The theater program is built around a set of recommended tutorials and courses, but each student devises his or her individual course of study in consultation with the Director of Studies. The student is expected to learn the foundational information in all areas of theater, to be involved in production and performance, and to specialize in one area. The student may earn either the BA or BFA in theater, with an emphasis in performance (acting), playwriting, directing, or production design and technology.
The course of study culminates in a series of experiences that synthesize and focus the student's education. These include an optional internship and/or study abroad, a comprehensive examination, a creative project and a thesis (performance or scholarly). Students are also expected to gain external recognition for their work, such as in a performance, exhibition, publication or conference.
Thesis: HTC students are required to complete a thesis, which may involve research and/or creative work. The director of studies for the tutorial program assigns tutors in accord with the interests of the individual student. The tutor, in consultation with the student, develops an individual plan of instruction. For BFA students, the thesis involves participation in a performance, with a written report, evaluation and documentation. For a BA student, the thesis is a scholarly research paper.
Combined BA-MA Program: Students may elect to enroll in a combined program with the graduate Theater History and Criticism Program. It is possible to complete both programs in four to five years
Students should have a potential for self-motivated undergraduate study and be active participants in the educational process while learning in a non-lecture format. Admission to the Honors Tutorial program requires a personal interview with an audition or portfolio (if applicable), at least a 1300 combined SAT or at least a 30 ACT composite score, and a rank in the upper 10% of the high school class.
Admission to the Performance Program is based on audition and interview with the head of the undergraduate performance program, in consultation with the Director of Studies. Transfer students should have a minimum 3.4 GPA. The review process is individualized to allow for students who do not perform well on standardized tests but demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways.
Director of Studies Theater Tutorial Program
Division of Theater
Athens, OH 45701-2979