Aug 09, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Theatre

Susan Barrett

Applied Professor
Susan Barrett, Design

Associate Professor
Jessica Vokoun, Dance

Applied Assistant Professor
Machele Miller Dill, Musical Theatre
Laura Skoch, 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 advisor, 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 coursework 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 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 courses.

Theatre and Musical Theatre Mission Statement

The award-winning TU Theatre Department is based on a rigorous program of study. We empower our students to think critically, communicate effectively and engage the world with a strong sense of passion, creative expression and collaboration. 

Expected Learning Outcomes

Training in the Department of Theatre promotes students to:

  1. Develop communication and critical thinking skills.
  2. Develop a working knowledge of all aspects of the profession.
  3. Develop an inquisitiveness and imaginative engagement with the world.
  4. Achieve the tools to develop strong personal aesthetic and a sense of self.
  5. Develop an artistic initiative and risk-­‐taking demonstrated by dynamic creative expression.
  6. Establish a commitment to become a global citizen artist through active community engagement.