Madison Script James Madison University
College of Arts and Letters

School of Theatre and Dance

School of Theatre and Dance

William J. Buck, Director

Phone: (540) 568-6342
E-mail: buckwj@jmu.edu
Web site: http://cal.jmu.edu/stad/


Professors
T. Arthur, W. Buck, R. Hall, T. King, C. Thompson, K. Trammell

Associate Professors
P. Johnson, S. O'Hara

Assistant Professors
J. Brunk, R. Finkelstein, N. Hart, S. Miller-Corso


Mission Statement
Study in the School of Theatre and Dance leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The theatre, dance and musical theatre concentrations will provide students with the skills required for graduate study and for employment in theatre and dance. The theoretical lessons of the classroom are complete only when applied in the context of active learning with practical work in studios and theatres. The course work includes: performance techniques, business management, dance composition, directing, scenic and costume design, technology, theatre and dance history and literary theory. Students think critically as they evaluate performances, designs, literary texts and practical projects. Such a broad-based liberal arts curriculum prepares students to pursue lifelong learning.


Goals
The School of Theatre and Dance aims to provide students with:
  • An ability to understand and express conceptual knowledge.
  • An appreciation of the great works of theatre and dance.
  • An appreciation of theatre and dance as they exist on television, in films, on the stage and in other daily activities.
  • Preparation to work within a group toward a defined goal.
  • Preparation for a professional career in theatre and dance.
  • Preparation for graduate-level studies in theatre and dance.


The school also seeks:
  • To support and enrich interdisciplinary and other academic programs at James Madison University.
  • To provide artistic stimulation and cultural enrichment to the extended community of James Madison University and the Shenandoah Valley.


Career Opportunities
For information about career opportunities in theatre and dance, contact the appropriate coordinator:
  • Dr. Thomas King, theatre coordinator
  • Ms. Cynthia Thompson, dance coordinator
  • Dr. Norman Hart, musical theatre coordinator
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
The School of Theatre and Dance offers a number of co-curricular activities and organizations. They allow students to apply and experiment with the theories they learn in the classroom and gain practical experience in their field.
  • Children's Playshop (Summer Program)
  • Contemporary Dance Ensemble
  • Dance Studio Productions
  • Dance Theatre
  • Experimental Theatre Productions
  • Mainstage Productions
  • Stratford Players
  • Virginia Repertory Dance Company
Special Admission and Retention Requirements
Students planning to declare a dance concentration must audition through the dance program for placement purposes. To schedule an audition, contact the dance office by calling (540) 568-6511.

Students planning to declare a musical theatre concentration must audition for admission, and must demonstrate a basic competence in the areas of acting, singing and dance. To schedule an audition, contact the school office by calling (540) 568-6342.

A grade of "C-" or better must be achieved in all courses that apply to a major in the School of Theatre and Dance. All School of Theatre and Dance majors must complete the General Education program. Theatre/Musical Theatre concentration students cannot take THEA 210, Introduction to Theatre to meet the fine arts/aesthetics requirements. Designated courses from other departments may not be counted both for the School of Theatre and Dance major and for another major. The school will consider exceptions for related courses in areas such as communications and English.


Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance
The School of Theatre and Dance offers one B. A. major with a choice of three concentrations: theatre, dance or musical theatre. A theatre and dance major must fulfill core requirements and the requirements of a particular concentration.
Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
General Education1 41
Foreign Language classes (Intermediate level required)2 0-14
Philosophy course (In addition to General Education courses) 3
University electives 4-34
Major requirements (listed below) 42-58

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary. 2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language's placement test.

Major Requirements
All students pursuing a B.A. degree in the School of Theatre and Dance must complete the core requirements listed below.
Core Corses Credit Hours
Choose one of the following: 3
DANC 140. Elementary Modern Dance
DANC 142. Elementary Ballet
DANC 143. International Folk Dance
DANC 144. Ballroom Dance
DANC 146. Jazz Dance
DANC 147. Tap Dance 1
DANC 245. Dance Improvisation 3
THEA/DANC 171. Performance Production 3
THEA 273. Visual Aspects 8

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1 DANC 140 and 245, are not core options for the Dance Concentration.

Concentrations
In addition to meeting the core requirements, students must choose a concentration and complete the concentration requirements. The concentrations and their requirements are listed here.

Theatre Program
Thomas L. King, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6386
E-mail: kingtl@jmu.edu

Core Corses Credit Hours
Core requirements 8
Concentration requirements:
THEA 211. Performance Analysis 3
THEA 251. Basic Acting 3
THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800 3
THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800 3
Choose one of the following: 3
THEA 441. Senior Thesis
THEA 499. Honors Thesis
THEA 481. Theory and Performance Studies 3
THEA 200 or 300. Theatre Practicum 4
(choose four different areas of main stage productions for one credit each from scenery, lighting, costumes, management or performance) 3
Group A electives (choose one of the following courses): 3 3
THEA 351. Intermediate Acting
THEA 355. Directing
THEA 452. Advanced Acting
THEA 453. Advanced Performance Techniques
THEA 466. Media Performance
Group B electives (choose one of the following courses): 3
THEA 271. Technical Theatre
THEA 331. Technical Costuming
THEA 332. Survey of Costume
THEA 333. Costume Design
THEA 336. Makeup
THEA 371. Advanced Technical Theatre
THEA 374. Stage Lighting
THEA 376. Scene Design
Group C electives (choose one of the following courses): 3
THEA 449. London Theatre
THEA 485. American Theatre
ENG 333. Modern Drama
ENG 334. Contemporary Drama
ENG 456. ShakespeareŐs Comedies and Tragic Histories
ENG 457. ShakespeareŐs Tragedies and Comic Histories
ENG 458. Shakespeare on the Page and Stage in London
Group D electives (choose one of the following or a course from group A, B or C that has not been applied already to the concentration requirements): 3
SCOM 243. Oral Interpretation
THEA 261. Voice for the Stage
THEA 303. Topics in Theatre
THEA 347. Playwriting
THEA 353. Musical Theatre Performance
THEA 382. Contemporary Theatre
THEA 390. Directed Projects 2
THEA 440. Seminar in Theatre
THEA 447. Advanced Playwriting
THEA 450. The Open Studio
THEA 471. Stage Management
THEA 473. Advanced Design and Rendering
THEA 483. Musical Theatre Script and Score Analysis
THEA 488. Experimental Theatre
THEA 490. Special Studies 2
THEA 495. Internship 2
THEA 499. Honors 2

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Recommended Schedule for Majors


First Year
THEA 171. Performance Production
THEA 211. Performance Analysis
THEA 251. Basic Acting

Second Year
THEA 273. Visual Aspects
THEA 316. Theatre in Society
Theatre Group Elective
Dance Core Requirement
Practicum

Third Year
THEA 481. Dramatic Literature and Theory
THEA 482. Dramatic Literature and Theory
Theatre Group Elective
Practicum

Fourth Year
THEA 441. Senior Thesis
Theatre Group Elective
Theatre Group Elective
Practicum


Dance Program
Cynthia Thompson, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6511
E-mail: thompscr@jmu.edu

Core Corses Credit Hours
Core Requirements 8
Dance Concentration Requirements
DANC 245. Dance Improvisation 2
DANC 248. History of Dance1 3
DANC 290. Anatomy and Somatic Studies for the Dancer 3
DANC 345. Dance Composition I 3
DANC 445. Dance Composition II 3
DANC 449. The Dance Professional 2
DANC 479. Methods of Teaching Dance 2
Select four credits from the following courses:2 4
DANC 240. Intermediate Modern Dance I
DANC 340. Intermediate Modern Dance II
Select four credits from the following courses: 1 4
DANC 242. Intermediate Ballet I
DANC 342. Intermediate Ballet II
DANC 110. Associate Group Dance Repertory I 2
DANC 210. Associate Group Dance Repertory II 2
DANC 211 A, B. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory I 2
DANC 311 A, B. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory II 2

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Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
DANC 110. Associate Ensemble (Fall)
DANC 171. Performance Production
DANC 210. Associate Ensemble (Spring)
DANC 240. Intermediate Modern
DANC 242 or 342. Intermediate I or Intermediate Ballet II
DANC 248. History of Dance

Second Year
THEA 273. Visual Aspects
DANC 143 or 144 or 146. Folk, Ballroom or Jazz Dance
DANC 211. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory I (Fall)
DANC 245. Dance Improvisation
DANC 311. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory II (Spring)
DANC 340. Intermediate Modern II
DANC 342 or 442. Intermediate or Intermediate Ballet II

Third Year

DANC 290. Anatomy and Somatic Studies for the Dancer
DANC 345. Dance Composition I
DANC 479. Methods of Teaching Dance
DANC 411 or 312. Contemporary Dance Ensemble
Repertory III or Virginia Repertory Co.
Other dance technique courses to fit the studentŐs schedule.

Fourth Year
DANC 445. Dance Composition II
DANC 449. The Dance Professional
Other dance technique courses to fit the studentŐs schedule.
Musical Theatre Program
Dr. Norman Hart, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6009
E-mail: hartnp@jmu.edu

Core Corses Credit Hours
Core requirements 8
Concentration requirements
THEA 211. Performance Analysis 3
THEA 251. Basic Acting 3
THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800 3
THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800 3
THEA 353. Musical Theatre Performance 3
THEA 357. Musical Theatre History 3
THEA 441. Senior Thesis1 3
THEA 483. Musical Theatre Script and Score Analysis 3
One course from groups A and B of the theatre concentration requirements 6
DANC 346. Intermediate Jazz II/Musical Theatre Styles 2
Select two courses from the following 4
DANC 147. Tap Dance.
DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz.
DANC 247. Intermediate Tap.
DANC 446. Advanced Jazz.
MUAP 115/211. Small Group or Applied Voice 2
MUS 131/132. Fundamentals of Music I and II 6
Music electives from the following: 6
MUS 115/211. Small Group or Applied Voice (two credits)
MUI 221. Survey of Music Industry (three credits)
MUAP 343. Opera Theatre (one-two credits per semester)
MUS 465. Opera History and Literature (three credits)
Choral Ensembles (one credit)

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Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
THEA 171. Performance Production
THEA 211. Performance Analysis
THEA 251. Basic Acting
DANC 147. Tap Dance
MUAP 115/211. Group Voice

Second Year
THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800
THEA 353. Musical Theatre Performance
DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz
MUS 131. Fundamentals of Music for Nonmusic Majors I
MUS 132. Fundamentals of Music for Nonmusic Majors II
DANC Core Requirement

Third Year
THEA 357. Music Theatre History
THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theatre
THEA 483. Music Theatre Script and Score Analysis
DANC 346. Advanced Jazz/Musical Theatre Styles
THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800
Music Elective

Fourth Year
THEA 441. Senior Thesis
Theatre Group Elective
Theatre Group Elective
Music Electives
Teaching Licensure
Students considering teacher licensure should consult with the College of Education.

Minor Requirements
The School of Theatre and Dance offers a minor with options in theatre or dance. The following chart outlines each optionŐs specific requirements.
Theatre Minor Credit Hours
Choose one of the following: 3
THEA 171. Performance Production
THEA 273. Visual Aspects
THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800 3
Electives selected from the theatre-designated courses with the approval of the minor adviser 15

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Dance Minor Credit Hours
DANC 245. Dance Improvisation 2
DANC 248. History of Dance 3
Electives from contemporary dance techniques and/or folk and ballroom techniques with approval of minor adviser 10
Electives selected from dance-designated courses and/or dance related courses at the 300 or 400 level with approval of minor adviser. 6

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Creative Writing Minor The interdisciplinary minor in creative writing is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their writing talents across a number of literary forms and communication contexts. For more detailed information on the minor in creative writing, refer to the section on "Interdisciplinary Programs."

Film Studies Minor The interdisciplinary minor in film studies is designed for students who wish to extend their critical understanding of visual communication and narrative form by studying how movies tell stories, convey information and influence audiences. For more detailed information on the minor in film studies, refer to "Interdisciplinary Programs."

Credit by Examination A student may earn credit for a course in the School of Theatre and Dance by passing an examination. The school administers credit by examination tests during only the first two weeks of a fall or spring semester. The tests will not be offered during summer sessions. A student can take a credit by examination test only once during a semester.

A student must request permission for credit by examination by the end of the semester that precedes the semester in which he or she wants to take the examination. Theatre and dance majors who want to meet a major requirement through examination must take the examination before their final year of study. The school does not offer credit by examination for performance or design courses such as acting, directing, scene design, lighting design, costume design, makeup, stage management, dance technique, composition and ensembles.

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