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Godspell, Cabaret, A Doll’s House, student-written plays: at Elmhurst’s Mill Theatre, the opportunities are rich, rewarding, and educational.

Theatre students at Elmhurst College choose from six different areas of concentration: acting, directing, theatre design and technology, stage management, theatre arts administration, and general theatre. In each, you’ll be immersed in the theory and history of drama and stagecraft and put your skills into practice. You’ll study with adjunct faculty who work as theatre professionals. You’ll participate in the American College Theatre Festival. You’ll prepare for an entry-level position in the profession, or for intensive study on the graduate level.

The major in theatre requires seven and one-half core courses and five and one-half courses in an area of concentration, including applied theatre. While an audition is not required for admission, students should consult with theatre faculty before beginning the program.

Required Courses
Must be taken by every student majoring in theatre.
THE 226 Acting Technique I
THE 227 Development of the Theatre
THE 228 Stagecraft
THE 329 World Theatre and Drama in Cultural Contexts
THE 350 Play Analysis
THE 498 Theatre Capstone (in conjunction with area of concentration)

Two of the following:
THE 314 History of Musical Theatre
THE 331 Histoy of Western Theatre I
THE 332 History of Western Theatre II

One of the following:
ENG 336 Contemporary Literature: Drama
ENG 345 Shakespeare
THE 470 Avant-garde Theatre
THE 471 Holocaust Theatre
Theatre literature elective

Theatre Practicum
As part of the theatre core, theatre majors are required to actively participate in the main stage production season at Elmhurst College. If not cast, the student must participate in some other capacity. Enrollment in a minimum of six terms total of THE 175, 275, 375, 475 Theatre Practicum for credit or non-credit and/or THE 176, 276, 376, 476 Musical Theatre Practicum for credit or non-credit is required regardless of date of entry into the program.

All students majoring in theatre are highly encouraged to complete professional internships and to be active in the appropriate professional organizations.

Areas of Concentration
Students must complete at least one area of concentration in addition to the core and can complete more than one area of concentration. An internship credit may be substituted for one or part of the credits within the concentration. Whether for credit or not, students are highly encouraged to pursue summer internships, auditions and tech opportunities.

Acting
ATA/ATM Applied Theatre in Acting/Applied Theatre in Musical Theatre (.50 credit)
THE 301 Voice and Movement for the Stage
THE 326 Acting Technique II
THE 424 Directing

Two of the following courses:
COM/THE 325 Oral Interpretation
THE 340 Creative Dramatics
THE 352 Special Topics in Theatre (performance focus)
THE 426 Acting Techniques III

One of the following .50 credit courses:
AMV/AMT Applied Voice–singing voice lessons
CSD 203 Phonetics I
THE 176-476 Improvisation Ensemble
Any course in dance chosen from THE 302-406

Students completing the concentration in acting must audition each term on campus and participate in end of term program assessment showcases when enrolled in performance courses and ATA/ATM.

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Directing
ATD Applied Theatre in Directing (.50 credit)
THE 338 Intermediate Design for the Stage
THE 424 Directing
Any course in dance chosen from THE 302–406 (.50 credit)
THE 176-476 Improv Ensemble (.50 credit)

One of the following courses:
THE 301 Voice and Movement for the Stage
THE 326 Acting Technique II

Two of the following courses:
COM 210 Introduction to Video Production
THE 340 Creative Dramatics
THE 352 Special Topics in Theatre (performance focus)
THE 426 Acting Technique III
THE 421 Choreography of Dance (note prerequisites)

Students completing the concentration in directing should serve as stage manager or ASM for at least two productions. Students are requested to enroll in THE 424 in their junior year prior to proposing capstone directing projects.

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Theatre Design and Technology
ATT/ATX Applied Theatre in Design/Applied Theatre in Costume (Two terms at .50 credit)
THE 238 Introduction to Design
THE 328 Intermediate Design for the Stage
THE 338 Costume Construction
THE 428 Design for the Stage
KIN 204 Emergency Procedures (.50 credit)

One of the following courses:
ART 115 Drawing Studio
ART 120 Painting Studio
ART 125 Design Studio
THE 352 Special Topics in Theatre (design focus)

Students completing the concentration in theatre design and technology must produce actualized designs for the production season in at least two of the following design areas: scenery, lighting, costume, sound.

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Stage Management
ATS Applied Theatre in Stage Management (.50 credit)
ATT Applied Theatre in Lighting (.50 credit)
KIN 204 Emergency Procedures (.5 credit)
THE 238 Introduction to Design
THE 424 Directing
Theatre elective

Two of the following courses:
COM 218 Nonverbal Communication and Effective Listening
COM 312 Small Group Communication
COM 315 Intercultural Communication
COM 322 Conflict Management
COM 450 Leader and Communication

Students completing the concentration in stage management must stage manage at least two productions and design in at least one area.

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Theatre Arts Administration
Five of the following courses:
ATB/ATS Applied Theatre in Theatre Business Administration/Applied Theatre in Stage
Management (.50 credit)
BUS 230 Principles of Marketing
BUS 250 Management Theory and Practice
BUS 261 Financial Accounting
BUS 263 Accounting and Financial Management for Non-Business Majors
BUS 340 Business Finance
COM 312 Small Group Communication
COM 319 Business and Professional Communication
COM 450 Leadership and Communication

One of the following courses:
THE 238 Introduction to Design
ART 113 Introduction to Art Software
ART 216 Introduction to Graphic Design (note prerequisites)
ART 325 Visual Communication (note prerequisite)

Students completing the concentration in theatre arts administration should pursue an internship with a theatre, an arts institution and/or institution in the the non-profit sector. Students are strongly recommended to complete a complementary minor in communications, business, intercultural studied or other discipline.

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General Theatre
Any six course credits in theatre beyond the core.*

One course chosen from:
AMV/AMT Applied Voice: singing voice lessons (.50 credit)
THE 302–406 (.50 credit)
 

*Note the following limitations: Only two courses in any area of applied theatre; only two sections of THE 176-476 Improvisation Ensemble.

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