Theatre

The Department of Theatre offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree.

Faculty: Professor McGlasson, chairperson. Professor Swift; Associate Professors Howard, Wittwer, and Wortman; Lecturer Hawkridge.

Productions at URI cover the range of theatre forms, ancient to modern, with an emphasis on contemporary and experimental work. All members of the University community may participate in productions.

The criteria used to transfer students out of University College for Academic Success into the Department of Theatre are 24 credits and a 2.00 GPA.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Enrollment in this program is currently suspended with the exception of students enrolled in the elementary education program. Elementary education students who do not complete the elementary education program must switch to the B.F.A. program in order to earn a degree in theatre.

Students must fulfill the elementary education requirements as well as a total of 33 credits (maximum 48) as follows: THE 111 (3), 161 (3), 181 (3), 221 (3), 250 (3), 261 (3), 307 (3), 321 (3), 381 and 382 (6), 383 or 384 or 481 (3). Potential B.A. candidates are urged to complete THE 111, 112, 161, and 181 by the end of their freshman year. B.A. candidates may elect up to 15 more credits in theatre with the approval of their department advisor.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS

The B.F.A. program is intended for highly motivated students who wish their education to emphasize a major theatrical field of interest. The program offers concentrated study in acting, design and theatre technology, directing, and stage management. Specific requirements of these areas are flexible to suit students’ individual needs.

All B.F.A. students are required to complete 37 credits in core courses distributed as follows: THE 111 (3), 161 (3), 181 (3), 221 (3), 250 (3), 261 (3), 291 (2), 321 (3), 351 or 352 (3); three courses from 381 (3), 382 (3), 383 or 384 or 481 (3) to total nine credits; and 391 (2). All B.F.A. candidates are urged to select a course from ENG 362, 366, 446, or 472, and to complete THE 111, 161, and 181 by the end of their freshman year.

In addition to the core requirements, each student selects one of the following specializations. Students must notify the office of the dean of the area of specialization they have selected. B.F.A. students selected for an internship program may substitute up to 12 credits for theatre courses in their area of specialization, subject to departmental approval. Transfer students, late entries into the theatre major, and others wishing to modify this schedule of B.F.A. requirements may do so in consultation with their faculty advisor and with permission of the department chairperson.

Acting. These students must complete an additional 40 credits: THE 112 (3), 211 and 212 (6), 213 and 214 (2), 300 or 301 (3), 311 and 312 (6), 313 and 314 (2), 350 (1), 400 or 401 (3), 411 and 412 (6), 417 and 418 (2). Select six credits from THE 217, 227, 237, and 413. Recommended electives include courses in related fields such as anthropology, art, communication studies, history, literature, music, psychology, and sociology.

A total of 120 credits is required for this specialization.

Design and Theatre Technology. Students selecting design and theatre technology must complete an additional 31 credits: THE 300 (3), 301 (3), 351 or 352 (3) to complete the sequence begun in the core curriculum; 350 (1), 355 (3), 365 (3), 371 (3); and 12 credits selected from 362 (3), 400 (3), 401 (3), 415 (12), 451 (3), 455 (3), 463 (3), 465 (3), 475 (3). Recommended electives include ARH 251, 252, ART 207, and courses in related fields.

A total of 120 credits is required for this specialization.

Directing. Students selecting directing must complete an additional 35 credits: THE 300 or 301 or 307 (3), 322 (3), 331 (3), 341 (3), 355 or 365 or 371 (3), 400 or 401 (3), 420 (3), and 484 (3). They must also complete a three-semester sequence in acting: 112 (3), 211 (3), 213 (1), 212 (3), and 214 (1), to total eleven (11).

Recommended electives include courses in anthropology, art history, history, literature, music, psychology, and sociology.

A total of 120 credits is required for this specialization.

Stage Management. Students selecting stage management must complete an additional 30 credits: COM 351 (3); management course (to be approved by chair) (3); THE 300 (3), 301 (3), 341 (3), 355 or 365 (3), 371 (3), 400 (3), 401 (3), 441 (3).

A total of 120 credits is required for this specialization.

Minor in Music Voice Performance. See Music earlier in this section.