Department of Theatre & Musical Theatre

BFA in Theatre (Emphasis in Acting & Directing, Design and Technology, Teaching Certification) | BFA in Musical Theatre (Emphasis in Theatre, Dance, and Music) | Minor in Theatre | Course Descriptions


Chair: Penelope A. Hasekoester     (936) 294-1330    

Faculty: Laura Avery, Elizabeth Freese, Kristina Hanssen, Eric Marsh, Maureen McIntyre, David McTier, Thomas Prior, Leslie Swackhamer

Website: www.shsu.edu/~drm_www/

Theatre reflects the human condition in the study of a wide range of behavior, relationships, periods of history, social configurations, and aesthetic styles. Involvement in this collaborative art form finds students growing in theatre skills and techniques, better understanding themselves, solving problems, working within a group and meeting production deadlines.

A theatre major first studies each area of the theatre to gain substantial knowledge of acting, technical theatre, costuming, lighting and scenic design, stage makeup, history, criticism, and directing. From that background, a person can specialize in one of these areas with additional coursework in theatre, and in such fields as music, dance, art, radio and television, or teacher education. Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs are available in musical theatre with arease of emphasis in theatre, dance and music and theatre with areas of emphasis acting and directing, design technology and theatre technology, and teacher certification.

Students have the opportunity to audition and possibly be cast in shows every semester. As they develop expertise in areas of their primary interests, advanced students are chosen to stage manage, to design lights, sets, costumes, sound, makeup, and to direct major productions. Productions are staged in either the large, 396-seat proscenium theatre or the 90-seat thrust theatre. The theatres themselves, as well as the scene and costume shops are equipped with excellent technical equipment. Guest directors and professional workshops provide students additional contacts with other people in professional theatre. The proximity to Houston also allows students exposure to many venues of professional theatre, opera, dance, film and other forms of entertainment.

Academic Programs

Advisement

It is recommended that all theatre and musical theatre majors are advised by faculty in the department.

Highlights

The Theatre and Musical Theatre programs at Sam Houston State University:

  • are active in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival(KCACTF).
  • have been invited to participate at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival consistently since 2000.
  • were invited to perform The Laramie Project at the National KCACTF Festival in Washington, D.C. in 2003.
  • have an apprenticeship program with the Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. Two musical theatre students are selected to participate each year.
  • have an internship program with STAGES Repertory Theatre in Houston.
  • have an internship program with Classical Theatre Company in Houston.
  • have an internship program with Texas Repertory Theatre Company in Houston.
  • have private auditions on the Sam Houston State University campus for SHSU theatre and musical theatre students by the Broadway Theatre Project and with The Performing Arts Project.
  • have guest artists in the areas of acting, directing, playwriting, stage management, and design. These have included Edward Albee, James Black, Andrew Campbell, Rod Caspers, Dave Clemmons, Kevin Cooney, Judy Dolan. Sofia Gomez, Greg Graham, Jean Guy LeCat, Luc LaFortune, Robert Marks, James McLure, Keith Pitts, Mark Ramont, Georgia Stitt, and Michael York.
  • Selected graduating senior musical majors participate in a New York showcase.

The program also holds memberships and participates in:

  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)
  • Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA)
  • National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT)
  • Southwest Theatre Association (SWTA)
  • Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA)
  • Texas Nonprofit Theatres (TNT)
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the theatre program are well prepared for rewarding careers in professional or educational theatre or for graduate school.

Suggested Minors

There is no minor required for a BFA in Theatre or Musical Theatre.

Student Organizations

  • Alpha Psi Omega - honorary national drama fraternity
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology

Internships/Apprenticeships

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre has a professional internship program with Theatre Under The Stars, Houston. This apprenticeship allows Sam Houston State University students to work with the Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre and to work with Theatre Under The Stars in a performance as well as an arts administration capacity.  In addition a new internship has been developed with STAGES Repertory Theatre and Classical Theatre Company in Houston.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available through the theatre program for theatre and musical theatre majors. Performance, technical and design auditions are held each spring for freshman and transfer students entering in the fall. Continuing scholarships are available for application toward the end of each semester. Contact the department or visit the website for further information.

Student assistantships are available for advanced theatre students who work in scenery, properties, costuming, lighting, and management.

Curriculum

Required Courses for Major
All theatre majors are required to register for THR 114 <1114> or 314 <3114>, theatre workshop, for 4 semesters. All musical theatre majors are required to register for 2 semester hours of production crew.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Acting and Directing consists of the following requirements: THR 114 <1114>for two semesters, 314 <3114> for two semesters, 160 <1330>, 161 <1331>, 162 <1332>, 164 <1364>, 230 <2330>, 231 <2331>, 232 <2332>, 268 <2368>, 337 <3337>, 365 <3365>. 369 <3369>, 370 <3370>, 372 <3372>, and 433 <4333>, one design course from 260 <2360>, 261 <2361>, 334 <3334>, 430 <4330>, or 461 <4361>; 360 <3360>, 460 <4360>, or 471 <4371>, 463 <4363>, 466 <4366>, 467 <4367>, 3 hours of advanced theatre electives, 3 hours of art or music, and 3 hours of dance, and 3 additional hours of upper division English. A minor is not required in this degree program.

Note: Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major in Theatre-Acting and Directing Emphasis

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Major in Theatre - Acting and Directing Emphasis

SHSU Course Number

Hours

Recommended Sequence

Core Curriculum

Component Area I (Communication)
ENG 164 <ENGL 1301> and ENG 165 <ENGL 1302>

6

Freshman

Component Area II (Mathematics)

3

Sophomore

Component Area III (Natural Sciences):
BIO 245 <BIOL 2401>
PHY 135/115 <PHYS 1305/1105>

8

Junior

Component Area IV (Visual/Performing Arts)
DNC 172 <DANC 1372>

3

Freshman

Component Area IV (Literature or PHL)

3

Sophomore

Component Area IV (Cultural Studies)

3

Sophomore

Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

 

 

HIS 163 <HIST 1301>, HIS 164 <HIST 1302>

6

Freshman

POL 261 <POLS 2301>, 200-level POL <2000-level POLS>

6

Sophomore

     Behavioral Sciences

3

Junior

Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option
KIN 215 <KINE 2115>

1

Freshman

Degree Specific Requirements

DNC 162 <DANC XXXX>

2

Freshman

Music or Art

3

Junior

ENG <ENGL> (Literature, Adv)

3

Senior

Major Core

THR 114 <THEA 1114> (2 semesters)

2

Freshman

THR 160 <THEA 1330>1, THR 161 <THEA 1331>,

THR 162 <THEA 1332>, THR 164 <THEA 1364>, THR 230 <THEA 2330>

15

Freshman

THR 314 <THEA 3114> (2 semesters)

2

Sophomore

THR 231 <THEA 2336>, THR 232 <THEA 2337>,

THR 260 <THEA 2360>, THR 268 <THEA 2368>

12

Sophomore

THR 365 <THEA 3365>

3

Junior

THR 337 <THEA 3337>,THR 360 <THEA 3360>,

THR 369 <THEA 3369>, THR 372 <THEA 3372>

12

Junior

THR 334 <THEA 3334>, THR 430 <THEA 4330>,

THR 461 <THEA 4361> (any one)

3

Junior

THR 433 <THEA 4333>, THR 460 <THEA 4360>,
THR 463 <THEA 4363>
, THR 466 <THEA 4366>,
THR 467 <THEA 4367>

15

Senior

Theatre electives from THR 395 <THEA 3395>,
THR 431 <THEA 4331>
, THR 432 <THEA 4332>,
THR 462 <THEA 4362>, THR 468 <THEA 4368>,
THR 469 <THEA 4369>
, THR 487 <THEA 4387>,
THR 489 <THEA 4389>
, THR 492 <THEA 4392>

9

Senior

Total Hours:                                                                                      120

Notes:
1THR 160 <THEA 1330> satisfies the requirement for Component Area IV (Visual and Performing Arts) and the major requirement.

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major in Theatre-Design and Technology Emphasis

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Design and Technology consists of THR 114 <1114>for two semesters, 314 <3114> for two semesters, 160 <1330>, 161 <1331>, 162 <1332>, 164 <1364>, 230 <2330>, 231 <2331>, or 268 <2368>, 260 <2360>, 261 <2361>, 331 <3331>, 334 <3334>, 337 <3337>, 360 <3360>, 362 <3362>, 460 <4360> or 471 <4371>, 463 <4363>, 465 <4365>, and 466 <4366>, 9 hours of advanced theatre electives, 9 hours of art, an additional 3 hours of English. No music is required.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Major in Theatre-Design and Technology Emphasis

SHSU Course Number

Hours

Recommended Sequence

Core Curriculum

Component Area I (Communication)
ENG 164 <ENGL 1301> and ENG 165 <ENGL 1302>

6

Freshman

Component Area II (Mathematics)

3

Freshman

Component Area III (Natural Sciences)

8

Freshman/Sophomore

Component Area IV (Visual/Performing Arts)

3

Sophomore

Component Area IV (Literature or PHL)

3

Sophomore

Component Area IV (Cultural Studies)

3

Sophomore

Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

 

 

HIS 163 <HIST 1301>, HIS 164 <HIST 1302>

6

Freshman/Sophomore

POL 261 <POLS 2301>, 200-level POL <2000-level POLS>

6

Sophomore

     Behavioral Sciences

3

Junior

Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option)
KIN 215 <KINE 2115>

1

Freshman

Degree Specific Requirements

ENG <ENGL> (Literature, Advanced)

3

Junior

ART 370 <ARTS 2386>

3

Senior

ART 163 <ARTS 1316>1 and ART 260 <ARTS 1303>

6

 

Major Core

 

 

THR 114 <THEA 1114> (2 semesters)

2

Freshman

THR 160 <THEA 1330>1, THR 161 <THEA 1331>,

THR 162 <THEA 1332>, THR 164 <THEA 1364>,

THR 230 <THEA 2330>

15

Freshman

THR 314 <THEA 3114> (2 semesters)

2

Sophomore

THR 231 <THEA 2336>, THR 268 <THEA 2368>

6

Sophomore

THR 260 <THEA 2360>, THR 261 <THEA 2361>

6

Sophomore

THR 331 <THEA 3332>, THR 334 <THEA 3334>,

THR 337 <THEA 3337>

9

Junior

THR 360 <THEA 3360>, THR 460 <THEA 4360>, or

THR 471 <THEA 4371>

6

Junior

THR 463 <THEA 4363>

3

Senior

THR 362 <THEA 3362>, THR 465 <THEA 4365>

6

Senior

THR 466 <THEA 4366>

3

Senior

Theatre Electives from THR 330 <THEA 3331>,

THR 335 <THEA 3335>, THR 365 <THEA 3365>,

THR 395 <THEA 3395>, THR 461 <THEA 4361>,

THR 475 <THEA 4375>, THR 430 <THEA 4330>

12

Senior

Total Hours:                                                                              120

Notes:
1ART 163 satisfies the requirement for Component Area IV (Visual and Performing Arts) and the degree specific.

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major in Musical Theatre
With Theatre Emphasis

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre is available with an emphasis in theatre, music, or dance. The theatre emphasis requires 48 hours of theatre, 16 to 27 hours of dance and 24 hours of music. The dance emphasis requires 30 to 48 hours of dance, 31 hours of theatre, and 24 hours of music. The music emphasis requires 40 hours of music, 31 hours of theatre, and 19 to 27 hours of dance.

Entry into the musical theatre program is by audition only, and those auditions are scheduled toward the end of every semester. Contact the Theatre Program for information.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Major in Musical Theatre With Theatre Emphasis

SHSU Course Number

Hours

Recommended Sequence

Core Curriculum

Component Area I (Communication)
ENG 164 <ENGL 1301> and ENG 165 <ENGL 1302>

6

Freshman

Component Area II (Mathematics)

3

Freshman

Component Area III (Natural Sciences)

8

Sophomore, Junior

Component Area IV (Visual/Performing Arts)

3

Freshman

Component Area IV (Literature or PHL)

3

Junior

Component Area IV (Cultural Studies)

3

Senior

Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

 

 

HIS 163 <HIST 1301>, HIS 164 <HIST 1302>

6

Sophomore, Junior

POL 261 <POLS 2301>, 200-level POL <2000-level POLS>

6

Junior

     Behavioral Sciences

3

Senior

Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option)
KIN 215 <KINE 2115>

1

Freshman

Major Core

THR 114 <THEA 1114> (2 semesters)

2

Freshman

THR 160 <THEA 1330>1, THR 161 <THEA 1331>, or
THR 162 <THEA 1332>,

3

Freshman

THR 164 <THEA 1364>

3

Freshman

THR 317 <THEA 3117>*
Musical Theatre Workshop (8 semesters)

8

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

DNC <DANC> (2 semesters)

4-9

Freshman

<MUEN 3112> (2 Semesters)

2

Junior, Senior

<MTVO 1101> (4 semesters)

8

Sophomore

THR 314 <THEA 3114> (1 semester)

1

Sophomore

THR 230 <THEA 2330>, THR 231 <THEA 2336>,
THR 268 <THEA 2368>

9

Sophomore

<DANC> (2 semesters)

4-6

Sophomore

MUS 126 <MUSI 1226>, MUS 115 <MUSI 1115>,
MUS 127 <MUSI 1227>
, MUS 116 <MUSI 1116>

6

Sophomore

THR 369 <THEA 3369>

3

Junior

THR 370 <THEA 3370> or THR 372 <THEA 3372>
3
Junior 
THR 431 <THEA 4331>
3
Junior or Senior

DNC <DANC 3333> (2 semesters)

4-9

Junior

<MTVO 3301> (4 semesters)

8

Junior, Senior

THR 432 <THEA 4332>, THR 466 <THEA 4366>,
THR 471 <THEA 4371>

9

Junior, Senior

DNC <DANC>(2 semesters)

4-9

Senior

Senior Showcase Seminar (1 semester-audition only)

1

Senior

Total Hours:                                                                   138-143

Notes:
1 THR 160 <THEA 1330> satisfies the requirement for Component Area IV (Visual and Performing Arts) and the degree specific.

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major in Theatre With Teaching Certification

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with secondary teaching certification requires a minor in another academic area (18-24 hrs.) beyond the courses listed below.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Major in Theatre With Teaching Certification

SHSU Course Number

Hours

Recommended Sequence

Core Curriculum

Component Area I (Communication)
ENG 164 <ENGL 1301> and ENG 165 <ENGL 1302>

6

Freshman

Component Area II (Mathematics)

3

Freshman

Component Area III (Natural Sciences)

8

Sophomore

Component Area IV (Visual/Performing Arts)

3

Freshman

Component Area IV (Literature or PHL)

3

Sophomore

Component Area IV (Cultural Studies)

3

Junior

Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences)

 

 

HIS 163 <HIST 1301>, HIS 164 <HIST 1302>

6

Freshman

POL 261 <POLS 2301>, 200-level POL <2000-level POLS>

6

Sophomore

     Social Sciences

3

Senior

Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option)
KIN 215 <KINE 2115>

1

Freshman

Major Core

THR 114 <THEA 1114> (2 semesters)

2

Freshman

THR 160 <THEA 1330>1, THR 161 <THEA 1331>,
THR 162 <THEA 1332>
, THR 164 <THEA 1364>,
THR 230 <THEA 2330>

15

Freshman

DNC 126 <DANC 1206>

2

Freshman

THR 314 <THEA 3114> (2 semesters)

2

Sophomore

THR 231 <THEA 2336>, THR 232 <THEA 2337>,
THR 268 <THEA 2368>
, THR 369 <THEA 3369>,
THR 365 <THEA 3365>

15

Sophomore

THR 337 <THEA 3337>, THR 360 <THEA 3360>,
THR 466 <THEA 4366>
, THR 467 <THEA 4367>

12

Junior

THR 334 <THEA 3334>, THR 430 <THEA 4330>,
THR 461 <THEA 4361> (any two)

6

Junior

SED 374 <CISE 3374>

3

Junior

SED 383 <CISE 3383>, RDG 392 <READ xxxx>

6

 

THR 463 <THEA 4363>, THR 460 <THEA 4360> or
THR 471 <THEA 4371>, 6 hrs. electives at 400-level <4000-level>

12

Senior

SED 394 <CISE 3394>, SED 464 <CISE 4364>,
SED 480 <CISE 4380>, SED 496 <CISE 4396>, SED 497 <CISE 4397>

15

Senior

COM 384 <COMS 3384>

3

Senior

Total Hours:                                                                                      132

Notes:
1THR 160 <THEA 1330> satisfies the requirement for Component Area IV (Visual and Performing Arts) and the degree specific.

 

Theatre Minor

A Minor in Theatre usually consists of the following courses: One course three hours (THR 160 <THEA 1330>, 161 <1331>, 162 <1332>), three one hour crews (scene shop, costume shop, box office), one course three hours in THR 463 <THEA 4363> (Theory & Criticism) or THR 492 <THEA 4392> (Dramaturgy), one course in acting three hours THR 164 <THEA 1364> (Acting I), one course in management three hours THR 365 <THEA 3365> (Stage Management), One three hour course from THR 337 <THEA 3337>, THR 360 <THEA 3360> or 460 <4360> (Costume History, Theatre History 1 or 2),and three three hour theatre electives (nine hours) whose focus is the student’s area of interest.

Auditions

Auditions for productions are open to all SHSU students.


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