Nov 29, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre, BA (Temporarily Suspended)

Theatre Admissions Requirements

All students interested in becoming a Theatre Major or Theatre Minor must go through the admissions procedure.

  1. Students attend the auditions set by the faculty within the first two weeks of school.

    AUDITION/INTERVIEW: The total time for audition and interview is no longer than thirty (30) minutes.

    ACTORS: Prospective students must perform an audition consisting of two monologues/pieces, preferably one classic and one contemporary. The pieces must be no longer than two minutes each, must be contrasting, and should reflect the student’s interest and/or experience in theatre.

    PLAYWRIGHTS: Playwriting students are required to bring two copies of an original piece. The piece must be typed and a minimum of two pages. Determination: Within one week of audition, the Theatre Area faculty determines students’ placement.

    MAJOR: Performance or Production-Tack.

    Students may request to become a MAJOR their Freshman or Sophomore years only. Others will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

    MINOR: Theatre Minor.

    Students may request to become a MINOR their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year only. Others will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

General Requirements

Students entering the Bachelor Degree program should have some background in theatre whether it be performing, backstage work, writing, or directing. The background of the student helps in determining placement within the program. However, the student’s background is not the only determining factor for admission to the program. Passion, raw talent, and willingness to develop skills also are considered.

All Theatre majors must participate in the productions of the area, as approved by the faculty.

All Theatre concentration majors must attend at least one production by the Shaw Players. In addition, students must attend all outside productions, determined by the faculty.

Each student must participate in departmental seminars, including lectures, recitals, workshops, and master classes.

Performance-track students must audition each semester in a faculty-approved capacity. These performances may be, but are not limited to, student-directed shows, class scenes, main-stage productions, or productions in the community. Production-track students must direct, design, or assist in a faculty-approved capacity, once a year. These may be scenes, productions at Shaw, or in the community.

Yearly Juries

At the end of EVERY semester, all Theatre concentration MAJORS and MINORS must perform a jury before the department.

Advisor help students determine what is needed to perform / produce for each jury.

Pieces CANNOT be from previous juries or class work.

Theatre department faculty will judge juries, based upon preparation, creativity, professionalism and the following guidelines.

This jury will determine students’ ability to continue to participate in the department. Participation is a determining factor in assessing eligibility for scholarships. If a student fails the jury, the department determines the appropriate course of action, within a week of the jury date.


See theatre advisor for academic advisement and appropriate sequence of courses, based on your major and incoming year.