.
An exploration of theatre production and theatrical history particular to a specific region of the world, with references to regional historical, political, social, cultural, artistic, and architectural influences. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six semester hours if topic varies.
History and practice of theatre in Japan from earliest recorded history to the present era.
Prepares students for various aspects of metal-working for the theatre, including safety, welding, cutting, and shaping.
Introduction to large scale painting. Students execute texture techniques.
Development of techniques and skills of dramatic writing through practice in creating short-form original dramatic work.
The creation and implementation of sound design for theatre; also applicable to film, music production, video games, and live events. Includes the artistic process of design and the development of technical abilities and conceptual approaches to sound manipulation.
Computer aided drafting to incorporate many of the principals covered in THEA 1383 (hand-drafting for the theater). Utilize both the vector based Vector works software and the floating point algorithm based AutoCAD software.
Audience development principles and marketing techniques for both commercial and non-profit arts organizations. Emphasis on live theatre. Technical crew lab included.
Practical study of the design, construction, organization, and implementation of theatrical properties in production.
Undergraduate research undertaken with the supervision of a faculty member. May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.
Prepares majors for the transition from academia to the professional arena.
Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to traditional musical theatre styles, in solo leading roles with repertoire before 1965.
Acting technique and character development, in conjunction with vocal technique, as they relate to contemporary musical theatre styles, in solo leading roles with repertoire after 1965.
Evaluation of acting and crew work for all major productions, thesis production, qualifying productions, and weekly workshops.
A continuation of production methods learned in THEA 3106.
A continuation of THEA 3113.
A continuation of THEA 3114.
Development of design portfolios and presentation skills needed for professional employment in theatrical design.
Engagement, collaboration, and inclusivity through the lens of arts-based practices as they are related to three key groups: ourselves, organizations, and communities, including community-based artistic programming across fine arts entities.
Continuation of Jazz I, refining technique and exploring different styles of jazz and character dance.
Continuation of Tap I, refining technique and exploring advanced rhythms and steps.
Preparation for professional performance in television and film.
Great texts of dramatic theory ranging from Aristotle and Zeami through to Emile Zola and Bertolt Brecht. Theoretical ideas on the aesthetics, efficacy and morality of theatre have interacted with plays at various time periods.
A study of dress from Egyptian times to the twentieth century.
Major historical movements and periods in architecture and decorative arts in the West, with special attention to how these trends relate to theatrical design.
Advanced principles and practices of costume design, with an emphasis on the design team/director collaboration.
Education, theory, and philosophy that will cultivate the techniques of creative dramatics and develop the skills needed for human interaction in dramatic play. Lab required.
Design techniques and the programming of automated lighting fixtures on various lighting consoles.
Directing techniques for departures from realism, with an emphasis on postmodern theatre, musical theatre, and verse drama. Workshop required.
Continuation of THEA 4365. Workshop required.
Development and execution of scenic designs for a variety of theatrical situations. Lectures, design projects, critiques and discussions.
Developing and executing lighting designs for a variety of situations. Lectures, design projects, cue composition, and critique and discussion.
A study of the art and craft of playwriting with an emphasis on play structure, development of the personal voice, use of dramatic irony, and character development.
Historical investigation of theatre practice, performance, and dramatic literature from the early twentieth century to the present.
An exploration of biblical perspectives concerning creativity and the arts with a special emphasis on theatre and the performing arts.
Investigation of the functions and methods of the dramaturg such as choosing a season, audience enrichment, new play development, researching production history, and understanding dramatic structure and theory.
Topics related to leading contemporary playwrights, current issues of dramatic style, and emerging trends in theatrical practice. May be repeated once for credit with different content.
Organizational structure, fundraising techniques, and board development for non-profit professional and commercial performing arts organizations. Includes contracting with professional unions, budgeting, and season planning. Technical crew lab included.
A continuation of THEA 3380/FDM 3380. This course builds upon the sound design skills gained previously and adds training in the advanced functions of industry standard software. Students will develop a personal design style, a discerning ear for quality audio, and in-depth knowledge of the production process. Intended for theatre designers, this course is also applicable to film, music production, video games, and live events.
Role and responsibilities of the stage manager using the Regional Theatre or LORT Stage Manager model. Explores budgeting, seasonal planning and responsibilities in touring and non-theatrical situations.
Actor movement in stage combat (armed and unarmed) with emphasis on proper technique, safety, and theatricality. May be repeated once for credit with different contents.
Four basic areas of technical direction: creating technical drawings, estimating a set, choosing materials used in the theater, and scheduling the building of sets for the theater. This course may be repeated once with a different topic.
A practical approach to teaching music, conducting ensembles, collaborating with directors, evaluating voices, and improving vocal technique. This course is geared toward students interested in learning how to Music Direct Musicals and Theatre performances.
Internship in Theatre and/or the Entertainment industry fulfilled in cooperation with an approved organization. The student will participate in formal training and directed activities in Theatre, Television, Film, Music or other Industry related fields.
Advanced studies in special theater topics. May be repeated for up to six hours credit.
Undergraduate research undertaken with the supervision of a faculty member. May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.
Advanced practicum in production performance design technical theater or management. May be repeated with different topic not to exceed six credit hours.