Theatre

Adam Hester, Chair    
ACU Box 27843
Abilene, Texas 79699-7843
Williams Performing Arts Center, Room 123

Phone: 325-674-4892
Fax: 325-674-6887
Email: theatre@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/theatre

Faculty
Dawne Meeks, Associate Professor
Sandy Freeman, Associate Professor
Kari Hatfield, Assistant Professor
Adam Hester, Professor
Gary Varner, Professor

Majors: Theatre (BFA)

Minor:
 Theatre

The Department of Theatre offers six areas of concentration within the Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre: Acting, Directing, Musical Theatre, Design/Technical, Theatre Ministry and Educational Theatre. The department works with the Department of Teacher Education to offer teacher certification within the theatre education track. A minor in theatre may be added to other majors. 

Introduction
The Abilene Christian University Department of Theatre is committed to providing quality training and opportunity for the disciplined theatre artist in a nurturing environment that models Christian values.

The Department of Theatre accepts up to 12 freshmen each year through interviews. In addition, actors are required to audition while designers/technicians present their portfolios. Transfers or current students wishing to change to a major in theatre must also audition/interview. Those students are accepted as space becomes available. A three-year commitment is generally required from transfer students. The department has capped the number of majors in the program. The freshman year is considered a probationary year. Students are evaluated at the end of the year and must complete barriers to continue in the major. Contact the department directly for audition/interview dates.

This ACU program is highly competitive with larger universities because it offers its students greater opportunities in securing a wide variety of roles or design opportunities resulting in an impressive résumé upon graduation. Emphasis is placed on the Christian viewpoint as it relates to contemporary theatre. ACU Theatre graduates compete well in national auditions for graduate schools and professional theatres.

The curriculum is geared for a well-rounded theatre education with hands-on experience in all phases of backstage work, multiple performance opportunities, small classes and one on one mentoring faculty.  The department brings in agents from New York to view the senior showcase each year, and students in the performance tracks are encouraged to spend their final semester studying with Broadway professionals at the Tepper Semester in NYC.  In addition, casting agents and directors from regional theatres audition ACU Theatre students throughout the year and hold workshops in various techniques.

Students may focus in the following tracks: acting, directing, musical theatre, design/technical, educational theatre or theatre ministry. The technical curriculum provides hands-on experience in all phases of backstage work. The practicum program offers a well-rounded knowledge of theatre crafts.

The ACU Theatre makes use of several performance spaces. The Williams Performing Arts Center (WPAC) employs state-of-the-art equipment in lighting, sound and staging. The WPAC has two performance areas: the Fulks Theatre, a 300-seat thrust theatre, and the Culp Theatre, an intimate multi-form space. The ACU Theatre also produces large-scale musicals in the Abilene Civic Center, a 2200-seat proscenium theatre. The Abilene Shakespeare Festival is produced each summer through the Department of Theatre.

Departmental guidelines, expectations and barriers are listed in the ACU Theatre Online Student Handbook.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad Program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to this program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog and complete an audition and interview.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA)

The BFA is a studio-intense course of study designed for students with a strong commitment to a professional career as actors, designers, directors, teachers, or in theatre ministry. The student will be admitted to a major concentration from the following tracks: acting, design and technical theatre, directing, musical theatre, educational theatre, or theatre ministry. Those who are admitted to the BFA degree plan are expected to exhibit a high level of competence and motivation. Professional employment or graduate study should be a part of the future plans of the student pursuing a career in theatre. Students in the educational theatre track will be certified to teach upon graduation.

THEATRE DEGREE AND TRACKS   

Majors in theatre may concentrate in one of six program tracks. The following schedules include only required theatre or theatre-related courses. All majors (except those in the design/tech track) are required to audition for the season during the academic year.  All majors complete seven practicum units of crew work cycling students through various crew responsibilities.

 

 

BFA: THEATRE DEGREE PLAN (THEA)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Theatre Core

    THEA 101 The Transforming Artist: Orientation

    THEA 137 Theatre Workshop: Technical (7 units)  

    THEA 220 Introduction to Theatre 

    THEA 226 Beginning Acting  

    THEA 227 Introduction to Technical Theatre    

    THEA 230 Fashion History   

    THEA 454 Beginning Directing  

    THEA 469 Stage Makeup  

    THEA 480 Arts and Culture: A Christian Aesthetic (capstone course) 

    THEA 495 History of Theatre I (writing-intensive course)   

    THEA 496 History of Theatre II  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

1

7

(3)1

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

32

TRACK REQUIREMENTS  

Acting (THAC)    

    THEA 320 Voice and Diction for the Stage   

    THEA 321 Movement for the Stage   

    THEA 325 Intermediate Acting  

    THEA 327 Improvisational Acting  

    THEA 350 Acting in Period Styles   

    THEA 353 Stanislavski/Method Acting  

    THEA 455 Advanced Acting   

    THEA 456 Auditioning  

    Voice: MPVN 211/411 or THEA 211/411 

Total  

Design/Technical (THDT)   

    THEA 330 Theatre Management  

    THEA 332 Costume Design  

    THEA 466 Scene Design  

    THEA 467 Theatre Lighting  

    Art History (221, 222, 323, 324

    Choose from: ART, DSGN, THEA 331 or spec. topic/guided study THEA 

Total  

Directing (THDI)   

    THEA 320 Voice and Diction for the Stage  

    THEA 321 Movement for the Stage  

    THEA 325 Intermediate Acting  

    THEA 330 Theatre Management 

    THEA 353 Stanislavski/Method Acting  

    THEA 457 Playwriting  

    THEA 460 Musical Theatre Directing Workshop  

    THEA 467 Theatre Lighting   

    THEA 470 Advanced Directing  

Total  

Musical Theatre (THMT)   

    THEA 221, 222, 223, 224, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425 Dance 
   (Choose 6, two may  be used for
PEAC credit and two may be used for General 
         Education elective)  

    THEA 320 Voice and Diction for the Stage    

    THEA 321 Movement for the Stage  

    THEA 325 Intermediate Acting  

    THEA 327 Improvisational Acting  

    THEA 350 Acting in Period Styles or

         THEA 455 Advanced Acting  

    THEA 353 Stanislavski/Method Acting   

    THEA 360 Musical Theatre Directing Workshop  

    THEA 456 Auditioning  

    MUST 111 Elementary Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training  

    MUST 120 Music Fundamentals   

    Voice: MPVN 211/411 or THEA 211/411 

Total  

Theatre Ministry (THMN)   

    THEA 320 Voice and Diction for the Stage  

    THEA 325 Intermediate Acting  

    THEA 327 Improvisational Acting  

    THEA 330 Theatre Management  

    THEA 457 Playwriting  

    THEA 461 Children’s Theatre 

    THEA 467 Theatre Lighting  

    THEA 470 Advanced Directing  

    6 hours of Philosophy or advanced Bible courses 

Total 

Theatre for Teacher Certification (THED) (minimum GPA 2.75)      

    THEA 320 Voice and Diction for the Stage  

    THEA 325 Intermediate Acting 

    THEA 327 Improvisational Acting  

    THEA 461 Children’s Theatre 

    THEA 463 Educational Theatre 

    THEA 467 Theatre Lighting 

    THEA 460 Musical Theatre Directing Workshop or

         THEA 470 Advanced Directing 

 Professional Education Requirements

    EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives (also satisfies 
          Cultural Awareness/Foreign Language)

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology (also satisfies Social Science requirement)

    EDUC 411/431 Elementary Curriculum and Media & Elementary 
          Management and Methods (capstone courses) or EDUC
412/432 Secondary 
         Curriculum and Media & Secondary Management and Methods (capstone  
         courses)

   EDUC 476 Effective Strategies for English Language Learners (2 hours satisfy 
         General Education elective)

   EDUC 490 Student Teaching (capstone course)

   SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs  

Total  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

26

 

3

3

3

3

3

9

24

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

27

 

 2/(4)1

 

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

1

2

4

33

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

6

30

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

   

(3)1


(3)1

6
 


1/(2)1


6

3

37

ELECTIVES  

Areas of Emphasis

    Acting  

    Design/Technical   

    Directing   

    Musical Theatre  

    Teacher Certification 

    Theatre Ministry  

 

14

16

13

7

3

10

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

56-68

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

 

In accordance with Texas state law, students must meet the admission criteria described in the Teacher Education section.

 

 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in major (all THEA courses are included)  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum GPA in major in Education Theatre Track  

Minimum GPA for Education Theatre Track  

Minimum advanced hours   

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

2.50

2.50

2.75

2.75

>33

>128

 

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Minor in Theatre      

MINOR: THEATRE (THEA)  

THEA 137 Theatre Workshop: Technical (3 units)  

THEA 220 Introduction to Theatre  

THEA 226 Beginning Acting or

    THEA 227 Introduction to Technical Theatre  

THEA 300-499  

TOTAL  

3

3

 

3

9

18

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Theatre 
include those with the following designation: THEA.  

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