Whether you want to pursue a career in an entertainment industry or are interested in studying theatre as part of a broader liberal arts education, Marietta College's Department of Theatre has a program for you. We currently offer three majors and a minor, providing a variety of opportunities for you to engage in all areas of the theatre arts. (An overview of all three majors and minor is available at Majors & Minor.) Of the two theatre majors, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre is a pre-professional major designed to prepare you to enter a professional entertainment industry or graduate school immediately after graduation, while the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is a liberal arts theatre education suitable for double majors.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
Through this major, you will build a broad foundation of skills in acting, directing, stagecraft, and design. By carefully choosing your electives, you can delve even more deeply into one or more areas of theatre as well. Required courses include:
Core Theatre Courses
THEA 106, Acting I
THEA 206, Acting II
THEA 215, Voice and Movement
THEA 266, Auditioning
THEA 303, Directing I
THEA 304, Directing II
THEA 314, Advanced Topics in Acting
THEA 397, Theatre Internship
THEA 481, Theatre Capstone
Technical Theatre Courses
THEA 210, Backstage Experience
THEA 231, Stagecraft: Scenery
THEA 232, Stagecraft: Costume
THEA 233, Stagecraft: Makeup
THEA 236, Stage Management
Two of the following: THEA 341, Scenic Design; THEA 342, Costume Design; THEA 344, Lighting Design
Dramatic Literature and Theatre History Courses
THEA 201, Introduction to Dramatic Literature
THEA 211, Theatre History I: Ritual to Renaissance (500BC to 1800AD)
THEA 212, Theatre History II: Romanticism to Post-modernism (1750 to present)
One 300-level dramatic literature course
Practicum credits represent work done in one or more positions for a department production. A student with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre must complete three 200-level practicum credits (one performance, one technical theatre, one additional of performance or technical theatre) and three 300-level practicum credits (one performance, one technical theatre, one additional of performance or technical theatre)
Twelve hours of electives from Theatre or other appropriate fields are also required.
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is a liberal arts theatre education suitable for double majors. Through this major, students study the main areas of theatre — acting, directing, stagecraft, design, and so forth — while leaving enough course hours in their schedule to take another non-pre-professional major.
Minor in Theatre
The Theatre minor allows non-majors to explore the various theatre arts. Required courses include THEA 210, Backstage Experience plus 9 additional hours in Theatre at the 100-200 level and 9 hours in Theatre at the 300-400 level. No more than 6 total hours of practica can count toward the minor.