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Theatre for all stages
Theatre

Theatre Majors and Minors

For a description of the courses, visit the Course Catalog.

The program of study in theatre combines rigorous production work with four required courses in each major area of theatre: performance, design/tech, analysis/critical studies. This firm foundation provides the basis for students to excel in multiple areas within theatre and/or to undertake an Emphasis Area in a particular area of theatre. Butler Theatre mainstage production work (TH 100, 101, 300, 301) provides students with a breadth of hands-on experiences in a wide variety of genres, venues, and approaches to theatre in production.

The program of study in arts administration is designed to provide students with a cohesive preparation for professional work in the management of arts organizations, particularly in areas relating to the administration of theatre. Through balanced study in theatre, business (accounting, economics, marketing, etc.), and communications (public relations, advertising, information management, etc.), students gain a broad spectrum of skills in a collaborative environment.

Both programs are structured to enable students to pursue a secondary major or minor of their choice.

Majors and Degrees

Double Majors

Emphases (to be added to a Theatre major)

The following areas of Emphasis (11–14 credits) are not stand-alone degrees. They are to be completed along with the existing BA in Theatre degree. Students may elect to complete one or more of these areas of Emphasis. Please note that Theatre Majors are not required to complete an Emphasis Area. At least 50 percent of the credits in any Emphasis must be unique to that program and may not overlap with another Emphasis, major, or minor (except as free electives). A grade of  C or higher is required for all Theatre courses. Completion of one or more of these will be shown on the student’s transcript upon graduating from Butler.
 

EMPHASIS IN ACTING

REQUIRED COURSES

  CREDIT HOURS
TH 213 Acting 3 

3

TH 314     Acting 4 3
TH 221 or TH 323 Stage Movement 2 or Stage Combat 3
TH 222                                            Voice for the Actor 2    2

TH 415 or TH 416 or TH 419  
                 or TH 443
                 or TH 470

Acting Seminar 1 or 2 or Acting for the Camera
or Devised Theatre Studio Seminar
or Moscow Theatre School Performance   
3
   TOTAL CREDITS 14

                 

 EMPHASIS IN STAGE MANAGEMENT

REQUIRED COURSES

  CREDIT HOURS
TH 240  Stage Management 2

TH 213 or TH 323 or TH 443

Acting 3 or Stage Combat or Devised Theatre Studio Seminar 3
TH400 Advanced Production Practicum 3
TH 496 Internship in Theatre 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 11

In addition, students in this Emphasis must demonstrate the ability to read music by passing the Music Theory Placement Examination administered by the School of Music. Failure to pass the exam requires the successful completion of one of the following: MT 99 (Music Fundamentals Intensive, 1 credit summer course), MT 100 (Elements of Music, 3 credit spring course), one semester of secondary voice or instrumental lessons (AM XXX for 1 credit), or one semester of a vocal or instrumental ensemble (ES XXX for 1 credit).

 

EMPHASIS IN DIRECTING
REQUIRED COURSES   CREDIT HOURS
TH 213 or TH 400 Acting 3 or Advanced Production Practicum 3
TH 240 Stage Management 2
TH442 Stage Directing 2 3
TH 443 Devised Theatre Studio Seminar 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 11

 

EMPHASIS IN SET AND LIGHTING DESIGN/TECHNICAL THEATRE
COURSES   CREDIT HOURS
TH 231 Stagecraft 3
TH 330 Theatre Graphics 2

TH 332

Stage Lighting 2 3
TH 373 or TH 400
or TH 443

International Theatre Practices Seminar or  Advanced Production Practicum
or Devised Theatre Studio Seminar

3
  TOTAL CREDITS 11

 

EMPHASIS IN COSTUME DESIGN/TECHNICAL THEATRE
REQUIRED COURSES   CREDIT HOURS
TH 136 Stage Makeup 3
TH 233 Costume Technology 3
TH 334/PCA 252 Survey of Hist. Costumes/Fashioning Identity 3
PCA 250 or TH 400 or TH 443 Masks or Advanced Production Practicum or Devised Theatre Studio Seminar 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 12

 

EMPHASIS IN MUSIC THEATRE
REQUIRED COURSES   CREDIT HOURS
TH 213 Acting 3 3
TH 324 Music Theatre Seminar 3
3 credit hours in Dance and Movement, chosen from 3
          DA 101,102  Beginning Ballet (non-majors)(1 credit)   
          DA 103,104 Beginning Jazz (non-majors)(1 credit)  
          PWB 101 Ballroom Dance Sport (1 credit)  
          TH 221 Stage Movement 2 (3 credits)  
3 credit hours in Voice, chosen from 3
          AM 127 or AM 128 Voice Class 1 (1 credit) or Voice Class 2 (1 credit)  
          AM 121 or AM 321 Voice Secondary (1 credit)  
  TOTAL CREDITS 12

Another PWB class must be taken to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement if taking Ballet, Jazz, or Ballroom Dance Sport as credit for the Music Theatre Emphasis.

Download the complete list of Emphases requirements here.

Minor (for non-Theatre majors)

The Minor in Theatre requires one course in each primary area of theatre: performance, design/tech, analysis; and two semesters of Theatre production practicum, a one-credit hour course that provides students with a hands-on opportunity to work in the Butler Theatre costume, lighting, and scenic shops. In addition to these ten required hours, Theatre Minors may select from a wide variety of Theatre elective courses in the area(s) of their choosing. (See Theatre courses grouped by interest area and the full listing of options available.)

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.