The Theatre program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville provides you with focused instruction emphasizing theatre history, literature, theory and criticism, stagecraft, design, directing, and acting. The degree is essential for students pursuing a career in theatre performance, technical theatre or continued study at the graduate level. Theatre majors may also seek Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certification in theatre.

Goals for Graduates

  • Develop and demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and contextual understanding of Theatre history, theory and dramatic literature, as these areas of study form the foundation for all areas of theatre production.
  • Develop and demonstrate competency in theatre production/performance - acting, directing, stage management and design - culminating in a capstone project.
  • Develop and demonstrate competency in critical and analytical thinking skills by effectively communicating and implementing their knowledge of theatre both verbally and in writing.

Bachelor's degree requirements

Total for Graduation: 120 credits
General Education: 44 to 58 credits
Major Studies: 51 credits

Students must complete eight university-level credits in a foreign language.

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and a C or better in all courses within the major studies for graduation.

Theatre emphasis requirements

Required:

  • Theatre 1130 Introduction to Theatre, 3 credits
  • Theatre 1230 Stagecraft, 3 credits
  • Theatre 1340 Introduction to Design, 3 credits
  • Theatre 2730 Beginning Acting, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3130 Play Analysis, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3140 Critical Theory, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4210 Dramatic Literature I, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4330 Directing, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4630 History of Theatre I, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4730 History of Theatre II, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4930 Senior Capstone, 3 credits

Students must complete 6 credits of the following (at least 2 in Practicum II):

  • Theatre 2220 Practicum I, 1 credit
  • Theatre 3450 Practicum II, 1 credit

One of the following:

  • Theatre 3210 Lighting Design, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3240 Costume Design, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3250 Scenic Design, 3 credits

One of the following:

  • Theatre 4220 Dramatic Literature II, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4830 Seminar in Theatre, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4840 Gay and Lesbian Drama, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4850 Multicultural Drama, 3 credits
  • Theatre 4860 Irish Drama, 3 credits

Electives:
Students must complete 6 hours of electives (also includes courses listed above not taken to fulfill a requirement)

  • Theatre 1350 Introduction to Costume Design and Construction, 3 credits
  • Theatre 1930 Voice and Dictation, 3 credits
  • Theatre 2240 Advanced Costume Construction, 3 credits
  • Theatre 2500 Topics in Theatre, 1-3 credits
  • Theatre 2510 Stage Makeup, 3 credits
  • Theatre 2900 Dance for Musical Theatre, 3 credits
  • Theatre 2930 Actor in Musical Theatre, 3 credits
  • Theatre 2950 Movement for Theatre, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3220 Teaching Methods, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3400 Drafting the Design, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3260 Scenic Painting, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3830 Advanced Scene Study, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3900 Intermediate Dance, 3 credits
  • Theatre 3920 Classical Acting, 3 credits

Majors seeking DPI (Department of Public Instruction) certification for teaching are also required to take the following courses:

  • Theatre 3220 Teaching Methods, 3 credits