Degrees & Courses


  5 Theatre Degrees to choose from:

Emory & Henry College offers five different bachelors degrees in theatre, which include:

  •  Theatre B.A.  

  •  Acting B.F.A.  

  •  Directing B.F.A.  

  •  Musical Theatre B.F.A.  

  •  Production & Design B.F.A.  

All programs focus on understanding the interdependence of all elements in a theatrical production and the essential connection between theory, literature, and practice. Therefore, theatre students are trained equally in both practical and academic aspects of theatre and are encouraged to participate in all aspects of production in order to become well-rounded theatre artists. Both the General Theatre major and the four specialized tracks combine in-depth academic preparation with extensive production work.

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Theatre Academic Courses Offered

  • THRE 100: INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

    Understanding the theatrical experience through study of the various types, styles, and production processes of the theatre; theatre as public art and its relationship to culture. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 105: INTRODUCTION TO ACTING (OC) (SPEECH 105X)

    Study and practice of the fundamentals of acting through improvisation and exploratory exercises; basic principles of stage performance applied to various professions and non-theatre venues; building of strong presentational and communication skills. Recommended for non-majors. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 109: INTRODUCTION TO DANCE ARTISTRY (AE)

    An introductory survey class of dance as art and cultural practice in our world. This class focuses study on vocabulary, styles, and history of dance, studied through viewings and writing, quizzes, movement studies, and discussion of issues, both current and historical. Three credit hours.
  • THRE 110: STAGECRAFT (QL)

    Introduction to the technical aspects of scenery, costumes, lighting, props, and sound production with emphasis on the tools, terminology, techniques, and safety procedures appropriate to each discipline. Practical application through participation in theatrical production. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 204: STAGE LIGHTING

    Introduction to the technical aspects of stage lighting for theatrical productions with emphasis on the tools, terminology, techniques, creativity and safety procedures appropriate to the discipline. Great attention is paid to the practical application through participation in theatrical production. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 205: ACTING I (OC) (SPEECH 205X)

    Overview of acting styles and methods; development of imagination through improvisation, exercises, and scene work; audition techniques. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines. Prerequisite: Theatre 105 or Theatre major or minor. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 206: ACTING II

    Thorough examination and application of Stanislavski’s system and its descendants. Scene study and character development for contemporary realistic theatre. Rehearsal technique. Prerequisite: 205. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 207: COSTUME CONSTRUCTION

    Introduction to the sewing and technical aspects of costuming and costume construction with emphasis on the tools, terminology, techniques, creativity, fashion and safety procedures appropriate to the discipline with practical application through in class projects and participation in theatrical production. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 208: DRAWING FOR THE THEATRE

    This course teaches students of set, costume, and lighting design the fundamentals of visual communication in a variety of media and techniques. Two semester hours.
  • THRE 216: BALLET (AE)

    An exploration of ballet dance technique evaluating body alignment and execution of ballet steps. Basic knowledge of ballet history. One semester hour. May be repeated for credit.
  • THRE 217: JAZZ (AE)

    An exploration of jazz dance technique evaluating body alignment for jazz dance and execution of jazz steps. One semester hour. May be repeated for credit.
  • THRE 218: TAP (AE)

    An exploration of tap dance technique evaluating rhythmic play, footwork, and terminology as well as historical and cultural impact of tap dance. One semester hour. May be repeated for credit.
  • THRE 218: MUSICAL THEATRE STYLES (AE)

    Overview of a variety of musical theatre shows and learning of choreography in style of production. One semester hour. May be repeated for credit.
  • THRE 233X: INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA (ENGLISH 233)

  • THRE 235: PRINCIPLES OF SINGING – ACTING I

    Investigation and application of the fundamental principles of singing - acting. Students learn to make expressive behavioral choices utilizing their voice, face and body while singing. Song analysis is taught as a tool to identify and produce successful and effective behavioral choicemaking that demonstrates specificity, clarity, emotional truth, variety and intensity in performance. Technique is developed through study in exercises and repertoire. Two semester hours. May be repeated for credit. Pre or corequisite MUSP 216 or 416
  • THRE 236: PRINCIPLES OF SINGING – ACTING II

    Advanced investigation and application of singing acting techniques and methodologies. Students refine their ability to make expressive behavioral choices utilizing their voice, face and body while singing through application in scene work and solo singing. Two semester hours. Pre-requisite 235.
  • THRE 245: VOICE FOR THE STAGE (OC) (SPEECH 245X)

    Advanced study in vocal control; breathing, projection, pronunciation, articulation, dialect, vocal range and pitch; emphasis on speaking classical language; attention to the International Phonetic Alphabet. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 270: SCRIPT ANALYSIS (CT)

    Systems for analyzing scripts which may be employed by directors, actors, and/or designers. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Critical Thinking in the disciplines. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 272: STAGE MANAGEMENT

    This course develops the skills of effective Stage Management and Theatre Administration. Students will master concepts related to time management, leadership and organizational skills as applied to production stage management in the professional theatre arena. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 300: STAGE MOVEMENT

    Basic understanding of elements of physicalization for the stage through practical application; exploration of the body as it reflects the inner life; examination of movement theories. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 301: ADVANCED STAGE MOVEMENT

    Organization of movement expression using essence theory of emotion, intentions, gesture, and physical characterization through movement; period movement and dance; unarmed and armed combat. Prerequisite: 300. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 305: ACTING III

    Examination of major historical periods and genres; focus on classical tragedy and comedy, Shakespeare, Moliere, Brecht, and others. Prerequisites: 206 and 270, or permission of instructor. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 309: FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRICAL DESIGN

    Introduction to theories of theatrical design and their applications. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 310: ADVANCED DESIGN FOR THE THEATRE

    Selected topics in advanced design and technology with emphasis on contemporary skills and techniques. Prerequisite: 309. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 312: DEVISED PERFORMANCE

    Devised Performance is an approach to performance that emphasizes the collaborative creation of scripts for performance. In this course we will focus on the development of key Devised Performance skills such as collaboration, improvisation, writing, and social and civic engagement in a workshop classroom environment. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 314: PRINCIPLES OF PLAY DIRECTING

    Introduction to and analysis of director’s role with emphasis on interpretation, creating stage action, composition, rhythm, picturization, and the coaching of actors. Prerequisite: 270, or permission of instructor. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 315: ADVANCED DIRECTING FOR THE STAGE

    Application of the techniques for directing introduced in 314; includes preparation of a one-act play or excerpt from a full-length play for presentation. Prerequisite: 314. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 316: APPLIED THEATRE

    An introduction to the practice of theatre methods in non-traditional and non-theatrical settings, often with marginalized or underserved populations. The course will cover Applied Theatre techniques which tackle such diverse topics as public health, education, housing, social welfare, and juvenile and criminal justice. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 320: THEATRE HISTORY I (WC)

    Survey of world theatre from its origins to the Restoration; emphasis on major periods, typical plays, important personages, and major architectural and production techniques. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 321: THEATRE HISTORY II (ER)

    Study of world theatre from the Restoration to the present; emphasis on major periods, typical plays, important personages, and major architectural and production techniques. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 322: AMERICAN THEATRE (ER)

    Study of American theatre with emphasis on major periods, typical plays, important personages, and major architectural and production techniques. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts and satisfies the proficiency requirement for Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 325: INTRODUCTION TO PLAYWRITING (ENGLISH 325X)

    Introduction to the major components of writing for the stage; emphasis on dramatic action, character, and dialogue; tools and techniques of playwriting; focus on the imagination and creativity of the student through the development of the one-act play. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 335: MUSICAL THEATRE (AE)

    Survey history of musical theatre; emphasis on practical application of styles, periods, movement, dance, acting, voice, and interpretation; special emphasis on the American musical.This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Artistic Expression. Prerequisite: one of the following: Theatre 105, Theatre 205, Applied Music 216, Applied Music 416, or permission of instructor. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 336: MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY (WC)

    Comprehensive survey of the history of musical theatre from antiquity to present day, and assumptions about its future; an emphasis on major periods, important individuals, noteworthy works, and, artistic, cultural and commercial trends that influenced the art form. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 340: AUDITIONS

    Preparation for professional auditions. Strategies, audition techniques, examination of all aspects of acting as a career, and individualized coaching. One to three semester hours.
  • THRE 350: SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE

    Topics for advanced study in theatre, chosen by the department in response to needs and interests of students. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One to four semester hours.
  • THRE 360X: SHAKESPEARE (ENGLISH 360)

  • THRE 400: SENIOR PROJECT

    Individually designed program of study developed in consultation with faculty in the department. Prerequisite: majors or minors in their senior year; departmental permission. Two semester hours.
  • THRE 402 THEATRE PRACTICUM

    Training in acting, set design, construction, costumes and props, makeup, lighting, house managing, sound performance, and other stage production needs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. One half to three semester hours credit for each practicum, maximum credit of six semester hours per academic year. May be repeated for credit.
  • THRE 405 ACTING IV

    Advanced scene study, rehearsal technique, characterization, styles, and audition preparation. Special attention is given in this course to making the transition into the professional acting world. Prerequisites: 206 and 270, or permission of instructor. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 415: THE BUSINESS OF THEATRE

    Understanding not-for-profit arts organizations and organizational structures; focus on personnel, unions, audience development, fund-raising, artistic mission, volunteer support, and fiscal control. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 460: INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Advanced research in a specific area of theatre under the supervision of a faculty member in the department. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 490 AND 491: HONORS THESIS I AND II

    Independent research in a special topic for honors. Prerequisites: senior status, GPA of 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall, and permission of all members of the department. Three semester hours.
  • THRE 470 AND 471: INTERNSHIP I AND II

    Work experience related to the student’s major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Two to six semester hours. Pass-Fail only.
  • THRE 480: PROFESSIONAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE

    Participation in professional workshops, attendance at Barter productions followed by talk-back sessions with Barter professionals, instructional tours, observation of professional rehearsals and mentoring by Barter professionals. This class is for majors and intended majors only. One semester hour. May be repeated for credit.
  • THRE 490 AND 491: HONORS THESIS I AND II

    Independent research in a special topic for honors. Prerequisites: senior status, GPA of 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall, and permission of all members of the department. Three semester hours.
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