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Fast Facts: Theatre

  • A distinguished program that focuses on academic productions
  • Students are exposed to some of the greatest writers and literatures while taking part in very hands-on learning
  • Gives students an understanding of dramatic literature and theatre history, while teaching invaluable speaking, listening, and observation skills
  • Students gain competence in performance and technical theatre, helping with all aspects of productions, from sets and costumes, to the box office, to performance
  • Students have the ability to self-design a major in theatre in either performance or technical theatre

Program Requirements

Minor: 20 credits (which includes work on four productions and at least one technical theater practicum)

Internship Opportunities

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.

Sample Curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse CTA 2250 - Introduction to Stagecraft

Designed to introduce 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse CTA 3331 - Theatre: Restoration-20th Cent

Survey of 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse CTA 4250 - Design for the Theatre

Designed to introduce 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

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  • "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