Theatre Arts prepares students to bring the “word” to life through purposeful relationships and to tell important life-changing stories. Incarnation is the heart of theatre, making the “word” become “flesh.” Effectively accom­plished, theatre awakens the members of the audience to an awareness of their spiritual capability. A good story, powerfully conceived and well executed, forces the consideration of significant questions such as: Is this true? Could it be true? Am I like this? Could I be? Should I be?

The focus of the program is to provide artistic preparation and exploration for a broad range of individual interests—from those who desire to influence professional theatre to those who plan to use theatre in ministry, education, or business. Within the liberal arts setting, the department also seeks to develop educated and artistically sensitive audience members capable of perceptively interacting with all manner of productions from a Christian worldview.

In order to accommodate specialized interests in theatre arts, the major is divided into two emphases: acting/directing and musical theatre. While integrating the Christian faith throughout each specialization, analysis and production of dramatic literature from ancient classics to modern experimental pieces enrich the study of theatre at Bethel University.

Majors in Theatre Arts

Minor in Theatre Arts

THA100NA • Creative Performance. 3 Credits.

Art of acting. Workshop experiences to develop personal creative talents through an exploration of performance techniques including movement, improvisation, and stage acting.
Offered: Fall, spring.

THA120A • Projects in Performance. 1 Credit.

An individual project in backstage/technical work (set building, props, lights, or costumes) or acting to be done in conjunction with the theatre productions being performed during current semester. Minimum of 30 hours. Class size depends on the needs for the individual production.
Prerequisites: Consent of department. Offered: Fall, spring even # years

THA195 • Theatre Hour. 0 Credit.

Attendance at a performance at an area theatre and discussion of topics of significance to theatre artists.
Prerequisites: Theatre major or minor. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis. Offered: Fall, spring. Special Notes: Theatre majors must register each semester in residence in order to complete the theatre attendance requirement for graduation.

THA202A • Producing and Performing a Musical. 3 Credits.

An intensive experience in the production and performance of a musical. Instruction and coaching in the unique art of musical theatre as well as direct involvement in all aspects of mounting a show according to a professional summer stock or repertory model.
Prerequisites: Audition for and be cast in the show. Offered: Interim, odd # years

THA212 • Voice Production. 3 Credits.

A group-intensive laboratory designed to explore special topics in theatre. The art of using the voice. Key skills such as projection, articulation, vocal flexibility, and vocal exercises designed to broaden and develop the vocal instrument.
Prerequisites: THA100NA or consent of instructor; sophomore standing. Offered: Fall 2017

THA214 • Stage Combat. 3 Credits.

A group-intensive laboratory designed to explore special areas in theatre. Students will learn techniques of stage combat and movement including unarmed, quarterstaff, and rapier.
Prerequisites: THA100NA; consent of instructor; sophomore standing. Offered: Spring 2017

THA220 • Projects in Performance. 1 Credit.

An individual project in acting, stage-managing, or design to be done in conjunction with the theatre productions being performed during current semester.
Prerequisites: Be cast in a production or consent of department. Offered: Fall, spring, interim odd # years. Special Notes: Maximum of 1 credit per area, per semester and 4 credits per four years.

THA240 • Stagecraft. 4 Credits.

Techniques used to mount a theatre production through developing and adapting the skills and creative capabilities inherent in each student. Costuming, set construction, painting and dyeing, makeup, and lighting techniques.
Prerequisites: GES125 or GES147. Offered: Spring, odd # years

THA279 • Theatre and Culture: Classical to Modern. 4 Credits.

Dynamic interrelationship of theatre and culture, focusing on the correlations among a people’s worldview; their religious, philosophical, political, and aesthetic concerns; and their dramatic art as it was brought to life on the stages of their time. Script analysis and theatrical activity of the classical, medieval, Renaissance, and neoclassical periods.
Offered: Fall, odd # years.

THA291L • Theatre in the Modern Age. 3 Credits.

Theatre’s role as a reflector and instigator of cultural change during the modern period: reli­gious, philosophical, political, social, and aesthetic. The theatrical “isms”: naturalism, realism, surrealism, symbolism, expressionism, and absurdism.
Prerequisites: GES130 or GES244 (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Spring, even # years

THA302 • Producing and Performing a Musical. 3 Credits.

Additional experience in the production and performance of a musical. Instruction and coaching in the unique art of musical theatre as well as direct involvement in all aspects of mounting a show according to a professional summer stock or repertory model.
Prerequisites: Audition for and be cast in the show; THA202A. Offered: Interim, odd # years

THA310 • Design for the Stage. 4 Credits.

Principles of costume, scenery, and lighting design. Training in communicating design through figure drawing, drafting, rendering, and model making.
Prerequisites: GES125 or GES147; sophomore standing. Offered: Spring, even # years

THA311 • Stage Dialects. 3 Credits.

A group-intensive laboratory designed to explore special topics in theatre. Learn key skills needed to create believable stage dialects such as American Southern, Brooklynese, Standard British, Cockney, Irish, and German. Develop performance skills using dialects.
Prerequisites: THA100NA or consent of instructor; sophomore standing. Offered: Fall 2018

THA313 • Auditioning and Acting for the Camera. 3 Credits.

A group intensive laboratory designed to explore special topics in theatre. Techniques utilized in acting for the camera. Work in scene study, character analysis, and individual performance skills needed in acting for film, auditioning, and creating résumés.
Prerequisites: THA100NA or consent of instructor; sophomore standing. Offered: Spring 2016

THA315 • Performing Shakespeare. 3 Credits.

The art of performing and acting Shakespeare. Basic key skills such as scansion and anti-thesis, and performance techniques needed to analyze and interpret Shakespearean text for performance. Group lab experiences and work with Shakespearean scenes and monologues.
Prerequisites: THA100NA, ENL303 (can be taken concurrently), ENL321; THA350, junior or senior standing. Offered: Spring, odd # years

THA320 • Projects in Performance. 1 Credit.

An individual project in acting, stage-managing, or design to be done in conjunction with the theatre productions being performed during current semester.
Prerequisites: Be cast in a production or consent of department. Offered: Fall, spring, interim odd # years. Special Notes: Maximum of 1 credit per area, per semester and 4 credits per four years.

THA330 • Topics in Theatre Arts. 3 Credits.

A group-intensive laboratory designed to explore special topics in theatre such as playwriting, character/tap dance, theatre for youth and children, and other topics depending on student interest. Students may interact with theatre professionals and develop individual performance skills.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor; sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally

THA350 • Advanced Acting. 3 Credits.

Advanced work in scene study, character analysis, and individual performance skills.
Prerequisites: THA100NA. Offered: Fall, even # years

THA360 • Musical Theatre. 3 Credits.

The identification and development of a singer-actor’s skills through classroom exercises and assignments utilizing the literature of musical theatre; process and value of group interaction and coaching. Includes various performances.
Prerequisites: THA100NA; THA202A; sophomore standing. Offered: Spring, even # years

THA405 • Directing. 4 Credits.

Directing fundamentals including: blocking, characterization, how to find and secure rights, playscript interpretation, character analysis, organization and preparing budgets, and director/actor and director/designer relationships. Development of a directoral perspective and process through play analysis and workshop experience.
Prerequisites: THA100NA or THA291L; junior or senior standing. Offered: Fall, even # years

THA410 • Theatrical Styles. 4 Credits.

Advanced study of various theatrical styles (Greek, Neoclassic, Commedia, Antirealism, Experimental) from an acting/directing/design perspective. Analysis of acting, directing, and design theories and workshop exercises.
Prerequisites: THA405; THA350 or THA360. Offered: Spring, odd # years

THA420 • Projects in Performance. 1 Credit.

An individual project in acting, stage-managing, or design to be done in conjunction with the theatre productions being performed during current semester.
Prerequisites: Be cast in a production or consent of department. Offered: Fall, spring, interim odd # years. Special Notes: Maximum of 1 credit per area, per semester and 4 credits per four years.

THA481 • Internship in Theatre. 3-4 Credits.

Application of skills and knowledge to off-campus theatre situations. Internships may include church, community, professional, or summer stock theatre companies.
Prerequisites: Major in theatre arts. Offered: Fall, interim, spring

THA490 • Theatre Practicum. 4 Credits.

A culminating theatre project intended to challenge the creativity and professional talents of the senior theatre arts major. Projects may include designing for a major production, performing an acting recital, directing a one-act play, writing a script, or developing an experimental project.
Prerequisites: Major in theatre arts; consent of department. Offered: Fall, interim, spring