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School of Theatre and Dance

Dr. Thomas H. Arthur, Director

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

T. Arthur, R. Hall, T. King, E. Miller, C. Thompson, Wead

Associate Professors

P. Grayson, Trammell

Assistant Professors

Buck, P. Johnson, O'Hara

The School of Theatre and Dance is currently undergoing a program review and expects to put forward reorganized requirements in the near future. All present students will be offered the option of working under the new requirements or the requirements of the catalog in which they entered.

The School of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in theater and a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in dance. In addition, a concentration is offered in music theater, and minors are offered in theater and dance.

The school is organized to contribute to the general education of all students and to prepare students for further professional graduate study in dance, theater and related areas. The programs are designed to provide a broad-based education in the theory, history and practice of the two performance art forms.

The theater program stresses a humanistic, liberal arts education rather than a professional orientation to theater. In addition to performance elements, students are encouraged to study theater history, aesthetics, and dramatic theory and literature.

The dance program offers classroom and practical experiences for both the general student and the professionally oriented dance student. Versatility in movement style is stressed through a broad variety of contemporary and traditional forms of dance. Theoretical and practical knowledge of dance history, production, and management is acquired through integrated experiences in classroom, studio, performing, and touring situations. Students have the opportunity to perform in works composed and directed by other students, faculty artists, and guest choreographers-in-residence.

Students interested in programs offered by the school should consult the school director or the coordinator of their disciplines.

Liberal Studies

The school offers the following as options for the university's liberal studies fine arts and physical education requirements.
DANC 140. Elementary Modern Dance
DANC 141. American Folk Dance
DANC 142. Elementary Ballet
DANC 143. International Folk Dance
DANC 144. Ballroom Dance
DANC 146. Jazz Dance
DANC 147. Tap Dance
DANC 240. Intermediate Modern Dance I
DANC 242. Intermediate Ballet
DANC 248. History of Dance: Renaissance through 20th Century
THEA 210. Introduction to Theater

Theater Program

Thomas L. King, Coordinator

The theater program offers both a major and minor in theater. A student wishing to major in theater must work toward the B.A. degree. Students are encouraged to participate in production activities and can gain credit through the theater practicum courses. The theater major is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The James Madison University Theatre presents a season of five productions in the Latimer-Shaeffer Theatre. In addition, the Experimental Theatre provides students with numerous opportunities to direct, design and perform. During the summer, the JMU Theatre also produces a varied program in the Latimer-Shaeffer Theatre and the Experimental Theatre.

Major in Theater (B.A. Degree)


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
THEA 171. Performance Production I                     3
THEA 172. Performance Production II                    3
THEA 210. Introduction to Theater                      3
  (special section for majors only)
THEA 251. Basic Acting                                 3
THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theater                    3
THEA 316. Theater in Society                           3
THEA 441. Senior Thesis                                3
THEA 481 or 482. Dramatic Literature                   3
Group A electives (choose one of the following):       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):       3
  THEA 271. Technical Theater
  THEA 331. Technical Costuming
  THEA 332. Survey of Costume
  THEA 333. Costume Design
  THEA 336. Makeup
  THEA 371. Advanced Technical Theater
  THEA 374. Stage Lighting
  THEA 376. Scene Design
Group C electives (choose one of the following):       3
  ENG 337. Survey of Modern Drama
  ENG 456. Shakespeare: Comedies and 
    Tragic Histories
  ENG 457. Shakespeare: Tragedies and 
    Comic Histories
  THEA 449. London Theater
  THEA 481 or 482. Dramatic Literature 
    (if not taken as a part of the core curriculum)
  THEA 485. American Theater
Group D electives (choose from A-D):                   9
  SCOM 241. Voice and Diction
  SCOM 243. Oral Interpretation
  THEA 200. Practicum [1]
  THEA 300. Practicum [1]
  THEA 303. Topics in Theater
  THEA 347. Playwriting
  THEA 382. Contemporary Theater
  THEA 390. Directed Projects [1]
  THEA 440. Seminar in Theater
  THEA 488. Experimental Theater
  THEA 490. Special Studies [1]
  THEA 495. Internship [1]
  THEA 499. Honors [1]
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Notes:
[1]
No more than four hours of practica may be applied to the theater major, and no more than 10 hours of independent studies (including practica) may be applied to the theater major.
Designated courses from other departments may not be counted both for the theater major and for another major.

Exceptions for theater-related courses in dance, communication, English and other areas will be considered.

Liberal Studies Program

The university's liberal studies program must be completed by all theater majors; theater majors cannot elect THEA 210, Introduction to Theater, to meet the fine arts/aesthetics requirement.

Typical Program

Suggested courses for the first two years (individual schedules will vary).

Freshman Year                                     Credit
First Semester                                     Hours
THEA 171. Performance Production I                     3
THEA 200. Theater Practicum                            1
THEA 210. Introduction to Theater                      3
  (majors only section)
THEA 251. Basic Acting                                 3

                                                  Credit
Second Semester                                    Hours
THEA 172. Performance Production II                    3
THEA 200. Theater Practicum                            1
Choose one or both of the following :                0-6
  (if not taken first semester)
  THEA 210. Introduction to Theater 
    (majors only section)
  THEA 251. Basic Acting

Sophomore Year                                    Credit
First Semester                                     Hours
THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theater                    3
THEA 300. Theater Practicum                            1
THEA 316. Theater in Society                           3
Choose one or both of the following                  0-6
  (if not taken as a freshman):
  THEA 171. Performance Production I
  THEA 251. Basic Acting
Theater major elective chosen from groups              3
  A, B, C and/or D

                                                  Credit
Second Semester                                    Hours
Any of the following (if not taken as a freshman):  0-12
  THEA 172. Performance Production II
  THEA 251. Basic Acting
  THEA 273. Visual Aspects of Theater
  THEA 316. Theater in Society
THEA 300. Theater Practicum                            1
THEA 481 or 482. Dramatic Literature and Theory        3
Theater major elective chosen from groups              3
  A, B, C and/or D

Music Theater Concentration


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
Liberal studies core [1]                              44
Theater major core                                    24
Theater major electives [2]                           18
Dance courses                                         10
Music courses                                         19
Music elective                                         3
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                                                  Credit
Required Courses                                   Hours
THEA 171-172. Performance Production I and II          6
THEA 210. Introduction to Theatre                      3
  (major section)
THEA 251. Basic Acting                                 3
THEA 273. Visual Aspects                               3
THEA 316. Theatre in Society                           3
THEA 441. Senior Thesis                                3
THEA 481 or 482. Dramatic Literature                   3
Theater major electives [2]                           18
  Electives are listed in the following four 
    groups: performance, design/technical, 
    literature, other
DANC 147. Tap Dance                                    2
DANC 246. Intermediate Jazz                            2
DANC 346. Advanced Jazz/                               2
  Musical Theater Styles
Choose from the following:                             4
  DANC 140. Elementary Modern Dance
  DANC 142. Elementary Ballet
  DANC 144. Ballroom Dance
  DANC 245. Dance Improvisation
MUS 131-132. Fundamentals of Music, I and II           6
Choose from the following:                             3
  MUS 203. Music in America
  MUS 465. Opera History and Literature
MUAP 115, 211. Small Group Voice/  
  Applied Voice                                          4
MUAP 343. Opera Theater                                6
Music electives chosen from the following: [3]         3
  MUAP 115, 211. Additional Applied Voice 
    (one credit per class)
  MUAP 342. Vocal Jazz Choir (Madisonians) 
    (one credit per semester)
Choral ensembles (one credit per semester)
MUS 120, 121. Diction for Singers, I and II 
  ( one credit per class)
MUI 221. Survey of the Music Industry 
  (three credits)
MUS 317.Basic Conducting (two credits)
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Notes:
[1
]A dance course is recommended to fulfill the kinesiology/dance requirement (DANC 146, Jazz Dance). MUS 203, Music in America, is recommended as the fine arts liberal studies requirement.
[2]
THEA 303, History of Visual Theater and 10 hours of dance courses are required as a Group D elective. Students concentrating in music theater must take 13 hours in Group D, making their major total 46 hours. THEA 357, History of Music Theater, is required as a Group C elective.
[3]
Flexible applied music component 4-6 credits of voice and 4-6 credits of opera theater. Madisonians (MUAP 343) for up to two credits acceptable in place of opera.

Theater Minor

The theater minor is available to all students interested in theater and can be combined with any other teaching or non-teaching major in the university. Students should achieve familiarity with theater performance, design, technology and dramatic literature. The minor program consists of 18 hours in theater approved by the school director. All minor programs must include THEA 316, Theater in Society.

Initial Secondary Teaching License

Theater [1]

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements, students desiring secondary teaching licensure must complete the following as a part of their program:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year)       3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year)        1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management (senior year)
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2
  (any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [2]
  (sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the Content           1
  Areas (senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education (normally in first semester 
  of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes (senior year)
An appropriate teaching methodology course             3
  (normally in first semester of senior year)
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Notes:
[1]
Licensure in this area is available only if the student has been licensed in English.
[2]
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.

Dance Program

Shane T. O'Hara, Coordinator

The dance program offers both a major and minor in dance. Students majoring in dance may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students who are enrolled in either program will take 41-42 hours of courses in dance, related areas in the arts and the scientific understanding of movement.

The program allows the student to elect additional courses in dance, select a broad survey of courses related to dance, and work toward a major or minor in another discipline, if desired.

Required course work for majors includes dance technique, theory and repertory. Repertory courses emphasize performance and technical theater. Credit for repertory courses is earned through participation in one of the performing ensembles of the James Madison University Dance Theatre.

The Contemporary and Folk Dance Ensembles and the Virginia Repertory Dance Company present concerts on campus; the Virginia Repertory Dance Company and Folk Dance Ensemble also perform and offer workshops off campus.

Prospective dance majors are admitted to the program through an audition scheduled by the dance program office.

Dance Major (B.A.[1] or B.S.[2] Degree)


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
BIO 290. Human Anatomy [1] [2]                         4
DANC 171. Performance Production I                     3
DANC 172. Performance Production II                    3
DANC 245. Dance Improvisation                          2
DANC 345. Dance Composition                            3
DANC 415. Intermediate Dance Composition               3
DANC 445. Advanced Dance Composition                   3
DANC 479. Methods of Teaching Dance                    3
Choose one of the following:                           2
  DANC 242A. Intermediate Ballet
  DANC 342A. Advanced Ballet I
  DANC 442A. Advanced Ballet II
Choose one of the following:                           2
  DANC 242B. Intermediate Ballet
  DANC 342B. Advanced Ballet I
  DANC 442B. Advanced Ballet II
DANC 440A. Advanced Modern Dance II                    2
DANC 440B. Advanced Modern Dance II                    2
Choose two of the following:                           4
  DANC 109. Folk Dance Ensemble Repertory I
  DANC 110. Associate Group Dance Repertory I
  DANC 209. Folk Dance Ensemble Repertory II
  DANC 210. Associate Group Dance Repertory II
  DANC 211. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory I
  DANC 212. Virginia Repertory Dance Company I
  DANC 309. Folk Dance Ensemble Repertory III
  DANC 311. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory II
  DANC 312. Virginia Repertory Dance Company II
  DANC 409. Folk Dance Ensemble Repertory IV
  DANC 411. Contemporary Dance Ensemble Repertory III
  DANC 412. Virginia Repertory Dance Company III
KIN 383. Biomechanical Principles of Kinesiology [2]   3
Related areas in the arts from art, music, theater,    6
  kinesiology
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Notes:
[1]
Required for the B.A. degree.
[2]
Required for the B.S. degree.

Liberal Studies Program

The university's liberal studies program will be completed by all dance majors. Dance majors are asked to elect the following as their fine arts/ aesthetics and physical education requirements.
DANC 248. History of Dance: Renaissance 
  Through the 20th Century
Choose one of the following:
  DANC 141. American Folk Dance
  DANC 143. International Folk Dance
  DANC 144. Ballroom Dance

Minor Program

The minor program is available to all students and may be combined with any teaching or non-teaching major in the university. The dance minor consists of 24 hours including:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
DANC 245. Dance Improvisation                          2
DANC 248. History of Dance: Renaissance                3
  through the 20th Century
DANC 345. Dance Composition                            3
DANC 415. Intermediate Dance Composition               3
Electives from contemporary dance techniques           8
  and/or folk and ballroom dance techniques
Electives selected from dance courses with             5
  approval of the minor adviser
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No more than four hours may be selected from repertory courses.


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