Theatre (B.A.)

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Theatre: Acting
  • B.A. in Theatre: Theatre Studies
  • B.A. in Theatre: Technical Theatre

Contact

Dr. Ivan Fuller
Associate Dean, School of Fine & Performing Arts
609-895-5630
ifuller@rider.edu

Program Website:  www.rider.edu/theatre
Associated Department: Department of Theatre and Dance

Related Programs

Theatre Performance Track Requirements

THE 105Theatre History to 17003
THE 106Theater History Since 17003
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
THE 110Acting II: Scene Study3
THE 111Theatre Lab (Repeat 6 times)0
THE 220Movement for the Actor3
THE 310Acting III3
THE 311Acting IV3
THE 221Voice for the Actor3
THE 222Speech and Dialects for the Actor3
THE 240Script Analysis3
THE 300Acting for the Camera3
THE 400Directing3
THE 115Stagecraft3
Two additional courses from the following:6
Stage Lighting
Scenic Design
Advanced Performance Workshop
The Drama
Theatre Production (Must be repeated 3 times and may be repeated an additional three times)
Theatre Production Tech
Music Theater Production
MTR Production (tech)
Total Credits45

Theatre Studies Track Requirements

THE 105Theatre History to 17003
THE 106Theater History Since 17003
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
THE 111Theatre Lab (Repeat 6 times)0
THE 115Stagecraft3
THE 240Script Analysis3
THE 400Directing3
Six additional courses from the following list:18
Acting II: Scene Study
Theatre Production (Must be repeated 3 times and may be repeated an additional three times)
Theatre Production Tech
Music Theater Production
MTR Production (tech)
Stage Lighting
Scenic Design
Acting for the Camera
American Theatre History
Contemporary American Theater
Selected Topics in Theatre His
Advanced Performance Workshop
Intro To Shakespeare
The Drama
Six credits in art, dance, music or musical theatre courses6
Total Credits42

Technical Theatre Track Requirements 

THE 105Theatre History to 17003
THE 106Theater History Since 17003
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
THE 111Theatre Lab (Repeat 6 times)0
THE 115Stagecraft3
THE 116Stagecraft Practicum (Repeat 3 times)3
THE 118Visual Imagination3
THE 127TTheatre Production Tech (Repeat 6 times)6
THE 218Stage Lighting3
THE 223Costume Design3
THE 240Script Analysis3
THE 317Scenic Design3
THE 400Directing3
Senior Capstone1
AAD 121Intro to Arts Administration3
2 classes from the following:6
Touring and Production Management
Stage Management
Stage Make Up
Sound Design
Drafting for the Stage
Properties and Scenic Painting
Internship in Theater
Total Credits49

Theatre Minor Requirements

(20 credits)

The theatre minor requires an audition for students focusing on performance or an interview for those focusing on technical theatre in order to be accepted into the program.

THE 105Theatre History to 17003
THE 106Theater History Since 17003
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
THE 111Theatre Lab (2 terms)0
THE 115Stagecraft3
THE 127TTheatre Production Tech (2 terms)2
or THE 127 Theatre Production
Two Theatre elective courses6
Total Credits20

Concentrations

Theatre Performance Track

(45 credits)

THE 105Theatre History to 17003
THE 106Theater History Since 17003
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
THE 110Acting II: Scene Study3
THE 111Theatre Lab (6 terms)0
THE 115Stagecraft3
THE 220Movement for the Actor3
THE 221Voice for the Actor3
THE 222Speech and Dialects for the Actor3
THE 240Script Analysis3
THE 310Acting III3
THE 311Acting IV3
THE 400Directing3
THE 410Advanced Performance Workshop3
Select two of the following:6
Theatre Production
Stage Lighting
THE 317Scenic Design3
Acting for the Camera
Advanced Performance Workshop
Music Theater Production
The Drama
General Education Requirements
See core requirements on the School of Fine and Performing Arts page of the Rider University website.33
Free Electives
Select 42 credits of free electives42
Total Credits123

Technical Theatre Track

THE 105Theatre History to 17003
THE 106Theater History Since 17003
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
THE 111Theatre Lab (Repeat 6 times)0
THE 115Stagecraft3
THE 116Stagecraft Practicum (Repeat 3 times)3
THE 118Visual Imagination3
THE 127TTheatre Production Tech (Repeat 6 times)6
THE 218Stage Lighting3
THE 223Costume Design3
THE 240Script Analysis3
THE 317Scenic Design3
THE 400Directing3
Senior Capstone1
AAD 121Intro to Arts Administration3
2 classes from the following:6
Touring and Production Management
Stage Management
Stage Make Up
Sound Design
Drafting for the Stage
Properties and Scenic Painting
Internship in Theater
Total Credits49

Theatre Studies Track

(45 credits)

This track may be chosen as a first or second major. If chosen as a second major, the theatre major is 45 semester hours and the student should follow the core requirements of the first major.

THE 105Theatre History to 17003
THE 106Theater History Since 17003
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
THE 111Theatre Lab0
THE 115Stagecraft3
THE 240Script Analysis3
THE 400Directing3
Additional Theatre studio or technical or elective courses21
2 courses in Art, Dance, Music, or Musical Theatre6
General Education Requirements
See the list of requirements at the end of the School of Fine and Performing Arts section of the catalog.33
Free Electives
Select 42 credits of free electives42
Total Credits120

Plan of Study for B.A. in Theatre Performance

Courses and Descriptions

THE 105 Theatre History to 1700 3 Credits

The history of theater from the primitive time through the Baroque era. Examines major plays and playwrights, emphasizing the Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Elizabethan eras.

THE 106 Theater History Since 1700 3 Credits

The history of theater from the Restoration to the present. Examines major plays and playwrights, emphasizing the Restoration, Romantic, and Realistic movements.

THE 107 Acting I: Intro to Acting 3 Credits

Exercises and improvisations developing the fundamental prerequisites for the actor are provided. The emphasis is on vocal and physical mobility and the ability to communicate emotional states from the stage.

THE 110 Acting II: Scene Study 3 Credits

Basic acting techniques. Emphasis on the ingredients of any action: what am I doing, where, why, who am I, what is my attitude toward partner?

Prerequisite(s): THE 107.

THE 111 Theatre Lab 0 Credits

This class serves as a forum for students to cultivate practical professional skills. Through seminars, guest speakers and master classes, this lab will give the students necessary tools to enter the professional theater. Theater majors must meet the weekly attendance and participation requirements during every semester up to a total of six.

THE 115 Stagecraft 3 Credits

The theory and practice of construction and rigging of stage scenery is offered. Emphasis is on actual productions and road show set-ups. One lecture and two labs per week.

THE 116 Stagecraft Practicum 1 Credits

Work in the various shops and stages specializing in different areas such as carpentry, scenic painting, lighting and electrics, costumes and props, assisting main stage productions under the supervision of the design or technical staff.

Prerequisite(s): THE 115.

THE 118 Visual Imagination 3 Credits

Introduction to the visual world of theater design. Visual examples, physical exercises and handcraft of composition and style, with dramatic input and meaning. The course explores how to translate ideas in a dramatic text into a visual context.

THE 120 Theater Appreciation 3 Credits

By exploration of dramatic literature, conclusions are drawn as to man’s relationship to his particular period, style, political, social, and psychological environment. Appreciation of the theatrical event is included.

THE 127 Theatre Production 1 Credits

Students rehearse and perform roles in a play produced by the department and directed by a member of its faculty. Students may also prepare a major element of design or technology for the production. Maximum of eight credits are accepted in theatre production, band and/or choir.

THE 127T Theatre Production Tech 1 Credits

THE 199 The Arts in Contemporary Civil 3 Credits

An integrated study of the arts and their place in contemporary American life. Includes attendance at several events in art, music, and drama.

THE 218 Stage Lighting 3 Credits

The theory and practice of stage lighting as utilized in concept, dance, and theatre. Considers the nature of light, controlling light, color theory, electricity, electrical safety, and lighting design.

Prerequisite(s): THE 115.

THE 219 Stage Management 3 Credits

Provide necessary tools to get started as a production stage manager (PSM), including management, leadership, communication and organzational skills. Providing guidelines to prepare production paperwork. Overview of the relationship between the PSM and other production personnel.

Prerequisite(s): THE 115.

THE 220 Movement for the Actor 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to movement training methodologies, and emphasizes physical awareness and expressivity as it relates to development of character.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107, Open to Theater majors or minor, or by permission of the instructor.

THE 221 Voice for the Actor 3 Credits

Focuses on exploration of the basic principles of vocal production and cultivating natural expressivity of the voice. Class work is based upon the classic progression of voice exercises of Kristin Linklater.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107; Open to Theatre majors or minor, or by permission of the instructor.

THE 222 Speech and Dialects for the Actor 3 Credits

Focuses on exploration of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and the use of the IPA in learning dialects (including Standard Neutral American) for the stage.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107; Open to Theater majors or minor, or by permission of the instructor.

THE 223 Costume Design 3 Credits

Introduction to tasks, skills and expertise of costume design and costuming techniques, relationship with other creative production and cast members. Students will create sketches and develop basic construction plans. Develop familiarity with fabrics, patterns, common challenges in costume design.

Prerequisite(s): THE 115, THE 118.

THE 224 Stage Make Up 3 Credits

Basic application of make up artistry and techniques for the stage. How it can help build a character, and how to apply to self and others.

THE 225 Sound Design 3 Credits

Introduction to sound design and its diverse use and practice for the staged productions, e.g. plays, musicals, operas and dance.

Prerequisite(s): THE 115.

THE 226 Drafting for the Stage 3 Credits

Covers essential drafting language for staged productions. Drafting of ground plans, sections, elevations, and renderings by hand and with computers.

Prerequisite(s): THE 115.

THE 227 Properties and Scenic Painting 3 Credits

Covers general aspects of scenic painting and props for the stage. Hands on exercises, needs and challenges of each area, how work is usually accomplished in the professional world. Explore different textures, materials and how to combine them.

Prerequisite(s): THE 115, THE 118.

THE 240 Script Analysis 3 Credits

This course provides students with a technique for analyzing any text by breaking down scenes into objectives, conflicts, beats, activities and subtext, allowing the actor to construct an approach to finding character.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107.

THE 300 Acting for the Camera 3 Credits

Focuses on the craft and artistry of acting in television and film. Examination of TV production and the styles needed for work in various media will be discussed. Physicalization, simplicity, listening, marking and other technical requirements will be explored. Staging involving different camera angles will be rehearsed. The emphasis of this class is on adapting the performance to the special needs of the camera.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107.

THE 306 American Theatre History 3 Credits

The history of the American theater from the colonial period to the present, emphasizing dramatic scripts and theatrical conventions. Examines important playwrights, theorists, and practitioners representative of each period of American history, emphasizing the 19th and 20th centuries.

THE 307 Contemporary American Theater 3 Credits

Today’s most influential theatre artists are discussed. Focusing on playwrights, the form and content of dramatic literature considered most significant today are examined along with recent innovations in design and staging practices.

THE 308 Modern Drama 3 Credits

Surveys American and European drama from 1920 to 1970. All plays are read in English translation. In these plays, theatrical artists address the great themes of this century. While doing so, they also expand the limits of theatrical expression.

THE 310 Acting III 3 Credits

Students will study in-depth techniques for exploring characterization. They will be introduced to the “magic if” and study techniques for placing themselves in the circumstances of the characters they are portraying. They will learn the interior and exterior analysis of characters using “Adler” and “Practical Aesthetics” techniques.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107, THE 110.

THE 311 Acting IV 3 Credits

Students will learn the appropriate techniques to explore characters in the three styles of Elizabethan, Restoration, and Commedia dell’ arte theatre. Sessions will include movement, effective speech, and finding appropriate actions for each style. Students will also learn proper research techniques to understand cultural influences on plays and characters.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107, THE 110, THE 310.

THE 312 The Arts Abroad 3 Credits

A two-week trip abroad that includes a critical study of the music and theatre. Students are required to attend all performances, guided tours, and classes before and after the trip. A travel journal and final paper is required. A travel fee is required. Travel sites and artistic disciplines may vary year to year. May be taken more than once for credit.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

THE 317 Scenic Design 3 Credits

The study and application of design principles as related to the stage. Incorporates the design process, decor research, styles, materials, and construction technology.

THE 400 Directing 3 Credits

The technique of play directing and production management. Lectures present aesthetic and theoretical concepts that are explored in workshops. Each student is required to direct and analyze a one-act play.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107, THE 110, THE 115.

THE 410 Advanced Performance Workshop 3 Credits

An opportunity to work an entire semester on a specific style or period of theatre, e.g., Shakespeare, farce, Readers’ Theater.

Prerequisite(s): THE 107, THE 110.

THE 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Students may pursue a special topic for which they have prepared through prior course work. Only one project may be scheduled in a semester. The project may involve 1-4 Credits. Approval of the faculty sponsor, department chair, and dean required prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing, good academic standing.

THE 491 Internship in Theater 1-12 Credits

Provides junior or senior theatre majors the practical experience of working within a professional theater environment. Students must be sponsored by a theatre professor. For each academic credit, interns must work 48 hours for the semester, or approximately 3.7 hours each week.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

THE 495 Selected Topics in Theatre His 3 Credits

Intensive study of a particular topic, such as the work of one dramatic movement, one period in dramatic history, or one nation’s history. Students become deeply involved in an area through research, class discussions, and individual consultation with the instructor.

THE 496 Senior Internship 6-12 Credits

THE 498 Senior Capstone 3 Credits

The senior capstone is intended for technical theatre students in their final year. Depending on the required abilities, students will be able to design sets, lights, costumes, props or sound for a mainstage show at Rider University, do research on topics related to technical Theatre, internships outside Rider University or work on projects that will improve the use of facilities, storage or equipment for Theater and Dance Department.

THE 499 Senior Honors Program 3 Credits

A senior honors program may be submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for graduation with honors in fine arts. Honors work is limited to those departmental majors with a GPA of 3.5 in fine arts courses and cognates. The program, to be planned under the direction of a faculty advisor, will represent a culmination of demonstrated excellence in a specific area of fine arts. Candidates for honors in fine arts must be approved by the department chairperson and the faculty.