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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
A degree in theatre at Belhaven is the perfect example of a liberal arts education. Students receive a comprehensive learning experience that ties together the many workings of theatre from acting, musical theatre, history and literature to production, design and dramatic writing.  The courses offered give students the choice to pursue specific concentrations in their major. This degree program provides a valuable foundation for graduate work in theatre.

Major in theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with a concentration in Acting
A concentration in acting requires a minimum of 66 hours and theatre course work with an emphasis on performance. This program culminates in a senior project that involves performing, directing, or a pre-approved project that demonstrates a student’s knowledge in the performance field.

Major in theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with a concentration in Musical Theatre
Students earning a concentration in musical theatre are required to complete a minimum of 66 hours and may require courses in music and dance.  This degree program leads to a senior project that can involve performing, directing, or a demonstration of a students ability in the performance field. Students are expected to be highly involved at every level: onstage, backstage or any additional theatre related activities.

Major in theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with a concentration in Production & Design
A concentration in production and design requires a minimum of 66 hours. In addition to theatre courses, students will be required to take courses in art. This specific concentration culminates in a senior project that demonstrates a student’s expertise in the production and design field. Students are expected to be highly involved in all aspects of theatre while completing the requirements for this concentration.

Major in theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with a concentration in History & Literature
Students pursuing a concentration in history and literature are required to complete a minimum of 66 hours. In addition to theatre classes, students are required to take courses in creative writing, English, history or bible.  Students must apply their knowledge in their chosen field toward a senior project at the conclusion of their studies. Students are expected to be highly involved at every level: onstage, backstage or any additional theatre related activities.

Major in theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with a concentration in Ministry
A concentration in ministry is a type of degree for theatre students interested in using their talents to share the gospel. Students may be required to take courses in psychology or Bible in addition to regular theatre courses. Majors must participate in a theatre mission project and internship with a church or organization. Students are expected to be highly involved at every level: onstage, backstage or any additional theatre related activities.

Major in theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with a concentration in Dramatic Writing
A concentration in dramatic writing requires a minimum of 67 hours and is the perfect pairing for theatre students who want to produce and direct.  In addition to theatre courses, students may be required to take courses in creative writing, English, or philosophy. Near the end of a theatre student’s coursework, they will be required to complete a senior project demonstrating their understanding of dramatic writing. Students are expected to be highly involved at every level: onstage, backstage or any additional theatre related activities.

Minor in theatre: Students who are not majoring in theatre are elgible to ear a minor in theatre.

Honors Program: The theatre department offers opportunities for students to enroll in honors courses from its department.

Course Title

# of Credits

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Core Courses
Faith and Stage 3
Art of Story 3
Fundamentals of Stage Performance (Bio. Mech.) 3
Stagecraft/LAB 2 + 1 (3)
Production Management (Prod. Sup) 2
Stagecraft II 2
Acting Directing Dynamics 2
History of World theatre and Dramatic Literature I 3
History of World theatre and Dramatic Literature II 3
Voice and Movement 2
Total 26
Choose six more classes (options detailed in catalogue) 6
Supplemental Theatre Required
Playwriting 3
Makeup for the Stage 2
Total 5
Theatre Performance (choose 1)
Acting Studio 2
Auditions & Solo Performance 2
Stage Combat I 2
Dialects 2
Theatre for Young Audiences 2
Improv 2
Combat II 2
Acting for the Musical 2
Choose 1 2
Theatre Tech & Design (choose 1)
Scenic Painting 2
Rendering 2
Costume Crafts 2
Properties for the Stage 2
Costume Construction 2
Choose 1 2
Theatre Additional (Choose 1)
21rst Century Theatre 3
Dramaturgy 3
Musical Theatre History 3
Bible as Dramatic Literature 3
Choose 1 3

 

101-102 Practicum (1).
Practicum is the course for all theatre majors to be enrolled each semester for their practical crew and cast positions for the production season. Students will participate in preparing departmental presentations, and attend department and production meetings. (101, Fall only; 102, Spring only)
105 Faith and Stage (3)
This course offers an opportunity to investigate the areas in which Christian faith and stage interact. This class can focus on our own conviction and what choices we should make about audition and character choices as a Christian artist. (fall only)
110 Art of Story (3)
In this course we examine the structure and pieces of storytelling through multiple mediums and varying art disciplines, through which we gain a greater understanding of how stories work, and why they are important to the arts in communicating an idea. (Spring only)
129 Voice and Movement for the Performer (2).
This course introduces the student to the body and the voice as created and as creative instruments of expression. Each student will participate in presenting materials individually and in ensemble. It is an applied study of the foundations of human expression as it relates to stage performance. Applying movement to meaning through gesture. Applying sounds to make words and amplifying the text. Required for all theatre majors. Studio format. Concurrent enrollment in THE 129 and biomechanics lab is required. (Spring only)
135 Fundamentals of Stage Performance and lab (3).
Applied ergonomics to personal performance contexts. Introductions to mime, pantomime, mask, stage combat, and personal style. Required for performance majors. Studio format. Concurrent enrollment in THE 135 and mime lab is required. (Fall only)
140 Stagecraft Fundamentals and lab (2-1).
Study of the basic principles and techniques of the technical elements of theatre. The student will be introduced to stagecraft and set construction techniques, technical drawings, safety with and the proper usage of the power tools, and an overview of theatrical production organization and administration. Much of the lab time will emphasize the practical application of the material taught in class. Required of all theatre majors. Concurrent enrollment in THE 140 and stagecraft lab is required. (Fall only)
129 Voice and Movement for the Performer (2).
This course introduces the student to the body and the voice as created and as creative instruments of expression. Each student will participate in presenting materials individually and in ensemble. It is an applied study of the foundations of human expression as it relates to stage performance. Applying movement to meaning through gesture. Applying sounds to make words and amplifying the text. Required for all theatre majors. Studio format. (Spring only)
135 Fundamentals of Stage Performance and lab (3).
Applied ergonomics to personal performance contexts. Introductions to mime, pantomime, mask, stage combat, and personal style. Required for performance majors. Studio format. (Fall only)
140 Stagecraft Fundamentals and lab (2-1).
Study of the basic principles and techniques of the technical elements of theatre. The student will be introduced to stagecraft and set construction techniques, technical drawings, safety with and the proper usage of the power tools, and an overview of theatrical production organization and administration. Much of the lab time will emphasize the practical application of the material taught in class. Required of all theatre majors. Concurrent enrollment in THE 140 and stagecraft lab is required. (Fall only)
170 Acting & Directing Dynamics (2).
This course introduces the elements of staging and directing into the study of acting. Basic directing concepts will be explored along with further practical experience and study of the field of stage performance. (Fall only)
200 Theatre Ministry I (3).
Students investigate the historical, theological, and aesthetic relationships of theatre and religion, studying available Christian dramatic literature. Examples will be cited on the potential and limitations of how theatre arts ministry can be used as a discipleship, education, and evangelism tool. In addition to classroom examples, opportunities will be provided for site-based ministry observations. The course will give specific career directions for theatre arts-related ministries, and survey successful ministry organizations using the theatre arts. (Fall, even years)
201-202 Practicum (1).
Practicum is the course for all theatre majors to be enrolled each semester for their practical crew and cast positions for the production season. Students will participate in preparing departmental presentations, and attend department and production meetings. (201, Fall only; 202, Spring only)
210 Scriptwriting (3).
This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of storytelling as a dramatic art. Students will develop rough ideas through treatments and scripting exercises (including free form writing and dialogue construction) that will prepare them from writing short scripts for stage and screen. (Fall only)
220 Production Management (2).
Principles of stage management, production management, and directing for the theatre. (Fall only)
240 Fundamentals of Stagecraft II (2). Prereq: THE 140.
Students will explore and apply principles of technical theatre within the areas of costumes, props, lighting, and sound production. (Spring, even years)
245 Costume Construction (2). Prereq: THE 140
Students will encounter an introduction to the principles and techniques of costume construction; including shop organization, management, cutting, sewing techniques, and wardrobe maintenance. (Fall only)
250 Makeup for the Stage (2).
This course is designed for those interested in learning makeup techniques. Through lectures, practical assignments, and evaluations, students will receive a solid foundation in the application of stage makeup. They will also explore how an actor can use makeup as a tool to express their character on stage. (Spring, odd years)
255 Stage Combat I (2). Prereq: THE 129
This beginning course teaches how to create the illusion of violence for stage and screen including basic instruction in Unarmed (feet, fists, slaps, punches, kicks, falls, and rolls) and Rapier and Dagger (Parries, cuts, thrusts and more!). The emphasis is on safe and realistic violence for the stage. (Fall, even years)
270 History of World Theatre & Dramatic Literature I (3).
The history of theatre as an art, as a medium of cultural expression and communication, and as a social institution. The theatre of the past is examined both for its own artistic techniques and for the light that it may shed on the cultural patterns and values of the societies in which it has served as a forum of the public imagination. History I focuses on the origins of theatre through the English restoration. (Fall only)
275 Musical Theatre History (3).
This course surveys the history of the American musical theatre. This course will be a chronological study of major periods in Musical Theatre, which has its roots in Greek and Roman drama and evolves into early English music halls, vaudeville, and Italian intermezzi’s culminating into the Golden Age of Musicals in the 1950s and beyond. (Spring, even years)
280 Improv (2).
This course offers students a chance to gain experience in techniques of theatrical improvisation, and its application to rehearsal processes, as well as an opportunity to perform Improv Comedy in a live audience setting. A study of different improv companies, approaches, techniques and perspectives will enhance the practical experiences. (Spring, odd years)
290 Physical Theatre (2)
A study in the techniques of approaching acting from a physical perspective. Storytelling through the body and physical development of character will be explored. (Fall, odd years)
293 Auditions and Solo Performance (2) Prereq: THE 135
This course will involve practical experience in preparing a variety of audition and other material for individual performance. Solo works will be written and rehearsed for final presentation. (Fall, even years)
300 Theatre Ministry II (3). Prereq: THE 200
The focus of this course deals with the requirements involved in the management and operation of theatre arts as a ministry. Specific techniques will be provided for the operation of theatre arts ministry programs. Methods for designing activities will be given to foster efficient, effective and cooperative programs. Two different areas will be presented, including full-time theatre arts ministry and the arts ministry within a church. (Spring, even years)
301-302 Practicum (1).
Practicum is the course for all theatre majors to be enrolled each semester for their practical crew and cast positions for the production season. Students will participate in preparing departmental presentations, and attend department and production meetings. (301, Fall only; 302, Spring only)
322 Rendering (2).
Using traditional mediums such as Water Colour, Gouache, Markers, and Pastels to communicate design concepts and ideas within a theatreical context. (Spring, odd years)
324 Digital Rendering (2). Prereq: GDS 110
Using computer programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator to communicate design ideas within a theatrical context. (Fall, even years)
325 Drafting (2). Prereq: THE 140
Introduction to precision drawing or drafting as employed in theatre. The student will gain a basic knowledge of manual and digital forms of technical drawing. They will learn how to create, read, understand, and interpret drawings created for the theatre. (Fall, odd years)
326 Sound Engineering (2)
This course presents creative application of digital sound editing for media. Students will learn to design, create and edit sound using standard audio equipment and computer software. Editing pre-recorded music, creating realistic sound environments and representing visual art with sound will be some of the specific techniques investigated. (Fall, even years)
330 Acting Studio (2). Prereq: THE 129, 135.
Analysis and application of techniques of period movement and acting, including Elizabethan style, and the cultural implications to performance. (Spring, odd years)
333 Acting for the Musical (2)
This course cultivates the skills of analyzing, interpreting, and performing the two primary texts of the musical theatre song: lyrics and music. By learning the performer’s mind/body connection through researching musical theatre repertoire, students ultimately are prepared for an effective musical theatre singing audition. (Fall, odd years)
340 Theatre Management (3). Prereq: THE 220
A study of the business of theatre, budgeting, feasibility studies, funding, publicity/promotion, master scheduling, and event handling. Internship with a theatre or performance organization. (Fall, odd years)
347 Props (2). Prereq: THE 240.
An introduction to the principles and techniques of set design and props in relation to a unified stage production. Proper drawing, labeling, and use of scale plans and models as well as the design and accumulation of performance props to accurately convey the playwright’s intents and director’s vision are required. (Spring, odd years)
355 Stage Combat II (2). Pre-req: THE 255
Continued training in additional stage weapon disciplines. Individual students may opt to have a professional adjudicator critique their final exam. Those who meet Society of American Fight Directors standards receive an internationally recognized certificate of skills proficiency from the S.A.F.D. (Spring, odd years)
358 Costume Crafts (2). Prereq: THE 240
An introduction to the art and craft of costuming. Including but not limited to areas of cobbling, milllinery, and wig making. (Spring, even years)
365 Dialects (2). Prereq: THE 129
A study in the techniques of vocal adjustments to take on dialects from different regions, nationalities, and backgrounds for the use in theatrical performance. Advanced vocal technique and preparation. (Spring, even years)
370 History of World Theatre & Dramatic Literature II (3).
The history of theatre as an art, as a medium of cultural expression and communication, and as a social institution. The theatre of the past is examined both for its own artistic techniques and for the light that it may shed on the cultural patterns and values of the societies in which it has served as a forum of the public imagination History II focuses on the neoclassic period through postmodern drama. (Spring only)
375 21st Century Theatre & Literature (3). Prereq: THE 270 & THE 370
A study of contemporary trends in the world of theatre. Recent productions and publications will be studied, as well as an examination of developments in the realm of both commercial and avant-garde theatre in America and around the world. (Fall, odd years)
390 Theatre for Young Audiences (2).
A study of the theory and practice of performance for children and young audiences. (Spring, even years)
395 Caberet (1).
This class focuses on the art and craft of the cabaret song. This class works toward a performance of songs to showcase at the end of the semester. (Spring, odd years)
400 Bible as Dramatic Literature (3).
A study of the use of the Bible in a dramatic context. Scripture will be analyzed through the lens of dramatic performance, and will be used to create short scripts for either solo or small ensemble performance. (Spring, even years)
401-402 Practicum (1).
Practicum is the course for all theatre majors to be enrolled each semester for their practical crew and cast positions for the production season. Students will participate in preparing departmental presentations, and attend department and production meetings. (401, Fall only; 402, Spring only)
410 Playwriting (3). Prereq: THE 210
This course is designed as an advanced study in the art of dramatic writing for the stage. Students will develop story ideas from concept through development and scripting to produce a full-length script for stage. Several styles and genres of plays will be explored and will include treatments and scripting exercise, free form writing and dialogue construction; as well as an examination of the process of getting a play produced. (Spring, odd years)
412 Screenwriting (3). Prereq: THE 210
An advanced study in the art of dramatic writing for the screen. Students develop story ideas from concept through development and scripting to produce a full-length screenplay; examining genre and its effect on structure, and studying techniques in scripting that enable clearer communication of story. (Spring, even years)
415 Shakespeare (3).
Study of the major plays with emphasis on performance. Shakespeare is studied not only as an individual author but also as an apex from which English-language literature both preceding and antedating his achievement can be defined. (Spring, odd years)
422 Design Methods (2).
An examination of Professional design requirements and practices asked of a professional designer. This course will work to expose the student to the working pressures of a designer through projects and lectures. (Spring, odd years)
424 Theories and Ideas in Theatrical Design (2).
Introduction to the theory and terminology of theatre design and practical application
of design elements and principles through projects. Practice in using the elements of design, including an introduction to light, color, and composition as they relate to the various areas of theatre and design. (Fall, odd years)
426 Multi-Media & Projections (2).
A study of the creation and use of multimedia presentations and projections in a theatrical context. (Spring, odd years)
440 Scenic Painting (2)
An introduction to the art and craft of scenic painting. Learning faux texturing techniques, large scale painting skills, and practical application of color theory. (Spring, even years)
441 Internship (1-3).
Supervised practical experience in theatre. May combine work in residence with a theatre or ministry entity, site visitations to various facilities in pursuit of a particular pre-approved topic, or a combination of documented experiences in the field. Approval of the department chairman is required. Refer to “Student Intern Programs and Practicums” for further requirements. (Fall and Spring)
445 Mission Trip (1-3).
A travel seminar with significant hands-on ministry, usually in a cross-cultural setting. Should be taken for one (1) hour credit during the semester preceding the mission trip for the purposes of preparation. There will be an emphasis on understanding and relating appropriately to those of other backgrounds while carrying out a ministry project. May be taken for a maximum of three credits. Approval of the department chairman is required. (Fall and Spring)
450 Advanced Makeup (2). Prereq: THE 250
Building upon the foundations of THE 250. Exploring appliances, prosthetics, bald caps, and other makeup applications. (Spring, even years)
455 Acting for the Camera (2)
An introduction to the techniques and practices of acting for the camera. (Fall, odd years)
472 Dramaturgy (3)
This course provides an overview of the art and craft of dramaturgy in the contemporary theatre. Through individual and group projects, students examine the role the dramaturge plays in developing production concepts, conducting production research, choosing translations, and developing adaptations of literature for performance. (Fall, even years)
475 Directing (3)
Students investigate and apply the stage director’s art and craft; play selection, casting, mounting the play, rhythm, characterization, and actor-director relationships. (Fall only)
485 Advanced Costume Construction (2). Prereq: THE 245
A continuation and building upon the skills learned in THE 245 through production and project work. The goal is to introduce the students to more complex and detailed costume construction and wardrobe skills. (Fall, odd years)
493 Devised Theatre (2)
This course is a practical study of the processes and perspectives in the group creation of performance material for live theatre. A study of a variety of companies and approaches will inform the culminating project of an original, devised work in performance. (Fall, even years)
495 Directed Studies (1-3).
This course is designed to give students applied experience in special areas of theatre activity. (Fall and spring)
497 Special Topics in Theatre (1-3)
Advanced course for practical experiences in a specialty aspect of theatre study. (Fall and spring)
499 Senior Project (1-3).
Culminating process in coordination with and upon approval of Theatre department faculty. (Fall and spring)