Theatre and Film

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Thank you for considering The University of Toledo as the best place to pursue your degree in theatre! UT offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre as well as two minors programs. The BA in Theatre is offered through the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film, which is housed in the School of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Letters. We think you'll agree that UT is more than a place to graduate from, it's also a great place to begin your career.

As a student, you will be taught by Cabaretfaculty committed to your success as a student and as an artist. Our faculty are wonderful teachers, but they are also accomplished working professionals in their own right. Visit our faculty page to learn more about them, where they have been and what they have done most recently. 

In the UT Department of Theatre and Film you will also have many opportunities to develop your craft outside the classroom. The department produces 3-4 plays per year in which theatre students are encouraged and expected to participate, either onstage or behind the scenes. Many of our students and productions have also competed successfully in the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region II), winning awards for acting, directing, costume design, set design and more.

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In addition, many of our students also take advantage of local theatre opportunities with professional theatre companies and venues in the area, such the The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, The Valentine Theatre, the Glacity Theatre Collective and others. Beyond the local area, many of our students have found internships and opportunities to study abroad across the the country and around the world. We encourage you to seek out these experiences as they will greatly enrich your degree program. 

Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society

Students in the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film are invited and encouraged to join the UT chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society. Through this organization, students will develop relationships with fellow students who will become future colleagues. Through a number of exciting and fun projects  and creative efforts, members work to develop funding sources for competitions, educational experiences and other theatre activities. Contact Sean for meeting times and dates. 

For more information, contact:
Kelly McBane (APO Faculty Advisor)
419.530.4318
Kelly.Mcbane@UToledo.Edu 

Theatre Program Student Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate the ability to live truthfully and interestingly inside imaginary given circumstances.
  2. Create as a generative artist, either through collaborations with existing texts or the creation of your own stories.
  3. Identify and recognize shared practices, vocabularies and traditions in the theatre in service of a more particular and informed theatremaking.
  4. Practice and apply the individual and collaborative skills necessary for the interrelated processes of theatremaking.
  5. Critically and perceptively analyze texts in service of a more effective and collaborative conversation with peer artists.
  6. Build and employ a skilled, authentic, nuanced and nimble instrument—your voice, body, and imagination in service of your work as a theatremaker.
  7. Prepare your storytelling to engage the conversation in the communities you seek to tell stories for and about.

Requirements for the B.A. in Theatre 

A minimum of 35 semester hours required of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is to include the following: 

Choose 3 hours from

  • THR 1040   Stage Lighting and Sound   3  
  • THR 1050   Stage Costuming   3  

Take the following

  • THR 1030    Stagecraft   3  
  • THR 2000** Theatre Practicum 1
  • THR 2200   Perspectives on Theatre   3  
  • THR 2610   Acting I   3  
  • THR 2640*   Voice and Movement   2  
  • THR 3150   Theatre History (WAC)   3  
  • THR 3250 Theatre Management 3
  • THR 3710   Directing   3  
  • THR 4150   Theatre Studies (WAC)   3  
  • THR 4500   Professional Aspects 2

* May be taken more than once 
**   Must be taken twice.

Take any additional theatre electives that will reach the required 35 minimum hours for the major.  

Concentrations

Students pursuing a BA in Theatre also may complete an optional concentration in Performance or Design/Technology by taking an additional 12 hours as follows:

Performance

Take 12 hours from THR 2620, 3610, 3620, 3640, 3650, 4620, 4640, 4990.

Design/Technology

Take 12 hours from THR 2420, 3410, 3440, 3480, 4400, 4990.

Honors in Theatre 

Qualified juniors and seniors may apply to work for Honors in Theatre. The following are requirements for entrance into the Honors Program in Theatre:

Admission (Theatre Honors)

3.3 minimum GPA in Theatre courses 
3.0 minimum cumulative GPA 
12 hours of honors work completed in Theatre

Requirements (Theatre Honors)

A student must have completed a minimum of 9 hours of honors course work in Theatre before beginning the thesis project. The honors topic and paper are to be developed in close conjunction with an honors faculty adviser. A student may enroll for the thesis paper in THR 4950 Honors Thesis for a maximum of six hours of credit. The designation "Honors" on the diploma will be given to students who receive a grade of A on the honors thesis and maintain a 3.3 GPA in Theatre.

Students also may substitute courses in drama in a foreign language — i.e., in Classics, French, Spanish, German, etc. — with the approval of the minor coordinator.

Theatre Courses

THR 1010   CREATIVE PROCESS  

[3 hours] Using theatre games and theatrical techniques, students explore the nature of creativity and its relationship to their own processes of creative expression.  

THR 1030   STAGECRAFT  

[3 hours] Introduction to scenic design and construction using the tools and techniques of theatre including properties and scene painting. Lectures, readings and projects with practical laboratory experience.  

THR 1040   STAGE LIGHTING AND SOUND  

[3 hours] Introduction to theory and practice in stage lighting and sound. Students will use lighting and sound tools and equipment in production crews on department productions.  

THR 1050   COSTUMING  

[3 hours] Introduction to the theory and practice of stage costuming. Lectures, readings and projects offer practical laboratory experiences. Students will use tools and equipment of the costume shop on production crews.  

THR 1100   INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE  

[3 hours] Introductory survey of the development of theatre and drama from the ancient world to the present day; discussion of representative plays; slides and films complement lectures. (Not recommended or required for majors.) Humanities core course.

THR 2000  THEATRE PRACTICUM

[1 hour] Students will be assigned a crew position for one of the department theatre productions. Must be taken twice. 

THR 2200   PERSPECTIVES ON THEATRE  

[3 hours] A study of contemporary theatrical organization and styles; theatre compared with film and television; Broadway, regional and experimental theatre; research skills development; exploration of career opportunities in theatre and related fields.  

THR 2420   Stage Make-up  

[2 hours] Principles and techniques of makeup for stage. Practical execution of stage makeup problems. Students are required to purchase supplies.    

THR 2610   ACTING I  

[3 hours] An introduction to the art and craft of acting. Through scene work and improvisation, students learn to use acting terminology, identify dramatic beats, develop character objectives and play actions. Prerequisite: Major Status or THR 1010.  

THR 2620   ACTING II  

[3 hours] Students are exposed to a range of techniques explicated by primary acting theorists/practitioners, including diagnosis of individual skills, work in voice, movement, textual analysis and scene preparation. Prerequisite: THR 2610  

THR 2640   VOICE AND MOVEMENT  

[2 hours] Theory and practice of vocal and physical techniques for the actor. Repeatable for up to 8 hours of credit. (BFA Performance majors should enroll in the course every semester up to the maximum credit.)  

THR 2990   SPECIAL PROJECTS  

[1-3 hours] Individual study provides a student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in theatre under the direction of the faculty. For Freshman and Sophomore Students. Prerequisite: Prior approval of a prospectus by the faculty. (Seminar forms may be picked up at the department office.)  

THR 3150   Theatre History - Ancient to Contemporary - WAC

[3 hours] This course explores major developments and trends in theatrical production, theory, and playwriting from ancient times to the Present. The study of theatre history in this course is applied to the development of design and directorial approaches for plays by theatre artists. In addition, students will use performance techniques in class to explore historical production methods and theatrical theories through practice. 

THR 3210   PLAYWRITING  

[3 hours] Creative writing for the theatre analyzing traditional and contemporary structure and style. Prerequisite: ENGL 2720 ot THR 2200 

THR 3250   THEATRE MANAGEMENT 

[3 hours] Theatre Management will provide students with a general overview of the administrative and management functions of an arts organization. Through readings, interactive discussion forums, research projects, and practical assignments, the student will develop an understanding of the structure and business of the performing arts, translating traditional business practices into the language of the arts. 

THR 3410   STAGE LIGHTING DESIGN  

[3 hours] Principles and theories of lighting design for theatrical productions are explored. Develop skills of script analysis, light study, light plot and related graphics for conceptualization and communication of design ideas. Prerequisite: THR 1040 or permission of instructor  

THR 3430   ADVANCED STAGECRAFT AND TECHNICAL PRODUCTION  

[3 hour] This course is designed to expand upon the foundation of scenic construction techniques formed in basic theatre practices: Stagecraft. Topics include welding/metalworking, advanced woodworking, scenic automation, theatrical rigging, and technical direction/project management/shop management. Prerequisite: THR 1030.  

THR 3440   STAGE DESIGN  

[3 hours] Theory and principles of scenic design for stage are the focus. Conceptualization and communication of design ideas are explored through renderings, models, ground plans and elevations. Students are required to purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 1030 or permission of instructor

THR 3450   SCENE PAINTING  

[3 hours] Students learn the fundamental skills of the scenic artist in large scale painting: preparing and sizing the surfaces, gridding and other layout, and painting techniques and tools used by the scenic artist. Prerequisite: None

THR 3470   THEATRE SOUND  

[3 hours] Students study the methods and techniques of sound production and design used in the theatre. Tools and techniques of audio production are used in laboratory recording and mixdown. Prerequisite: THR 1040 or MUS 2270 or COMM 2610  

THR 3480   COSTUME DESIGN  

[3 hours] Principles and theories of costume design for theatrical productions are explored. Develop skills of script analysis, sketching, fabric study and rendering for conceptualization and communication of design ideas. Students are required to purchase supplies. Prerequisite: THR 1050 or permission of instructor

THR 3610   ACTING FOR THE CAMERA  

[3 hours] Performing dramatic material for camera with an emphasis on the differences between stage and screen performing. Prerequisite: THR 2620 or permission of instructor.

THR 3620   ACTING: CONTEMPORARY STYLES

[3 hours] Contemporary, non-realistic theatre requires adjustments for actors trained in the Stanislavsky tradition. This course examines the theory and praxis of artists such as Brecht, Artaud, Grotowski, Boal and others. Prerequisite: THR 2620 or permission of instructor. 

THR 3640   VOICE AND DICTION  

[2 hours] Theories and practice of vocal techniques for the actor. Diagnosis of individual skills continues work begun in voice and movement. Prerequisite: THR 2640 or permission of instructor. 

THR 3650   STAGE MOVEMENT  

[2 hours] Theories and practice of physical techniques for the actor. Diagnosis of individual skills continues the work begun in voice and movement. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2640 or permission of the instructor 

THR 3710   DIRECTING I  

[3 hours] The director's approach to analyzing a script, formulating a production concept and realizing that concept on stage. Discussions and exercises progress to directing scenes or short plays in class. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2640 and one of the following: THR 3110, 3120 or 4110 or permission of instructor 

THR 3800   PRODUCTION 

[1-3 hours] Through study and practice the student contributes significantly to department productions. This course is for students who have auditioned for roles or applied for design/tech positions in department productions. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

THR 4150   Theatre Studies (WAC)  

[3 hours] This course applies the methods of theatre history, theory, and criticism to the exploration of a specific theatrical theme, style, historical period, or practice.

THR 4400   SEMINAR TOPICS IN DESIGN  

[3 hours] Individual and group investigations of particular topics in all phases of design and technology, i.e. scene painting, advanced design and rendering technique, new technology.  

THR 4500   PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS

[2 hours] Study of the professional theatre as a business: contracts, unions, the theatre marketplace, preparation of resumes, portfolios, audition pieces, and interview. Prerequisite: THR 2200

THR 4620   ACTING: HISTORICAL STYLES  

[3 hours] Advanced training in acting with emphasis on effective vocal and rhetorical techniques and the use of poetic rhythm and imagery in creating a role psychologically as well as physically. Prerequisite: THR 2610, 2620, 2640 or permission of instructor  

THR 4940   INTERNSHIP  

[3 hours] Internship with an approved program, company, or agency in theatre or film. Student must submit project proposal for approval by advisor. (Repeatable for 6 hours credit.) Prerequisite: Approval of advisor 

THR 4950   HONORS THESIS  

[3 hours] Research or a creative project on a topic in theatre. Required of all candidates seeking department honors. (Repeatable for 6 hours credit.) Prerequisite: Approval of Honors Adviser 

THR 4990   SPECIAL PROJECTS  

[1-3 hours] Individual study provides a student an opportunity to work independently on a problem of special interest in theatre under the direction of the faculty. Prerequisite: Prior approval of a prospectus by the faculty. (Seminar forms may be picked up at the department office.) 

Last Updated: 10/30/17