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Department of Theater
Dartmouth College
6204 Hopkins Center
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-3104
Fax: 603-646-1757
Email: Department.of.Theater@Dartmouth.EDU

Theater Major, Modified Major in Theater or Minoring in Theater for Class of 2017

Major Requirements for the Class of 2017 


Ten major courses, as enumerated within the following categories:

1. Five courses in Theater Studies:    

    a. The following three courses in Theater Studies are required:

  • THEA 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Performance
  • THEA 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Performance 
  • THEA 17: Theater and Society III: 19th and 20th Century Performance

    b. Any two of the following Theater Studies courses:

  • THEA 1: Introduction to Theater*
  • THEA 10: Special Topics with approval of the Chair
  • THEA 10/ RUS 18: Russian Theater
  • THEA 10/CLST 2: The Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome
  • THEA 22: Black Theater, U.S.A.
  • THEA 23: Topics in African Theater and Performance
  • THEA 24: Asian Performance Traditions
  • THEA 62: Plays in Performance: Perception and Analysis (FSP)
  • THEA 80: Independent Study

    *THEA 1 satisfies the Theater Studies course fulfillment only if it is completed before THEA 15, 16, and 17.

    With prior approval of the Chair, up to one course in Theater Studies from another department may be used to fulfill this category, including but not limited to:

  • ENGL 15: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 34: American Drama
  • ENGL 39: Modern British Drama

2. Four courses in Theater Practice:    

    a. The following course in theater production is required:

  • THEA 40: Technical Production

     b. Majors are required to take at least one of the performance courses:

  • THEA 10: Special Topics, upon approval
  • THEA 26: Movement Fundamentals I
  • THEA 27: Movement Fundamentals II
  • THEA 28: Dance Composition
  • THEA 29: Dance Theater Performance
  • THEA 30: Acting I
  • THEA 36: The Speaking Voice for the Stage
  • THEA 50: Playwriting I
  • THEA 51: Playwriting II
  • THEA 54: Directing
  • THEA 60: Classical Performance I
  • THEA 61: Classical Performance II
  • THEA 65: Drama in Performance
  • THEA 80: Independent Study

     c. Majors are required to take at least one course in theater design/management:

  • THEA 10: Special Topics in Theater, upon approval
  • THEA 41: Stage Management
  • THEA 42: Scene Design I
  • THEA 43: Scene Design II
  • THEA 44: Lighting Design I
  • THEA 45: Composition and Design
  • THEA 48: Costume Design I
  • THEA 80: Independent Study

The Culminating Experience

In their final year, all majors must complete the following course to satisfy their Culminating Experience in Theater:

  • THEA 90: Contemporary Practices in U.S. Theater

Production Requirement

Every Theater major is expected to complete four production credits. Theater production credits demonstrate competence in theater production by active and sustained participation in theater offerings at the Hopkins Center or elsewhere with approval of the Department. Sustained participation shall consist of completing production credits for Department of Theater productions or productions sponsored by the Department of Theater. Production credits will be completed under faculty supervision. Production credits must include a minimum of 25 hours of participation. 

  • One production credit must be fulfilled by serving as a stage manager or assistant stage manager for a mainstage production. Or, the student may complete THEA 41: Stage Management to fulfill this requirement. With prior approval of the Director of Theater, a Shakespeare Alley Showcase (SAS) production may also fulfill this requirement.
  • One production credit must be fulfilled by serving on a production's crew or working in the shops.
  • Two production credits may be fulfilled with any category of theater production, with the exception of work associated with THEA 40: Technical Production. This includes:
  • courses with a production component
  • acting in productions
  • participation in a production crew and/ or working in the shops
  • stage management
  • directing
  • designing
  • playwriting when the script is produced under the sponsorship of the Department
  • dramaturgy

In some cases, work-study hours may count toward the fulfillment of the production requirement with Departmental approval.

Last Updated: 10/25/13