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 College of Communication and the Arts. 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 faculty 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.
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.
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:
Sean Koogan (UT chapter President)
Theatre Program Student Learning Objectives
- Students will evaluate and critique characteristics of theatrical production and dramatic literature across various historical periods and geographic locations.
- Students will construct critical perspectives and express these through live, technological, and written modes of communication.
- Students will select and apply the best practices of production and technology to theatrical production and design.
- Students will interpret and develop intermediate to advanced competence in one or more creative specializations in the arts of acting, directing, playwriting, design and technology.
- Students will assemble the skill sets that best prepares them for the profession.
- Students will employ best practices in theatre arts administration.
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 3110 World Theatre I 3
THR 3120 World Theatre II 3
THR 3710 Directing 3
THR 4110 Contemporary American Theatre 3
THR 4500 Professional Aspects 2
** Must be taken twice.
Take any additional theatre electives that will reach the required 35 minimum hours for the major.
* May be taken more than once
Students pursuing a BA in Theatre also may complete an optional concentration
in Performance, Design/Technology, or Theatre Studies by taking an additional 12 hours as follows:
Take 12 hours from THR 2620, 3610, 3620, 3640, 3650, 4620, 4640, 4990.
Take 12 hours from THR 2420, 3410, 3440, 3480, 4400, 4990.
Take 12 hours including special topics in theatre and drama, in consultation
with the coordinator/adviser of theatre studies.
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:
3.3 minimum GPA in Theatre courses
3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
12 hours completed in Theatre
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.
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 MAKEUP FOR THE ACTOR
[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 3110 WORLD THEATRE I
[3 hours] Developments and trends in theatre and drama from the ancient world through the Renaissance, including traditional forms of theatre in India, China and Japan.
THR 3120 WORLD THEATRE II
[3 hours] Developments and trends in theatre and drama from the late 17th Century to the present day, including developments in Latin America and Africa.
THR 3210 PLAYWRITING
[3 hours] Creative writing for the theatre analyzing traditional and contemporary structure and style. Prerequisite: ENGL 2720 ot THR 2200
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 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 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 4110 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN THEATRE
[3 hours] Developments and trends in the American Theatre since 1945.
THR 4120 CONTEMPORARY BRITISH AND IRISH THEATRE [3 hours] Contemporary British and Irish theatre surveys a diverse group of writers who represent previously silenced voices in those countries forcing a re-examination of who speaks for British or Irish drama. Prerequisite: ENGL Comp II
THR 4130 AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
[3 hours] A history of the American Musical Theatre from 19th Century to present. Prerequisite: ENGL Comp II
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, audtion 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 4640 DIALECTS FOR STAGE
[2 hours] Exercises and projects designed to help the student explore the major regional and foreign stage dialects. An introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: THR 2640, 3640 or permission of instructor
THR 4700 MAJORS SEMINAR
[1 hour] Survey of the full range of professional opportunities and practices in Theatre. Students in designated program tracks are instructed in resume, portfolio and interview processes. Prerequisite: Permission of coordinating instructor.
THR 4900 SPECIAL TOPICS: THEATRE AND DRAMA
[3 hours] Exploration of a special topic in the history and criticism of theatre and drama - e.g., Modern Theories of Theatre Art or Stanislavski's Heritage or Baroque Theatre Architecture and Its Scenic Conventions.
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 adviser
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.)