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School of Theatre and Dance

Mission Statement

Degree and Major Requirements

Goals

Concentrations

Career Opportunities

Minor Requirements

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Special Admission and Retention Requirements




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, C. Thompson, K. Trammell

Associate Professors
P. Johnson, S. O’Hara

Assistant Professors
E. Becher, D. Beck, 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. Roger Hall, theatre coordinator
  • Mr. Shane O’Hara, 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.

  • Alpha Psi Omega
  • Children’s Playshop
  • 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 GTHEA 210, Introduction to Theatre to meet the fine arts/aesthetics requirements. Courses from other departments may not be counted both for the School of Theatre and Dance major and for another major.


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

Required courses

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


 

120

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 Requirements

Credit Hours

Choose one of the following:

2

DANC 140. Elementary Modern Dance 1
DANC 142. Elementary Ballet
DANC 143. International Folk Dance
DANC 144. Ballroom Dance
DANC 146. Jazz Dance2
DANC 147. Tap Dance
DANC 245. Dance Improvisation 1

 

THEA/DANC 171. Performance Production

3

THEA 273. Visual Aspects

3


 

8

1 DANC 140 and DANC 245 are not core options for the dance concentration.
2 DANC 146 is not a core option for the musical theatre 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

Dr. Roger A. Hall, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6037
E-mail: hallra@jmu.edu

Courses

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 1
THEA 499. Honors Thesis 2

 

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)

 

Group A electives (choose one of the following courses):

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 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. Shakespeare’s Comedies and Tragic Histories
ENG 457. Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Comic Histories
ENG 458. Shakespeare on the Page and Stage in London

 

Group D electives (Choose a course from group A, B, or C that has not been applied already to the concentration
requirements, or SCOM 243 Oral Interpretation, or any other course offered by the Theatre or Musical Theatre programs.)

3


 

42

1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
2 THEA 390 Directed Projects, THEA 490 Special Studies, THEA 499 Honors: No more than four hours of practica may be applied to the theatre concentration, and no more than 10 hours of special studies (including practica) may be applied to the theatre concentration.

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 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800

 

THEA 316. The European Theater Tradition from 1800

 

Theatre Group Elective

 

Dance Core Requirement

 

Practicum

 

Third Year

 

THEA 481. Theory and Performance Studies

 

Theatre Group Elective

 

Practicum

 

Fourth Year

 

THEA 441. Senior Thesis

 

Theatre Group Elective

 

Practicum

 

Dance Program

Shane O'Hara, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6511
E-mail: oharast@jmu.edu

Courses

Credit Hours

Core Requirements

8

Dance Concentration Requirements

 

DANC 245. Dance Improvisation

2

DANC 248. History of Dance1

3

DANC 320. 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

3

DANC 479. Methods of Teaching Dance

3

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

1

DANC 210. Associate Group Dance Repertory II

1

DANC 211 A, B. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory I

2

DANC 311 A, B. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory II

2


 

42

1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
2 The student is required to complete four credits each in modern and ballet technique at the intermediate to advanced-intermediate level, with placement to be assessed in conference with dance faculty. Modern, ballet and jazz technique classes all have an advanced level course in the curriculum. Above requirements are the minimum level expected of dance concentration students. Most majors will take technique courses as university electives through out their study in the dance program.

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 320. 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 student’s schedule.

 

Fourth Year

 

DANC 445. Dance Composition II

 

DANC 449. The Dance Professional

 

Other dance technique courses to fit the student’s schedule.

 

Musical Theatre Program

Dr. Norman Hart, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6009
E-mail: hartnp@jmu.edu

Courses

Credit Hours

Core requirements

8

Concentration requirements:

 

THEA 211. Performance Analysis

3

THEA 251. Basic Acting

3

THEA 200 or 300 Theatre Practicum

3

(Choose three different areas of main stage production for one credit each from scenery, lighting, costumes or management)

 

THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800

3

THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800

3

THEA 353. Music Theatre Workshop

3

THEA/MUS 357. Music Theatre History

3

THEA 441. Senior Thesis1

3

THEA 483. Music Theatre Form and Analysis

3

One course from groups A and B of the theatre concentration requirements

6

DANC 146. Jazz Dance

2

DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz

2

DANC 346. Intermediate Jazz II/Musical Theatre Styles

2

MUAP 115/211. Small Group or Applied Voice (one credit)

2

MUS 131/132. Fundamentals of Music I and II

6

Voice/Performance electives from the following (one credit each):

3

MUS 115. Group Voice for Theatre/Dance Majors
MUAP 211. Applied Voice
MUAP 343. Opera Theatre 2
Choral Ensemble

 


 

58

1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
2 May be taken for variable credit, but only one credit will apply towards major requirement.

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

 

MUS/THEA 357. Music Theatre History

 

DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz

 

MUAP 115/211. Group Voice

 

MUS 131. Fundamentals of Music for Nonmusic Majors I

 

MUS 132. Fundamentals of Music for Nonmusic Majors II

 

DANC Core Requirement

 

Third Year

 

THEA 353. Music Theatre Workshop

 

THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theatre

 

THEA 483. Music Theatre Form and 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 option's specific requirements.

Theatre Minor

Courses

Credit Hours

Choose one of the following:

3

THEA 171. Performance Production
THEA 273. Visual Aspects

 

Choose one of the following:

3

THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800
THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800

 

Electives selected from the theatre-designated courses with the approval of the minor adviser

15


 

21

Dance Minor

Courses

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


 

21

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,” Page 82.

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 the section on "Interdisciplinary Programs," Page 84.


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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