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Theatre Minor

About the Theatre Minor

The Theatre minor is recommended for students who want a strong, general education in Theatre while majoring within another program or department. While you cannot officially declare a theatre minor until your sophomore year (after declaring a major), you can begin work on the minor now.

The curriculum for Theatre minors includes eight courses as follows. Please note, regarding electives, you can ONLY take the classes listed farther below:

Invitation to Theatre. This is the entry class for minors. You must begin here.
Acting 1 for Non-Majors. *Another theatre elective may be substituted for Acting I for minors not interested in performance.
Both Invitation to Theatre and Acting I for Non Majors have an attached theatre lab hours contract – see below for more information)
3 Theatre Histories
3 Theatre Electives (not including acting for non-majors. With Acting 1 included, a minor will take a total of 4 electives. For a list of other electives, see below. )

  • If you’re a freshman, you will take a maximum of two Theatre courses during your freshman year (one course per term): Invitation to Theatre and Acting I for Non-Majors.
  • If you’re a sophomore or junior, you can take Acting I for Non-Majors and Invitation to Theatre during the same term.
  • If you’re interested in the Performance major, you will get the chance to audition (or re-audition; students are eligible to audition one more time if they auditioned previously and were not accepted into the program) at our Fall Open House, or in the spring of either your freshman or sophomore year. Please be aware that through this path, there is an acceptance rate to the major of approximately ten percent. (To find out these dates and to schedule an audition, go to the theatre website and fill out the online scheduling form. Any questions can be directed to the Theatre Program Administrator Carla Jackson at 

Participation as a Theatre minor includes a lab hours commitment as follows:

4 hours per week of service to the theatre community for 3 consecutive semesters. This includes:  
                     1 Semester Scene Shop Lab Hours
                     1 Semester Run Crew Lab Hours (includes crewing show or working front of house, publicity, box office, etc.) 
                      1 Semester in Electrics or Costumes

Theatre minors do 3 mainstage strikes/loadouts. The time spent at strike will not be counted toward the hours of your lab contract.

Every student will have a clearly defined Faculty or Student Supervisor that will determine call times and procedures for signing in and out for work. Your Supervisor will assign your work calls and you are required to attend. Each student must provide their Supervisor with their class and outside work schedule at the beginning of the semester.

Every student is responsible for making sure his/her supervisor has a record of the hours they worked.

*If you indicate no area of interest the faculty will assign you a lab hours area based on departmental need.

No D grade work will be credited toward the minor in Theatre.

As a Theatre minor, you are eligible to audition for all studio productions as well as for mainstage productions (provided you have taken Invitation to Theatre and Acting I for Non-Majors and completed your first term of a lab commitment).

We have monthly Theatre Program meetings with all students and faculty. Please attend these meetings to keep up to date on all Theatre events.

We have a group e-mail list on which we send out announcements – you can join this group email list once you have signed a lab hours contract.

If you have trouble registering for any of the Theatre minor courses, contact Carla Jackson, the Theatre Program Administrator at with the name of the course and the Course Registration Number (CRN), and she will arrange for you to be manually registered.

You can officially declare the Theatre minor in your sophomore year when you are declaring your major, not before. You will need to get a declaration of minor form from room 804, fill it out, and Carla Jackson can sign it for you.

Electives open to Theatre minors:
Playwriting (2 semesters)
Intro to Directing
Text Analysis
Theatre Management
Stage Management (by permission of Head of Design & Production track)
Drawing: Architecture and Stage
Stage Makeup and Hair
Song as Scene
Stage Combat
Flying Solo (with permission of instructor)
Theatre, Creativity, and Values
Young, Gifted, & Black
Theatre Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design (by permission)
Set Design (by permission)
Sound Design
Summer Musical Theatre Workshop
Introduction to Fashion Design
Shakespeare: Text & Performance
Performing in Italian
Advanced Performing in Italian

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask, and we look forward to having you as part of the Theatre program!

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