Welcome to the School of Theater's catalog section. The School of Theater has had a longstanding track record of success with its graduates. Alumni from our undergraduate programs have gone on to very successful careers in the professional theater, television, and film. The degree programs also give you the competitive edge to enter the best graduate schools in theater. The undergraduate theater programs are National Association of Schools of Theater approved and designed for completion over a period of four years.
The undergraduate theater major at Ohio University experiences a blend of intensive training in an area of concentration with core courses in theater studies. These are coordinated with general education liberal arts courses leading to a professionally oriented Bachelor of Fine Arts degree through the College of Arts and Sciences.
The School of Theater advises theater majors to complete the University's general education requirements in a manner that broadens the individual student's perspective and worldview. Within the discipline of theater, all undergraduate students enroll in core courses that examine the literature and history of theater, all undergraduate students enroll in core courses that examine the literature and history of theater, the role of theater in society, and the relationship of theater to other disciplines in the arts.
Production activities are considered crucial to the total curriculum planning of a theater major. Majors register each quarter for a credit-bearing practicum in production. In the first year of training, this involves participation in productions through technical and management assignments. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to participate as a performer, technician in lighting or sound, designer, or in theater or stage management. Some practicum assignments are available for the summer at Monomoy Theater in Cape Cod, which is affiliated with Ohio University.
Your progress is evaluated quarterly by your advisor and faculty in your training area. All theater majors are required to attain a minimum grade of C in any theater course required for graduation. Unsatisfactory progress may result in academic probation, recommendation for transfer to another sequence or degree within the school, modification of the program, or denial of further enrollment as a degree candidate in the School of Theater.
A minor or second major is possible in some cases if you have used careful advising procedures and made intelligent use of the elective options and General Education requirements. Highly motivated and talented students can pursue their degree work in the School of Theater through the Honors Tutorial College, if the tutorial mode of instruction is appropriate for the particular student.
Provisional acceptance into BFA programs: End of freshman year.
After acceptance into one of these programs, retention is based on periodic review of the student's progress, with a major review at the end of the sophomore year.
THAR 090 Lunchbag Theater Seminar Series 0 THAR 101 Intro to Profession 1 THAR 111 (*) Improvisation I 2 THAR 110 Intro to Performance 2 THAR 112 (*) Intro to Perf. Warm-up 2 or THAR 213 Acting Fundamentals I THAR 130 Intro to Design 3 THAR 131 Intro to Stagecraft 3 THAR 151 Fundamentals of Playwriting 3 THAR 171 Play Analysis 3 THAR 172 Elements of Performance 3 THAR 270, 271, 272 Theater History I, II, III 12 THAR 420 Directing 4 Two seminars from 470 series 8 Two English courses at the 200 level or above 8 *For students interested in auditioning for the performance program. Students may fulfill the acting component of the theater core by completing 110, 111, and 112 or completing 110 and 213. Practicum Freshman Two 100-level practica Two courses, 3 credit hours each (winter, spring) 6 Sophomore Three 200-level practica Three courses, 2 credit hours each (fall, winter, spring) 6 Junior Two 300-level practica Two courses, 3 credit hours each (any quarters) 6 Senior Three 400-level practica Three courses, 2 credit hours each (fall, winter, spring) in area of emphasis 6Minimum total practicum credits: 24
All majors are required to enroll for Lunchbag Theater Seminar each quarter of residence.
Liberal Arts Requirements for Theater Majors
In addition to the Tier I, II, and III requirements, all majors in the School of Theater are required to take two English courses at the 200 level or above. Two Shakespeare courses are strongly advised and may be required in a specific program. (Tier I junior composition does not fulfill this requirement.)
The B.F.A. in theater performance is a rigorous program fostering creative, cognitive, and artistic skills. It is intended to advance the education and training of motivated, curious, self-reliant, adaptable theater artists capable of dealing with all aspects of theater and contributing to the relationship between theater and society. Theater and performance serve as the basis of the undergraduate fine arts education. Theater is approached technically as craft and art, but also as a way of looking at, interpreting, organizing, and expressing one's ideas and thoughts. We seek serious, disciplined students interested in demanding technical training, who want the art of theater and performance to be at the core of their education.
Formal application and audition into the Theater Performance Program (TPP) takes place during the freshmen year. Transfer students from other programs and institutions are accepted provided they can meet the requirements of the program, the school, and University General Education.
In addition to the University and theater core requirements, you are required to include additional electives from a broad range of areas and to maintain minimum academic and artistic standards. Tier II classes can be counted toward meeting these requirements. The B.F.A. in performance fosters diversification within the theater curriculum and in disciplines essential to a liberal education. Careful and consistent faculty supervision and advising are an integral part of the program.
During the freshmen and and sophomore years, you will complete most of the Tier I and II University requirements as well as the freshman and sophomore components of the theater core. After your freshman year (or first quarter of residency in the case of a transfer student), you are eligible to audition for all school productions. Required coursework in acting is available to theater majors who do not join the performance program.
Required studio performance courses are the core of the program at all three year levels. The sophomore year is dedicated to the acting foundation and the junior year to classical ensemble, leading to a senior year that emphasizes new work from original scripts to ensemble collaboration. There is programmatic interaction with the MFA programs in Directing, Playwriting, and Acting.
There is constant communication among the faculty to evaluate your progress, confirm individual progress decisions, and resolve any issues germane to your success in the program. If you are struggling academically or programmatically, you may receive a letter of concern or be placed on probation. Continued concern indicates doubt about the appropriateness of your continuation in the TPP.
Sophomore Year Acting Ensemble Foundation 20 THAR 210 Acting I 4 THAR 211 Acting II 4 THAR 212 Acting III 4 THAR 216 Intro to Movement 2 THAR 217 Intro to Voice 6 Junior Year Classical Ensemble 25 THAR 310 Audition Technique and Practice 3 THAR 312 Scene Study 4 THAR 314 Theater Performance: Selected Topics 3 THAR 316 Movement Theater I (taken twice) 6 THAR 317A, B, C Voice for the Stage I, II, III 9 Senior Year Ensemble 21 THAR 410 Scene Study: Selected Topics 4 THAR 411 Acting IV 3 THAR 414 Acting V 3 THAR 415 * Acting Practicum 6 THAR 416 Movement Theater II 2 THAR 417 Advanced Voice Training 2 THAR 418 Senior Project 2 Total Minimum Requirements 67 *In additon to theater core requirements. Additional Electives You are required to include electives in your program plan and are encouraged to choose from the areas listed below. Your advisor will monitor the progress of this requirement. Foreign Language/Culture Third World Culture, International Studies Philosophy, including, but not limited to, philosophy of art Anthropology/ Political Science/History Literature (nondramatic) Music and Music History Studio Art and Art History
In addition to the course work, students will have ongoing guidance, counseling, and evaluation from their advisor. The advisor will help the student track their prograss in meeting the necessary goals for entry into the stage management profession. Part of the process will include an evaluation of the student's ability to meet these goals and continue in the program.
Student will be admitted into the program based on a resume, two letters of recommendation, completion of application form, and an interview.
In addition to University and theater core requirements, you are required to complete the following courses:
Management: 66 credits Two courses selected from: THAR 230 Stagecraft: Scenery 6 or THAR 231 Stagecraft: Lighting or THAR 232 Stagecraft: Costume THAR 330 Elem of Technical Direction 4 THAR 402 Theater Management 4 THAR 405 Practicum in Mgt. 4 or THAR 427 Practicum in Stage Mgt. THAR 409 Ind. Studies in Admin. 6 THAR 426 Stage Management I 3 THAR 440 Professional Theater Internship 12 THAR 428 Stage Management II 4 ACCT 101 Financial Accounting 4 ECON 103 Prin. of Microeconomics 4 MGT 202 Management 4 MGT 430 Management Systems-- Decision Making 4 MKT 202 Marketing Principles 4 PESS 227 First Aid 3
The B.F.A. in playwriting is designed as an intensive introduction to the art of dramatic writing for the stage. Study in this major focuses upon dramatic structure, its relationship to literature, and how the spoken word functions on the stage and in performance. Students accepted in to B.F.A. playwriting program must complete a wide range of courses in addition to the core series of playwriting courses. The additional required courses include acting, theatrical design, literature, and courses in other disciplines, specifically English.
During the first two years, you should coplete much of the theater core and general education requirements. In consultation with your advisor, you may also enroll in 200- and 300-level English courses that focus upon writers and literature related to your area of interest. At the end of your freshman year, you must interview, present writing samples and a letter of recommendation from the Fundamentals of Playwriting instructor for acceptance into the program. Your work will be reviewed at the end of your sophomore and junior years. Students must demonstrate significant progress int eh development of dramatic writing skills for continued success int eh program.
In addition to University and theater core requirements, you are required to complete the following courses:
THAR 213 Acting Funadmentals II 4 THAR 250 Playwriting I 4 THAR 313 Acting Studies I 4 THAR 320 Directing II 4 THAR 350 Playwriting II 4 THAR 418 Senior Project 2 THAR 438A Historical Bases of Design I 4 or THAR 438B Historical Bases of Design II THAR 450 Advanced Playwriting 4 THAR 451 Playwriting Workshop 3 THAR 459 Independent Studies in Playwriting 6 THAR 470 Tragedy 4 or THAR 471 Comedy or THAR 472 Forms of Drama or THAR 473 Seminar in Theater History and Drama: Selected Topics or THAR 477 American Theater and Drama Two Eng. Electives(*) (200 level or above) 8 Two Eng. Electives(*) (300 level or above) 8
*Can be used to fulfill Tier II requirements.
The B.F.A. in production design and technology is available with an emphasis on the environmental aspects of performance. Design and technology in scenery, costumes, lighting, properties, sound, stage management, and makeup are taught in a series of courses and special projects throughout the four-year curriculum. Productions are prepared under the close personal advisement and participation of the production faculty and staff. Qualified students are challenged with major creative responsibilities.
During the first two years, you should complete much of the theater core and general education requirements. In consultation with your advisor, you may also enroll in selected production design technology courses at the 200 level and above. At the end of your freshman year, you interview and present your portfolio for provisional acceptance into the program. At the end of your sophomore year, you will again present your portfolio and interview for continuing status in this program. Portfolio examples of Design and Technical work from THAR 130, 131 and 135 classes should be presented in addition to other examples of art work or technical work at the Production Design and Technoogy audition interveiw. At the end of your sophomore year, you will again present your portfolio and interview for continuing status in this program. Continuing in the program is contingent upon successful annual portfolio reviews.
In addition to the University and theater core requirements, you are required to complete the following:
THAR 230 Stagecraft: Scenery 3 THAR 231 Stagecraft: Lighting 3 THAR 232 Stagecraft: Costume 3 THAR 233 Theatrical Design Skills 3 THAR 338 History of Costume 4 or THAR 438A Hist. Bases of Design I or THAR 438B Hist. Bases of Design II THAR 431 Lighting Design II 4 or THAR 432 Costume Design II or THAR 434 Scene Design II At least two of the following three: THAR 331 Theory of Lighting 4 THAR 332 Costume Design I 4 THAR 334 Scene Design 4A minimum additional 15 credits selected from production design and technology classes numbered 300 and above, or areas related to production design and technology approved by your advisor.
Students who wish to declare a minor in Theater must consult with their major advisor, in addition to the advisor for minors in the School of Theater and to pursue the program. Any student declaring a minor in the School of Theater must maintain a 2.0 g.p.a. in the minor.
Required Core Courses: 13
THAR 110, 111 Intro to Performance 2 or THAR 113 Acting Fundamentals THAR 170 The Theater Exper. 4 or THAR 172 Elem. of Performance or 3 Practicum 6 (minimum of 3 experiences; at least 1 in PD&T or Mgt)At least one course (not less than 3 credits) in each of the following groups:
1THAR 130, 131 (3)
2Playwriting, Directing, Acting (200 level or above) or THAR 218 A, B, C (Voice) (4)
3THAR 270, 271, 272; THAR 470 series (4)
Total required groups: 11
Chosen from any available courses in the School of Theater.
Mininum credit hours required for minor: 30
The B.F.A. degrees are issued by the College of Fine Arts.
The B.A. degree is issued by the College of Arts and Sciences.