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Theatre Arts Courses

If, as John Calvin suggests, "the primary duty of the Christian is to make the invisible kingdom visible," theatre is uniquely endowed to vividly fulfill this calling. Whether by creating work which decries what is cheap, hollow, pretentious and evil or by celebrating what is valuable, excellent, good and holy in our culture, quality theatre has the potential to awaken an audience to its own spiritual failures and capabilities.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE THEATRE ARTS MAJOR

In addition to a solid foundation of theatre history, dramatic literature, acting, directing and technical production, majors can focus their program through selected electives including special topics such as acting Shakespeare, advanced acting, design (scenic, costume, lighting), dialects, historical interpretation, musical theatre, movement, stage combat, stage management, technical topics and voice. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN THEATRE ARTS

A minor in theatre arts may be constructed in consultation with a departmental faculty member. All minors are required to take a minimum of 20 credit hours in the department. TH234 Introduction to Theatre and TH150 Technical Theatre Production I are required of all theatre minors. The remaining credits will be taken in the concentration area or as a faculty-approved combination.


Requirements

In addition to a solid foundation of theatre history, dramatic literature, acting, directing and technical production, majors can focus their program through selected electives including special topics such as acting Shakespeare, advanced acting, design (scenic, costume, lighting), dialects, historical interpretation, musical theatre, movement, stage combat, stage management, technical topics and voice.

Plus 10 credits of electives selected from:

Theatre Participation

Recognizing that theatre is a highly collaborative art form that demands the skill and labor of many people and that theatre productions are the laboratory for developing and applying practical skills of the discipline, all theatre arts majors are required to complete four semesters of 50 hours plus two semesters of 20 hours supporting production work during four years (eight semesters) at Gordon College. Minors are expected to complete two semesters of 20 hours.

These hours can be fulfilled in a variety of ways including performance, stage management, electrics, carpentry, costume creation, supplying props, box office, house management, running crew or combinations of the above. Some roles in the production process fulfill the requirement automatically, such as being part of a show's cast where dress rehearsals and performances meet the required hours. The same is true of the master electrician and stage manager positions. Those not cast in productions will need to meet this requirement as part of crews, with hours recorded on time logs signed by faculty and student supervisors. At each year-end review, students will be required to note how they met this requirement for the year.

Theatre arts majors are also required to attend the department's monthly Theatre Hour and participate in an annual year-end review with the department faculty. Satisfactory progress in production participation and attendance at Theatre Hour is required for continuation as a theatre arts major.


    Theatre Hour

    Theatre Hour is a monthly time set aside for lectures, workshops, and for students to meet visiting artists. Students develop tangible skills in preparation for work in the field and engage with theatre professionals in order to build a network for after graduation.

    Prior guests have included:

    Catherine and Dan McNeil, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
    Matt Peruse, Director of Performing Arts, Bradford Christian Academy
    Lynda Robinson, SAG/AFTRA actor, winner of Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress
    Dreme McLennan, Drama Therapist
    Bob Walsh, Artistic Director, Gloucester Stage
    Joe Short, Equity actor, Theatre Producer at Harvard University
    Kristina Stevick, Artistic Director, History Alive, Inc.
    Jessica Richmond, Producer, American Immersion Theatre

    End of Year Review

    Theatre majors are required to undertake a “Review” at the end of every Spring semester. First, students fill out a written questionnaire, which requires significant reflection on the development of one’s abilities, involvement with the department, and personal and artistic growing edges. Then, in a meeting with department faculty, students discuss the questionnaire and receive candid feedback on their year’s work. This yearly “Review” prepares students for their lives after Gordon, encouraging them to critically assess strengths and weaknesses, as well as realize the development needed to achieve their goals.