Program Requirements and Regulations

Theatre Program Requirements and Regulations for Academic Progress

Students must fulfill the following requirements to enter the program, remain in the program and/or graduate from the program.

Minimum Grades and THEA: In addition to meeting the general university core and foreign language requirements, theatre majors and minors must earn a minimum grade of “C” in theatre courses in the degree plan. Those who earn a grade below “C” must repeat the course to receive credit. Students who have not met THEA requirements upon entering the program must do so by the end of the Sophomore year or they will not be allowed to progress in the major requirements.

Audition: Each incoming theatre student must have an audition/interview before the faculty. Auditions/interviews will be held during the fall and spring semesters prior to entry, during the summer prior to entry and/or during freshman orientation.

Advisement and Yearly Review: All theatre majors and minors must meet with their Theatre advisor at least twice each semester to monitor degree progress. Each student is required to be evaluated by the faculty each year to discuss their artistic growth. Mid-year evaluations may be held when necessary.

Project Requirements: Each student in theatre with a performance emphasis is required to showcase his/her talent each year to demonstrate growth as an actor. NEW FACES, or “Freshmen Recital” spotlights incoming freshmen and transfer students. The SOPHOMORE RECITAL is a two-person scene plus a monologue by each scene member with a time limit of fifteen minutes. The JUNIOR RECITAL is a one-person show approved by the faculty of thirty to forty minutes. The SENIOR RECITAL is an approved performance recital of forty-five minutes. Additional requirements are listed in the Theatre Student Handbook.

Performance Ensembles: Each theatre major/minor is required to be actively involved in at least one of the troupes and/or groups of the Charles Gilpin Players each semester.

Upper-Level Review: Theatre majors will be evaluated during the fourth semester of theatre studies. This evaluation determines if the student will be admitted to upper-level courses in theatre.

Transfer Credit: Students transferring from other institutions must validate their standings in theatre arts through an audition/interview before transfer credit is accepted and for entry into the program.

Practicum: All theatre majors must take theatre practicum each semester that they are theatre majors.

Attendance at Performances, Workshop, and Seminars: All theatre majors are required to attend every event and activity sponsored by the theatre program.

Crew Requirements: Students may work a minimum of two hours crew each day Monday through Thursday. Students should also be prepared to work weekends should the need arise for technical rehearsals. Crew time will be calculated weekly.

Weekly Meetings: A required meeting of all theatre majors/minors is held weekly for the purpose of production status and announcements, lecture, demonstrations, special performances and workshops, visiting artists, troupe shows, etc.