Theatre

 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) (Theatre) requires 120 credit hours over a four-year period. The core of the degree consists of:

  • 75 credit hours in theatre
  • 18 credit hours in dramatic literature

Students major in acting or technical theatre production, but the courses in dramatic literature are commonto both areas. In addition, theatre students arerequired to take:

  • six credit hours in first-year English
  • six credit hours in art history
  • 15 credit hours in electives in consultation with the program chair

 

Admission requirements

In addition to meeting the general academic requirements of the university, applicants for the BFA (Theatre) must audition/interview to the satisfaction of the department. Enrolment in the program is limited and selection is competitive. The deadline for applications is March 31.

Theatre-making requires training in a number of different areas of expertise, foremost among them being acting and stagecraft. Acting encompasses the imaginative and physical skills acquired by the contemporary actor through the studyofvoice, movement, textual interpretation and improvisation. Stagecraft requires a mastery of technical and creative skills such as set design, costume design, lighting, sound and stage management. In addition, students of theatre also need a broad knowledge of the history and theory of performance. Several first-year courses are available to non-theatre majors at Grenfell Campus.

Courses available in first year

Theatre 1000 and 1001
Introduction to the History of Theatre I and II (available only at Grenfell Campus) is a historical survey of the art of the theatre.The history of theatre will be studied in terms of the evolution of performance and of the physical theatre from their origins in a variety of social rituals and contexts through to their present plurality of forms. At the same time, the nature and function of the various components of theatrical performance (acting, directing, design, etc.) will be analyzed in terms of period philosophical, social, cultural, political and religious contexts. These courses are open to non-theatre students.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

Theatre 1010
Introduction to Acting (available only at Grenfell Campus) is an appreciation of the fundamentals of the craft ofacting. Basic exercises invoice, movement, relaxation and concentration, improvisation and script analysis will introduce the student to the imaginative and physical skills required by an actor. This is a basic course for all theatre students regardless of their specific areas ofinterest.
Studio: Six hours per week
Prerequisite: None

Theatre 1020
Introduction to Technical Theatre Production (available only at Grenfell Campus) is an appreciation of the basic vocabulary and techniques of the various technical and organizational structures and practices of staging plays. Areas of concentration will include scenic and costume construction, basics in lighting, painting, props, sound and stage management. This is a basic course for all theatre students regardless of their specific areas of interest.
Studio: Six hours per week
Prerequisite: None

Theatre 1110
Acting I (available only at Grenfell Campus) is an introductory course for those majoring in acting. Emphasis is on voice, speech, movement and text analysis. Various learning methods will be employed, from sensitivity exercises to improvisation and creative imagination exercises. Participation in in-class performance is required. This course is restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week
Prerequisite: Theatre 1000, Theatre 1010 and 1020

Theatre 1120
Technical Theatre Production I (available only at Grenfell Campus) is an introductory course for those majoring in technical theatre production. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of scenic carpentry, wardrobe, sound, lighting, crewing, painting and stage management. Practical projects will be related to departmental productions. This course is restricted to theatre majors.
Studio: Six hours per week
Prerequisite: Theatre 1000, 1010 and 1020

Theatre 1200
Concert Dance is an overview of the basic techniques of Western concert dance such as jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance within their historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts. The course develops basic body awareness and alignment and explores the basics of codified dance technique. This course is open to non-Theatre students. Attendance is required
Studio hours: 3 hours per week

Theatre 1250
Improvised Movement and Conditioning is an exploration of the basic development of healthy physical practice for movement training including conditioning and improvisation. Students will investigate body awareness, anatomy, self-expression, dynamic alignment, and the basic principles of creating movement-based performances. This course is open to non-Theatre students. Attendance is required
Studio hours: Three hours per week

Sample program for first year

Students accepted to the BFA (Theatre) program will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1000Englihs 1001
Theatre 1000Theatre 1001
Theatre 1010Theatre 1110 or 1120
Theatre 1020six credit hours in electives
elective

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

For additional information please contact:
Michael Waller mwaller@grenfell.mun.ca
www.grenfell.mun.ca/academics-and-research/Pages/Bachelor-of-Fine-Arts/Theatre.aspx

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca