The College of St. Scholastica
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Duluth, MN 55811
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Fast Facts: Theatre Minor
Minor: 20 credits (which includes work on four productions and at least one technical theater practicum)
Work-study and internship/practicum credits are available at the St. Scholastica Theatre. Duluth is home to a thriving performing arts community including the Duluth Playhouse, Teatro Zuccone, Minnesota Ballet and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, so internship opportunities could be available off campus.
Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.
CTA 2100 - Theatre Practicum
Offers 0 to 4 credits for performance in or work on a play. Students must be cast in a play or obtain the permission of the director or technical director to enroll for the course. One credit requires 30 hours of work on the production.
CTA 2150 - Acting for the Stage
Acting actually has very little to do with "acting." Modern approaches to acting are based on an individual's responding realistically to imaginary situations. Much of this beginning course will focus on relaxation and concentration exercises as well on as exercises which tap the imagination and help to release the emotional reactions appropriate for a scene. Students will perform monologues and scenes as well as improvisations.
CTA 2250 - Introduction to Stagecraft
Introduces modern set-building used in theatre technology. Students develop knowledge of sound and lighting equipment properties, power tools, drafting skills, production budgets and material used to produce a realized production.
CTA 3330 - Theatre: Greek - Elizabethan
Surveys major historical developments in theatre from the birth of theatre performance in ancient Greece, through Roman theatre to medieval liturgical drama. The course concludes with Elizabethan theatre and includes study of technical developments as well as historical contexts. Classes focus on production as well as the literary interpretation.
CTA 3331 - Theatre: Restoration-20th Cent
Surveys major historical developments in theatre from the Restoration through the 20th century. The readings focus on the change in realism with the influence of psychoanalysis, absurdism, surrealism and ethnic theatre. Literary and historical components of the plays are addressed. Classes focus on production as well as the literary perspective.
CTA 4150 - Directing
Basic stages of the directing process. From script analysis to coaching actors, students will plan their own one-act play production. Under the supervision of the instructor, the students will hold production meetings, audition and cast a play, block and rehearse the selection, coordinate light and sound cues, and oversee the technical rehearsals and the performance.
CTA 4250 - Design for the Theatre
Introduces students to three types of theatre genres: Greek, Elizabethan and Modern. Students will be introduced to the three types of design disciplines: scenes, costumes and lights. Students will learn how to analyze and convert literature into visual images through metaphors, symbolism and realism.
CTA 4999 - Independent Study
Individual research or production projects are chosen by the student and approved by instructor. May be taken twice for credit, each time in a different area. Pre-requisite: At least one academic or production course in chosen area.
"I came into the theatre without knowing anyone on campus and with no acting experience. I left two years later having acted, assistant-directed, and having built sets with fantastic friends. I even met my fiancé. Come for the theater, stay for the people."
– Nate Byrne '12