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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Theatre

Susan Barrett

Applied Professor
Susan Barrett, Design
Michael Wright, Creative Writing, Theatre and Film

Associate Professor
Jessica Vokoun, Dance

Applied Assistant Professor
Machele Miller Dill, Musical Theatre

For more information on degree offerings by the faculty of theatre, visit the Department of Theatre webpage.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  degree in theatre and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  degree in musical theatre offer a core curriculum supporting the collaborative process essential to the living theatre. In consultation with a department adviser, theatre students choose courses leading to a general  education in theatre or an emphasis within the art form. The student may audition for acceptance into an area of specialization at the end of the spring semester of their freshman year. Areas of specialization are acting, musical theatre, design/technical theatre, stage management, playwriting, history and literature, and directing. The theatre student is expected to participate fully in the production aspects of the theatre program as the essential laboratory in which course work is integrated with practice.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  degree in musical theatre does not require a minor area of study since this degree offers three distinct areas of concentration: acting, music, and dance.

The Department of Theatre offers minors in theatre , musical theatre  , and dance . Permission of the program director is required for all minors. An audition to be admitted to a minor may also be required. Minors are required to audition and participate in production aspects of the program.

The Department of Theatre is located in Kendall Hall which houses two theatres, a CAD design lab, scenery and costume shops, and a dance studio. These facilities enable students to participate fully in traditional and experimental theatrical productions. The third venue of the Department of Theatre, the Lorton Performance Center, contains a state-of-the-art proscenium theatre where musicals, dance concerts, and plays are presented. The focus of the Department focus on an undergraduate program allows the serious theatre student multiple opportunities to be produced, both on the mainstage and in a student-driven studio setting. Students enjoy opportunities to direct, to act in major roles, to stage manage, and to design and produce original works.

The film studies and arts management programs  provide additional opportunities in performance, writing, and design.

Non-majors are also encouraged to participate in theatre productions and to take theatre courses. However, priority for placement is given to majors and minors and space is limited in certain classes.

Theatre and Musical Theatre Mission Statement

  • To provide exceptional theatre/musical theatre training, within the strong liberal arts emphasis of the Tulsa curriculum, delivered by an outstanding faculty of teaching-artists recognized for excellence as specialized theatre practitioners. The curriculum requires a core of broadly-based knowledge as well as the mastery of skills, theories, and practical and creative practices of theatre in the study of theatre as a fine and performing art and as a social document; and
  • To provide opportunities for growth within the collaborative process of producing theatre and as individual artists/technicians/scholars through small classes, personal attention, mentoring, the development of oral, close-reading and writing skills, increased responsibility, and teamwork. Upon completion of study, the student will be prepared for entry into the profession, further specialized training, or graduate study.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Training in the Department of Theatre promotes students to:

  • Develop communication and critical thinking skills
  • Develop a working knowledge of all aspects of the profession
  • Develop an inquisitiveness and imaginative engagement with the world
  • Achieve the tools to develop strong personal aesthetic and a sense of self
  • Develop an artistic initiative and risk-taking founded on a passion for creative expression
  • Develop social engagement through active contributions to the community.