Career Opportunities

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Special Admission and Retention Requirements

Degree and Major Requirements

Concentrations

Teacher Licensure in Dance

Minor Requirements

Credit by Examination


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School of Theatre and Dance
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
(540)-568-6342
http://www.jmu.edu/theatre/
http://www.jmu.edu/dance/


Director
William J. Buck

Professors
W. Buck, R. Hall, P. Johnson,
S. O'Hara, C. Thompson, K. Trammell

Associate Professors
E. Becher-McKeever, D. Beck,
R. Finkelstein, S. Miller-Corso

Assistant Professors
K. Arecchi, J. Burgess, L. Lindsay,
K. Sherrill

School of Theatre and Dance

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:

The school also seeks:

Career Opportunities
For information about career opportunities in theatre and dance, contact the appropriate coordinator:

Dr. Dennis Beck, Theatre Coordinator
Mr. Shane O'Hara, Dance Coordinator
Ms. Kate Arecchi, 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.

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Special Admission and Retention Requirements
Admission to the dance concentration is competitive and an audition/interview is required. Contact the dance office by calling (540) 568-6511 for current audition information.

Admission to the musical theatre concentration is competitive and an audition is required. Contact the school office by calling (540) 568-6342 for current audition information.

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 Education 1
41
Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 2
0-14
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)
3
University electives
4-31
Major requirements (listed below)
45-58

 
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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 Languages, Literatures and Cultures' 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 Dance 2
     DANC 147. Tap Dance
     DANC 245. Dance Improvisation 1
THEA/DANC 171. Performance Production
3
THEA 273. Visual Aspects
3

 
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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

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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

Dr. Dennis C. Beck, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6386
Courses
Credit Hours
Core Courses
8
Concentration General Requirements
18
     THEA 211. Performance Analysis
     THEA 251. Acting I: Basic Acting
     THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800
     THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800
     THEA 481. Theory and Performance Studies
Choose one of the following:
     THEA 441. Senior Seminar in Theatre
     THEA 499. Honors Thesis 1
Concentration Performance Requirements (choose one)
3
     THEA 351. Acting II: Intermediate Acting
     THEA 355. Directing
Concentration Design/Technology Requirements (choose one)
3-4
     THEA 271. Technical Theatre
     THEA 331. Technical Costuming
     THEA 332. Survey of Costume
     THEA 333. Costume Design
     THEA 374. Stage Lighting
     THEA 376. Scene Design
     THEA 200 or 300. Theatre Practicum
     Choose four different areas of main stage productions for one credit each from      scenery, lighting, costumes, management or performance
Track Requirements (choose one track and complete all courses)
9
Theatre Generalist Track
     Choose any nine THEA credits not already applied to the major.
Performance Track
     THEA 452. Acting III: Contemporary Scene Study
     THEA 453. Acting IV: Approaches to Heightened Language
     THEA 460. Auditioning and Professional Issues
Design/Technology Track
     Choose two courses not already applied to the major:
          THEA 333. Costume Design
          THEA 374. Stage Lighting
          THEA 376. Scene Design
     Choose one course not already applied to the major:
          THEA 271. Technical Theatre
          THEA 331. Technical Costuming
          THEA 332. Survey of Costume
          THEA 336. Stage Makeup
          THEA 371. Advanced Technical Theatre
          THEA 471. Stage Management
          THEA 473. Advanced Design and Rendering
          THEA 390/490. Special Topics (with permission)

 
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Recommended Schedule for Theatre Majors

First Year
     THEA 171. Performance Production
     Theatre Concentration General Requirements

Second Year
     THEA 273. Visual Aspects
     Theatre Concentration General Requirements
     Theatre Concentration Performance or Design/Technology Requirements
     Dance Core Requirement

Third Year
     Theatre Concentration General Requirements
     Theatre Concentration Performance or Design/Technology Requirements
     Track Requirements

Fourth Year
     Theatre Concentration Performance or Design/Technology Requirements
     Track Requirements

Dance Program

Shane O'Hara, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6511
Courses
Credit Hours
Core Requirements
8
Dance Concentration Requirements:
     DANC 245. Dance Improvisation
2
     DANC 248. History of Dance
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: 1
4
     DANC 240. Intermediate Modern Dance I
     DANC 340. Intermediate Modern Dance II
Select four credits from the following courses:
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
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1 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 Dance Majors

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

Second Year
     THEA 273. Visual Aspects
     DANC 143, DANC 144 or DANC 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 (fall and spring)
     DANC 342 or DANC 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 DANC 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

Kate Arecchi, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6009

As of January 2007, all students must audition and be accepted into the musical theatre concentration in order to declare the concentration.

Courses
Credit Hours
Core requirements
8
Concentration requirements:
     THEA 211. Performance Analysis
3
     THEA 251. Acting I: Basic Acting
3
     THEA 200 or 300. Theatre Practicum
4
(Choose three different areas of main stage production for one credit each from scenery, lighting, costumes, or management and one additional credit in performance):
     THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800
3
     THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800
3
     THEA 351. Acting II: Intermediate Acting
3
     THEA 353. Music Theatre Performance
2
     THEA/MUS 357. Music Theatre History and Analysis
3
     THEA 441. Senior Seminar in Theatre
3
     THEA 454. Advanced Music Theatre Performance
2
One course from Music Theatre Electives list (see below)
3
     DANC 146. Jazz Dance
2
     DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz
2
     DANC 346. Intermediate Jazz II/Musical Theatre Styles
2
     MUAP 114. Group Voice for Musical Theatre Concentrators
1
     MUAP 115. Group Voice for Theatre/Dance
1
     MUAP 214. Private Voice for Musical Theatre Concentrators 1
4
     MUS 141. Theory I: Writing and Analysis
3
     MUS 143. Theory I: Aural Perception and Analysis
1
     MUS 100. Keyboarding Skills I
1
     MUS 101. Keyboarding Skills II
1

 
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1 Four enrollments of one credit each.

Musical Theatre Electives
     THEA 271. Technical Theatre
     THEA 331. Technical Costuming
     THEA 332. Survey of Costume
     THEA 333. Costume Design
     THEA 336. History, Theory and Practice of Stage Make-Up
     THEA 355. Directing
     THEA 371. Advanced Technical Theatre
     THEA 374. Stage Lighting
     THEA 376. Scene Design
     THEA 382. Contemporary Theatre
     THEA 449. London Theatre
     THEA 450. The Open Studio
     THEA 471. Stage Management
     THEA 481. Theory and Performance Studies
     THEA 485. American Theatre
     THEA 488. Experimental Theatre


Recommended Schedule for Musical Theatre Majors

First Year
     THEA 171. Performance Production
     THEA 211. Performance Analysis
     THEA 251. Acting I: Basic Acting
     DANC 146. Jazz Dance
     MUAP 114/115. Group Voice
     Dance Core: (DANC 147. Tap Dance) or MUS 100/101. Keyboard Skills I & II

Second Year
     THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theatre
     MUS 100/101. Keyboard Skills I & II or Dance core (DANC 147. Tap)
     THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800 and/or
     THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition from 1800
     THEA 351. Acting II: Intermediate Acting
          or MUS 141. Theory I: Writing and Analysis and MUS 143. Theory I: Aural Perception and           Analysis
     DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz
     MUAP 214. Private Voice
     THEA 353. Music Theatre Performance

Third Year
     THEA 316. The European Theatre Tradition From 1800
          and/or THEA 315. The European Theatre Tradition to 1800
     MUS 141. Theory I: Writing and Analysis and MUS 143. Theory I: Aural Perception and Analysis
          or THEA 351. Acting II: Intermediate Acting
     DANC 346. Advanced Jazz/Musical Theatre Styles
     MUS 214. Private Voice
     Practicum

Fourth Year
     THEA 454. Advanced Music Theater Performance
     Theatre elective
     MUS/THEA 357. Music Theatre History and Analysis
     Practicum
     Senior Seminar

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Teacher Licensure in Dance

Suzanne Miller-Corso, Adviser
Phone: (540) 568-3924

In addition to general education and theatre and dance requirements, students desiring PreK-12 teaching licensure in dance must complete 19 credits of additional course work in kinesiology, health science, education and psychology and 12 credits of student teaching. It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses.

Course Requirements
Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the faculty adviser of dance education. The undergraduate degree leading to licensure must include the following minimum requirements in dance:

Credit must be earned in each area: ballet, folk, jazz and modern dance (8 credits)
Credit must be earned beyond the beginning level of ballet, folk, jazz or modern dance (3 credits)
Credit must be earned in dance composition, dance improvisation and dance production
     (minimum of 7 credits)
Credit must be earned in human anatomy, kinesiology, and injury prevention and care for dance
     (9 credits)
Credit must be earned in history of dance (3 credits)

The following lists the required courses leading to PreK-12 dance licensure and recommends the sequence of when each may be taken:

Courses
Credit Hours
KIN 202. Biological Foundations in Kinesiology and Recreation (fall, junior)
3
KIN 311. Elementary Curriculum in Physical Education (fall, junior)
3
ATEP 205. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (spring, junior)
3
DANC 490. Special Studies in Dance: Teaching Practicum
2
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Required Education and Psychology Courses
Credit Hours
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development (may double count)
3
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education
3
EDUC 480. Student Teaching
12
READ 420. Content Area Literacy, K-12
2

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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

 
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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

 
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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 information, refer to the Creative Writing Minor.

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. Refer to the Film Studies Minor for more detailed information.

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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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