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BA/BS in Theatre


General Theatre Degree BA / BS

(72 Credit Hours)

TA 165 Production Dynamics (3)
TA 166 Text Analysis and Scene Study (3)
TA 167 Play Reading (3)

TA 244 Tech Theatre—Scenecraft (3)
TA 245 Tech Theatre—Lighting (3)
TA 246 Tech Theatre—Costumes (3)

TA 251 Elements of Acting or TA265 Acting I (3)

TA 253 Production Workshop (6)
            * At least two (2) credits in a technical area

Choose One: (3)
TA 364 Play Direction
TA 334 Stage Management

Choose Four: (12)
TA 381 Greek, Roman and Medieval Theatre
TA 382 Renaissance Theatre
TA 383 European Theatre 1660-1875
TA 384 European Theatre 1875-Present
TA 385 American Theatre
TA 386 International Theatre

TA 353 Advanced Production Workshop (3)

TA 453 Capstone Experience (3)

Choose elective Theatre classes (at least 9 Upper Division) (24)

For the BS in Theatre: Note:  A combined total of twelve (12) credit hours in Mathematics, Computer Science or designated statistics courses is required for this degree. A minimum of one course in Mathematics and one course in Computer Science is required; any remaining required credit hours may be from either discipline or statistics. MTH 105, and CS 101 may not be used to meet any portion of this twelve (12) credit requirement.

*Students must also complete university requirements as outlined in the WOU course catalogue.

Career Opportunities and Student Successes


Graduates of Western's Theatre/Dance program have acted in and designed for such theatres as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Alley Theatre, the South Coast Repertory Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera, the La Jolla Playhouse, and Seattle's ACT. In 1989, Rex Rabold, a long-time Oregon actor and Western graduate, was awarded Western's Distinguished Alumnus Award. David Kay Mickelsen, a Western graduate and professional costumer designs in major regional and Off Broadway theatres. Recently he completed costume designs for the premiere of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at the Minneapolis Children's Theatre. Several graduates contribute their talents to playwriting, directing, choreographing, and designing for productions in and around the state. Other Western theatre and dance graduates have gone on to careers in television, film, arts administration, and teaching in public schools, colleges, and universities.


Western's Theatre maintains regular involvement in national competitive activities and provides opportunities for students to be involved in acting and design competitions. In 1981, 1985 and 1993, Western hosted the annual Northwest Drama Conference and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Three Western students have won regional awards in set design and costume design and have exhibited their work at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and three Western productions have been chosen to perform in The KC/ACTF regional festivals.


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