http://www.uwplatt.edu/finearts/theatre/

Department Chair: David Cooper
Office: 180 Doudna Hall
Phone: 608.342.1021
E-mail: cooperd@uwplatt.edu

About the Department and Major

Theatre is an ancient art form that has been included in academic study for thousands of years. Theatre provides an opportunity for the synthesis of multiple academic disciplines, including dance, music, art, literature, psychology, history, philosophy, engineering, and various technologies.

The UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre degree is designed to serve students who will be pursuing a career in theatre performance, technical theatre, theatre education or continuing further study in the field at the graduate level.

The theatre program at UW-Platteville offers numerous hands-on learning opportunities. Students in the program have the opportunity to work both onstage and behind the scenes, learning every facet of the theatrical production process. Along with our student organization, Pioneer Players, the UW-Platteville theatre program produces a six-show season every year – one or two musical productions and four non-musical productions. Two of our six productions are student-driven projects.

Balancing traditional coursework and practical training, the theatre students at UW-Platteville enjoy individualized attention and smaller class sizes not usually offered in larger programs. They are also given the opportunity to work on cutting edge and classical material, from the Greeks to the newest plays in the Broadway season.

Theatre is not just an artform, but it is also a business. It takes many different people with a variety of different skill sets to produce theatre, which creates a breadth of employment opportunities. Some of the occupations associated with the theatre field include: accountants, actors, arts administrators, agents, artistic directors, board operators, booking associates, box office managers, business managers, buyers, casting directors, company managers, costume designers, costume builders, creative drama instructors, critics, development directors, directors, drama therapists, dramaturgs, electricians, film/cinema professionals, fine arts facilitators, garment cutters, house managers, librettists, lighting designers, lighting technicians, literary managers, lyricists, makeup specialists, managing directors, marketing directors, master electricians, milliners, music directors, painters, print makers, personal managers, playwrights, puppetry artists, producers, production managers, properties designers/managers, publicists, radio and television professionals, rental managers, riggers, scenic artists, set designers, stage combat instructors, stagehands, stage managers, stage movement specialists, stitchers, teachers, technical directors, tour managers, voice and diction specialists, and wig designers.

All students intending to become licensed teachers must satisfy the requirements outlined in the teacher licensure section listed under School of Education in this catalog.

Program of study leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

General Requirements Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for graduation120
General education44-58
Major studies45

Students must demonstrate second-semester proficiency in a foreign language.

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 within the major studies for graduation.

Mission Statement Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts –Theatre Emphasis

The theatre program at UW-Platteville is dedicated to high quality instruction in curricula emphasizing theatre history, stagecraft, literature, directing, and acting. The curriculum is structured to provide students with the fundamental background and specialized knowledge needed for analysis and understanding of theatre theories and practices.

The degree is designed to serve students who will be pursuing a career in theatre performance, technical theatre or continued study in the field at the graduate level. Theatre majors may also seek Wisconsin DPI certification in theatre.

Goals for Program Graduates

  1. Graduates will develop and demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and contextual understanding of theatre history, theory, and dramatic literature, as these areas of theatre study form the foundation for all areas of theatre production.
  2. Graduates will develop and demonstrate competency in areas of theatre production/performance – acting, directing, stage management, and design – culminating in a senior capstone project.
  3. Graduates will develop and demonstrate competency in critical and analytical thinking skills by effectively communicating and implementing their knowledge of theatre in numbers one and two above both verbally and in writing.

Minors

THEATRE 1130 Introduction to the Theatre 3 Credits

A survey of the historical, literary and practical elements of the theatre.
Components: Class
GE: Fine Arts
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

THEATRE 1230 Stagecraft 3 Credits

An introduction to scenery and lighting for theatrical production; includes sections on health and safety, construction, planning and research. Involves work on theatre productions.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

THEATRE 1340 Introduction to Design 3 Credits

An introduction to the elements and principles of design as applied to theatre. Includes theatre-specific rendering techniques and design projects.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

THEATRE 1350 Introduction to Costume Design and Construction 3 Credits

An introduction to the many facets that create the world of theatrical costumes. Students will explore this topic through in-depth discussion, hands-on exercises, and individual sewing and design projects.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall-EVEN

THEATRE 1930 Voice and Diction 3 Credits

The study of the speaking voice; vocal production, articulation, pronunciation and interpretation text.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: SpringRNG-EVEN

THEATRE 2220 Practicum I 1 Credit

Supervised participation in productions, including but not limited to smaller acting roles, run crew, assistant directing or assistant stage managing, and assisting with props, costumes, set, construction and/or lighting.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

THEATRE 2240 Advanced Costume Construction 3 Credits

A comprehensive clothing construction class that teaches sewing skills for the construction of theatrical costumes.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1350
Typically Offered: SpringRNG-EVEN

THEATRE 2500 Topics in Theatre 1-3 Credits

In depth study of topics of interest in theatre. The topics to be studied will be identified in the course title.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

THEATRE 2510 Stage Makeup 3 Credits

An overview of basic theatrical makeup techniques.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring

THEATRE 2730 Beginning Acting 3 Credits

Introduction to modern acting methods and the development of vocal and physical instruments through monologue and scene study.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Typically Offered: Fall

THEATRE 2740 Actor in Musical Theatre 3 Credits

Introduction to acting in a musical theatre context through the study of musical theatre songs and techniques for their performance.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

THEATRE 2900 Dance for Musical Theatre 3 Credits

A dance workshop class for learning several styles of dance found in the American musical tradition. Basic elements of choreography for musicals from solo to large group dance numbers.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

THEATRE 2950 Movement for Theatre 3 Credits

An exploration of the fundamentals of movement and body awareness that is necessary for acting in theatre.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Occasional

THEATRE 3130 Play Analysis 3 Credits

An introduction to Formalist analysis of dramatic literature emphasizing a plays plot, character, themes, dialogue, images, tempo/rhythm and production values. Representative works from the dramatic literary canon will be read and analyzed through lecture and small group discussion. (
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1130
Typically Offered: Fall-ODD

THEATRE 3140 Critical Theory 3 Credits

A survey of critical theory of the theatre from Aristotle to the present.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1130
Typically Offered: Spring-ODD

THEATRE 3210 Lighting Design 3 Credits

Discussion and project work in the development and presentation of lighting for the theatre.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1230 and THEATRE 1340 and THEATRE 3130
Typically Offered: SpringRNG-EVEN

THEATRE 3220 Theatre Teaching Methods 3 Credits

Methods, procedures and instructional materials for teaching theatre in the secondary school curriculum.
Components: Class
Typically Offered:

THEATRE 3240 Costume Design 3 Credits

An exploration of the process and skills needed to design costumes, primarily for the stage. Students will develop their abilities in observation, script analysis, research, color and line analysis, fabric selection, and presentation skills in the development of their design process.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1340 and 3130
Typically Offered: Occasional

THEATRE 3250 Scenic Design 3 Credits

Discussion and project work in the development and presentation of scenery for the theatre.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1230 and THEATRE 1340 and THEATRE 3130
Typically Offered: Spring-ODD

THEATRE 3260 Scenic Painting 3 Credits

An exploration of the fundamentals of theatrical scenic art through a robust series of hands-on projects that expose the student to current and time honored techniques, as well as a wide range of materials, mediums and presentation contexts.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1230 and 1340
Typically Offered: Fall-EVEN

THEATRE 3400 Drafting for the Theatre 3 Credits

Introduction and study of mechanical drafting techniques used in theatre.
Components: Class
Typically Offered:

THEATRE 3450 Practicum II 1 Credit

Advanced participation in productions, including, but not limited to acting in a main role, stage managing, and designing.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 2220 and permission of the instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

THEATRE 3830 Advanced Scene Study 3 Credits

Advanced scene work for the actor. Emphasis will be placed on character analysis, identifying scene objectives, playing intentions, relationships with other characters, and developing a physical and vocal characterization. Scenes will be chosen from modern dramatic literature.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 2730
Typically Offered: Fall-ODD

THEATRE 3900 Intermediate Dance 3 Credits

This course is designed to build upon the technical foundation established in the Dance For Musical Theatre class, introducing students to the technique and style of tap and jazz dancing, specifically as it relates to the musical theatre stage.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 2900
Typically Offered: Spring

THEATRE 3920 Classical Acting 3 Credits

In depth exploration of the heightened textual demands and complex vocal and physical skills needed to perform classical theatre, with particular emphasis on Shakespearean and Greek drama.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 3830
Typically Offered: Spring-ODD

THEATRE 4210 Dramatic Literature I 3 Credits

Survey of dramatic literature from 1660-1945.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1130
Typically Offered: Fall-ODD

THEATRE 4220 Dramatic Literature II 3 Credits

A continuation of THEATRE 4210. A survey of dramatic literature from 1945 to the present.
Components: Class
GE: Fine Arts
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1130
Typically Offered: SpringRNG-EVEN

THEATRE 4330 Directing 3 Credits

A historical, theoretical and practical approach to the principles and techniques of directing for the theatre.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: one design course (THEATRE 3210 or THEATRE 3240 or THEATRE 3250) and THEATRE 2730 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

THEATRE 4530 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

Supervised exploration of a particular specialization in theatre.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

THEATRE 4630 Theatre History I 3 Credits

A general survey of the rise and development of the theatre and drama from its western origins to Shakespeare.
Components: Class
GE: Fine Arts
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1130
Typically Offered: Fall-EVEN

THEATRE 4660 Cooperative Field Experience 1-9 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a cooperative agency, business, industry or institution. The nature of the assignment, type of experience, number of credits and evaluation procedure to be stipulated in a statement of agreement (learning contract) between the student and department.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

THEATRE 4730 Theatre History II 3 Credits

A continuation of THEATRE 4630. A general survey of the rise and development of the theatre and drama from the Restoration to the present.
Components: Class
GE: Fine Arts
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: THEATRE 1130
Typically Offered: Spring-ODD

THEATRE 4830 Seminar in Theatre 3 Credits

A critical examination of an area within the theatre field, the specific subject to be determined by the instructor, the needs of the students and the current problems in the field.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

THEATRE 4840 Gay and Lesbian Drama 3 Credits

A detailed survey of the rise and development of gay and lesbian characters and themes in British and primarily American theatre during the 20th Century. Particular emphasis will be placed on dramatic literature and theatrical criticism and production since 1990.Components: Lecture
Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 4840
GE: Gender Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Fall-ODD

THEATRE 484W Gay and Lesbian Drama 3 Credits

A WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO EFFECTIVELY USE WRITING TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING OF COURSE SPECIFIC CONTENT THROUGH VARIOUS MEANS SUCH AS SELF-REFLECTION, ANALYSIS, PROBLEM SOLVING AND RESEARCH. A detailed survey of the rise and development of gay and lesbian characters and themes in British and primarily American theatre during the 20th Century. Particular emphasis will be placed on dramatic literature and criticism written since 1990.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 484W
GE: Gender Studies, Writing Emphasis
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

THEATRE 4850 Multicultural Dramatic Literature 3 Credits

An in-depth survey of the rise and development of minority characters and themes in American theatre since the 20th Century. Particular emphasis will be placed on the dramatic literature and theatrical criticism and production since 1990.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 4850
GE: Ethnic Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: SpringRNG-EVEN

THEATRE 485W Multicultural Dramatic Literature 3 Credits

A WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO EFFECTIVELY USE WRITING TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING OF COURSE SPECIFIC CONTENT THROUGH VARIOUS MEANS SUCH AS SELF-REFLECTION, ANALYSIS, PROBLEM SOLVING AND RESEARCH. An in-depth survey of the rise and development of minority characters and themes in American theatre since the 20th Century. Particular emphasis will be placed on the dramatic literature and theatrical criticism and production since 1990.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 485W
GE: Ethnic Studies, Writing Emphasis
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
Typically Offered: Occasional

THEATRE 4860 Irish Drama 3 Credits

The study of Irish dramatic literature from the founding of the Irish National Theatre to the present. The primary objectives of the course is to investigate the development of dramatic literature in Ireland and explore Irelands important contributions to modern theatre.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring-ODD

THEATRE 4930 Senior Capstone 3 Credits

Senior thesis project in acting, directing and design.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Farrelly, Ann D.

Strange, Jeffrey