THEATRE 110. Introduction to Theatre Arts. 3 Credits.
The literature, elements, and artists in theatre from a process-oriented historical perspective. Includes research prior to performances, attendance at theatre performances, artist interviews and writing of performance responses.
Fall and Spring.
(Bachelor of Arts) Students pursuing the bachelor’s degree in Theatre will choose one of four areas of emphasis: Performance Design/Technical Theatre Musical Theatre Theatre Studies Each emphasis provides a rigorous artistic/academic environment for the study and production of all forms of theatre. Techniques learned in the classroom are applied in production work giving students an abundance of practical experience. Each year a combination of classic, modern, experimental, musical theatre and dance pieces are selected to give students a diverse background in dramatic literature and styles. The interdisciplinary focus of the University is an ideal setting for the highly collaborative study and practice of theatre. Many of our productions involve collaborations with University academic programs and student or community organizations. Theatre faculty members at UW-Green Bay believe that the best way to learn theatre is to create theatre. Students are encouraged to participate in the five mainstage (faculty or guest artist directed and designed) productions each year. Studio (student directed and designed) productions provide additional opportunities for involvement. University Theatre production work is open to all students and practicum credit is available for work on mainstage productions. The Theatre program is an active participant in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festiva l, a national organization in support of excellence in university theatre. Our facilities in Theatre Hall include the 450-seat proscenium University Theatre, Theatre 110 - Experimental Theatre & design studio, acting and dance studios with new sprung floor, a CADD & Sound Design lab with Plotter and well equipped scene and costume shops. Two of our Mainstage Productions each year are performed in our 100-seat Jean Weidner Theatre at The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. We also produce occasional musicals or children’s shows in the 2,000-seat Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. Students receive quality training from working professionals enhanced by guest artists, master classes, and a biannual travel course to Broadway. Alternate Theatre, the student theatre organization, sponsors trips to regional theatres, and on-campus or local seminars and workshops. Additionally we offer many Theatre and Dance student scholarships each year for our students. UW-Green Bay Theatre graduates typically pursue internships and jobs in the entertainment industry. Students are encouraged to pursue such opportunities in the summers before graduation and advanced course work in audition and portfolio prepares them for the competitive challenges ahead. UW-Green Bay Theatre & Dance Mission The UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance program is a community of professional artists, educators and students that provides professional training in the related performing arts of Theatre, Dance and Design in the context of a broad, liberal arts education. Our program offers high impact learning practices that cultivate creativity, critical thinking, communication skills, and collaboration within and outside the program and delivers a rigorous academic and problem focused environment that seeks to produce work that challenges the mind, engages the heart and delights the senses . Core Values Collaboration Working together, we value the contribution of the individual to the collective vision of the team and strive for a cooperative and collegial realization of our artistic goals. Professional Practice We seek excellence in all our endeavors, training students to take their place as professionals. Faculty strives to remain up to date on current technologies and practices. Community We work to create engaging partnerships with our community, providing support and exchanging ideas as well as information, with our colleagues, our audience and the world at large. Students are taught to see the value of becoming engaged members of their community. Diversity We recognize that everyone has a unique point of view and we embrace the differences that enhance our society and our work. Discovery As an art form, theatre seeks to explore and comprehend the human condition. We encourage and support creativity, curiosity, intellectual and aesthetic development, invention and innovation in the pursuit of understanding. Academic and Creative Freedom We believe that freedom of inquiry is essential to academic and creative pursuits and our program supports intellectual and creative activities without restriction. Student Opportunities In all areas of emphasis, we strive to provide all students with opportunities to experience live theatre and to put classroom learning into practical application. Objectives The application of theory to professional practice is one of the main goals of the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Program. Graduates of our program apply their training to careers in the world of live performance, entertainment technology, film, television, and other media as well as education, arts management, scholarship and are leaders in other fields. Some examples where you can find UW Green Bay Theatre and Dance graduates - Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, 5 th Avenue Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Alley Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre, Dreamworks, Broadway and National and International tours, Lighting and Sound and Film and Television industry, and professional improvisation (Fameless) and production work, and University Faculty positions around the country. UW Green Bay Theatre and Dance graduates are well prepared for their professional futures.