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Theatre

The Theatre Department at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) focuses on communication, innovation, and collaboration through theatre-making and theatre scholarship. It teaches theatre as a way of changing, exploring, analyzing, reflecting, and impacting society and the people in it. The department’s urban setting provides access to a thriving professional arts community with opportunities to engage with the region’s many cultural groups and institutions through servicelearning, mentoring and internships, fieldwork, and practicum placements. These experiences support students interested in developing as artists, educators, and scholars by actively exploring their role as theatre makers in the creation of community.

Degree Programs

The Theatre Department offers two separate degree majors. These are the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre, with tracks in Acting, Costuming, Stage Management, and Technical Production, and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre, which includes a track in K-12 Theatre Education. Theatre study, in all degree programs within the department, begins with a common core of course experiences designed to provide learning opportunities encouraging participants to engage with theatre as a way of seeing, understanding, and communicating culture.  

General Education. Theatre students must complete the General Education Requirements (GER) in Oral and Written Communication Competency (OWC), Quantitative Literacy Competency (QL), and Foreign Language proficiency requirements prior to enrolling in 310 level or above theatre courses (see four-year plan suggestions below).

Laptop Requirement. Theatre students in all areas are encouraged to have a laptop computer. Theatre Education, Stage Management, and Technical Production students are required to acquire a laptop computer. See Theatre website for more information.

Admission/Retention. To be accepted and continue in good standing within any Theatre degree program, students must meet or exceed all general university requirements, have and maintain a 2.50 GPA overall (with the exception of Theatre Education majors). BA degree majors must then maintain a 2.75 GPA within the major, with the exception of Theatre Education majors, who must maintain a 3.0 in their major. All BFA Theatre majors must maintain a 3.0 in the major after being accepted into their program.

Additionally, all Theatre majors in all programs must pass all Theatre Core courses with a C grade or better. Students will be put on probation or be denied continuation in their program if they receive a D grade or lower in any Theatre Core course.

Theatre Education intended majors must pass the PPST test before being accepted as a major. As per Wisconsin State statutes, all Theatre Education students must also pass the Praxis II Theatre Content test before being allowed to engage in their student teaching fieldwork.

Continuation. Students who are in danger of being dropped or put on probation will receive a written warning. Any Theatre student who is dropped or suspended from his/her program (due to failing/low grades and/or academic misconduct) has the right to an appeal. Any student wishing to appeal must inform the Chair and his/her Area Head of their interest and in writing. Students must then meet with the Chair and the Area Head to discuss their appeal. The appeal may then be forwarded to the Theatre Department Appeals Committee, which consists of three full-time tenure track, indefinite status, or tenured theatre faculty; a faculty member of the student's own choosing, and the Theatre Department Chair. In addition, a Peck School of the Arts Student Services Advisor will be present at the appeals committee meeting as a nonvoting member. Appeals committee findings will be given to the student in writing and in a timely manner.

Capstone. All programs and tracks in undergraduate programs within the Theatre Department require a capstone experience. The Theatre Capstone serves as a laboratory for students and provides a framework for application of developing skills and knowledge. Depending on semester, program, or project, Capstones are executed and evaluated within the following courses:

BA Degree
     THEATRE 410 (Stage Directing)
     THEATRE 465 (Theatre Capstone)
     THEATRE 472 (Performance Workshop Capstone)
     THEATRE 475 (Rehearsal and Performance)
     THEATRE 485 (Elem. Level Student Teaching in Theatre), and
     THEATRE 486 (Secondary Level Student Teaching in Theatre)

BFA Acting Degree
     THEATRE 571 (Acting 6)

BFA Costume Construction, Production, and Stage Management Degree
     THEATRE 675 (Advanced Studio) or
     THEATRE 685 (Internship-Professional Internship)

Capstone evaluations are used to assess student outcomes and program goals. 

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA) IN THEATRE

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre is a 130-credit program providing intensive specialized coursework for students seeking professional training in one of four separate tracks: Acting, Costume Production, Stage Management, or Technical Production. The BFA focuses on uncovering the potential of the individual student in the development of personal performance and/or production practices. Admission to each BFA track is selective and competitive.

The BFA curriculum supports student exploration of theatrical processes. This includes new works as well as the established canon of dramatic literature. The program approaches these in fresh and innovative ways, giving students a wide range of tools to speak to the contemporary moment.

The specialized tracks in the BFA build on the objectives of the department’s core curriculum to develop, within each student, a deepened, strengthened, and developing professional level of competency. Each track of specialization follows an integrated curriculum that is based on an intensive, specialized array of courses. These focused arcs of training endow students with a sense of their own identity as artists and prepare them for advanced graduate study or entry into the profession of theatre practice. Students must continue to show artistic growth and progress and meet academic grade requirements (see above) to continue the program. Progress reviews are conducted each semester. 

  • BFA Acting: The program builds on the objectives of the department’s core curriculum to develop within the student a deepened, strengthened, and professional level of competency in acting and a sense of identity as a performing artist. It prepares students for advanced graduate study in performance or entry into the profession of theatre practice.
  • BFA Costume Production: The program teaches the art and craft of creating costumes for the stage, developing skills that will place students in professional theatre costume shops in the United States or on the path to higher education in costume design and construction.
  • BFA Stage Management: The program develops students’ practical management, communication, and technical theatre skills and techniques to successfully manage rehearsals and performances of theatrical and related entertainment events.
  • BFA Technical Production: The program provides students with education and skills in many technical areas of theatre including scenery production, properties production, lighting and sound. Students will be prepared for careers in the professional theatre shops or continued study at the graduate level.

Application Process. The Theatre BFA is in compliance with all general requirements for undergraduate degrees including the general education, continuation, and laptop program requirements (see above). In addition, admission to each BFA track is selective and competitive based on an audition (Acting) or interview/portfolio review (Costume Production, Stage Management, and Technical Production). Prospective students are encouraged to pre-audition or pre-apply to the Theatre BFA programs during their senior year of high school. Accepted students will gain full admission to their BFA Program on successful completion of their GER core competency requirements. For more information on the application process and to apply online go to: www.uwm.edu/psoa/theatre/bfa

Application to the BFA is encouraged following successful completion of the first-year (Freshman) Theatre Core sequence (see schedule in suggested 4-year plans below).

BFA program applicants must submit the following:

  1. A separate application form;
  2. A statement of purpose;
  3. A current resume;
  4. Copies of high school or appropriate college transcripts (for transfer students). [Unofficial copies are acceptable for departmental purposes.];
  5. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors familiar with the student’s artistic and/or academic abilities. Letters should be submitted in signed and sealed envelopes and will remain confidential and the property of UWM; and
  6. Acting candidates should submit an 8"x10" black & white photo.

Following review of applications, all candidates will be contacted for interviews. Acting candidates will audition as part of their selection process; Costume, Stage Management, and Technical Production candidates will have an opportunity to present portfolio samples of their work/experience.

End-of-Semester-Review Process. BFA Theatre faculty will assess student's academic and artistic growth through individual conferences at the end of each semester. 

Student Evaluation
. All BFA Theatre majors who do not demonstrate a consistent level of artistic and academic improvement and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in their program may not advance, may be placed on probation, and/or dropped from the program. 

Appeal Process
. Any BFA Theatre major who is dropped from the program has the right to appeal. The appeals committee will consist of two full-time tenure track, academic staff, or tenured faculty from the Peck School of the Arts, a faculty member of the student’s own choosing, and the faculty member who oversees the specific degree track. In addition, a Peck School of the Arts Student Services advisor will be present as a nonvoting member. Outcome(s) of the appeal will be given to the student in writing and in a timely manner.

BFA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Total to Graduate

130 credits

 

 

University Core Curriculum

45

Theatre Department Core

32

BFA Track Requirements and Electives

53

Total to Graduate

130

 

 

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

45 cr.

Competencies

 

 

 

Oral and Written Communication Competency – Part A & Part B

 

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Competency – Part A & Part B

 

Foreign Language

 

 

 

General Education Requirements: Credits Outside the Peck School of the Arts

 

 

 

Humanities

6

Natural Sciences (must include one lab)

6

Social Sciences

6

Cultural Diversity course (May be met by any designated 3-credit course approved for GER distribution in the humanities, social sciences, or arts.)

 

Additional Electives

12

 

 

Credits in Peck School of the Arts (outside of Theatre) (3 credits in at least 3 different areas)

12

University Credits (outside of Theatre)

3

 

 

THEATRE DEPARTMENT CORE (All Programs)

 32 cr.

 

 

One of the following:

THEATRE 110

Acting 1

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 101

Acting for Non-Majors

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 260

Storytelling: (Subtitle)

3

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft (with lab)

4

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction (with lab)

4

THEATRE 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

THEATRE 321

The Theatre – Beginning through Realism

3

THEATRE 322

The Theatre – Modern and Contemporary Period

3

   

BFA TRACK REQUIREMENTS

53 cr.

   

ACTING

53 cr.

Required Courses

 

     

THEATRE 224

Theatrical Makeup

3

THEATRE 430

Stage Voice and Speech 1

3

THEATRE 431

Stage Voice and Speech 2

3

THEATRE 440

Physical Performance 1

3

THEATRE 441

Physical Performance 2

3

THEATRE 470

Acting 3

4

THEATRE 471

Acting 4

4

THEATRE 475

Rehearsal and Performance (2-3 cr. As assigned, repeatable.)

6

THEATRE 530

Stage Voice and Speech 3

3

THEATRE 531

Stage Voice and Speech 4

3

THEATRE 540

Physical Performance 3

3

THEATRE 541

Physical Performance 4

3

THEATRE 570

Acting 5

4

THEATRE 571

Acting 6

4

Electives

Electives as discussed with advisor

4

   

Acting: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

130 Credits

     

Year 1

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

6

THEATRE 110

Acting 1

3

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction

4

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

6

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft

4

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 236

Production & Design

3

     

Year 2

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

THEATRE 430

Stage Voice & Speech

3

THEATRE 440

Physical Performance

3

THEATRE 470

Acting 3

4

University Core

General Education Requirements

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 224

Makeup

3

THEATRE 431

Stage Voice & Speech 2

3

THEATRE 441

Physical Performance 2

3

THEATRE 471

Acting 4

4

University Core

General Education Requirements

3

     

Year 3

 

34 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 530

Stage Voice & Speech 3

3

THEATRE 540

Physical Performance 3

3

THEATRE 570

Acting 5

4

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

University Core

Required Elective

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 475

Rehearsal & Performance

2

THEATRE 531

Stage Voice & Speech 4

3

THEATRE 541

Physical Performance 4

3

THEATRE 571

Acting 6

4

University Core

Required Electives

6

     

Year 4

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

THEATRE 321

Theatre History 1

3

THEATRE 475

Rehearsal & Performance

2

University Core

Required Elective

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 322

Theatre History 2

3

THEATRE 475

Rehearsal & Performance

2

University Core

Required Elective

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

Theatre Electives

Degree Electives

4

   

COSTUME PRODUCTION

53 cr.

Required Courses

36 cr.

     

THEATRE 285

Costume Construction 2

3

THEATRE 301

Theatrical Millinery

3

THEATRE 325

Costume History

3

THEATRE 332

Tailoring

3

THEATRE 343

Patternmaking 1

3

THEATRE 354

Draping

3

THEATRE 412

Career Preparation and Development

2

THEATRE 575

Studio (4 cr.; repeated three times during four years)

12

THEATRE 675

Advanced Studio

4

OR

 

 

THEATRE 685

Internship in Professional Theatre

4

   

Select from the Following Electives

17 cr.

     

THEATRE 224

Theatrical Makeup

3

THEATRE 304

Costume Design

3

THEATRE 308

Advanced Makeup

3

THEATRE 315

Advanced Properties Production

3

THEATRE 401

Fabric Painting and Dyeing

3

THEATRE 415

Casting and Molding

3

THEATRE 435

Production Management

3

THEATRE 480

Leadership for Theatre Management

3

THEATRE 699

Independent Study

1-4

   
   

Costume Production: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

130 Credits

Year 1

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction

4

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft

4

THEATRE 285

Costume Construction 2

3

Year 2

 

33 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 110, or 204, or 260

Acting Participatory/Story

3

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

THEATRE 304

Costume Design (required elective)

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 236

Production & Design

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

     

Year 3

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 301

Theatrical Millinery

3

THEATRE 321

Theatre History 1

3

THEATRE 343

Patternmaking

3

THEATRE 354

Draping

3

THEATRE 575

Studio

4

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 322

Theatre History 2

3

THEATRE 325

Costume History

3

THEATRE 332

Tailoring

3

THEATRE 575

Studio

4

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

     

Year 4

 

33 cr.

     

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

THEATRE 412

Career Preparation

3

THEATRE 575

Studio

3

THEATRE 224/315/401

Required Electives

8

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

THEATRE 224/415/435/480

Required Electives

8

THEATRE 675 or 685

Advanced Studio or Internship

4

   
   

STAGE  MANAGEMENT

53 cr.

   

Required Courses

35 cr.

     

THEATRE 215

Properties Production

3

THEATRE 218

Drafting and Design Communication

3

THEATRE 380

Stage Management

3

THEATRE 388

Lighting Production

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 337

Sound Production

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 357

Digital Audio Workstations

3

THEATRE 410

Stage Directing

3

THEATRE 412

Career Preparation

2

THEATRE 475

Rehearsal and Performance (2-3 cr. As assigned, repeatable.)

6

THEATRE 480

Leadership for Theatre Management

3

THEATRE 575

Studio

3

THEATRE 675

Advanced Studio

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 685

Internship in Professional Theatre

3

   

Recommended electives are chosen in consultation with each student’s departmental advisor.

18 cr.


Stage Management: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

130 Credits

     

Year 1

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 110, 204, or 260

Acting Participatory/Story

3

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction

4

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft

4

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

     

Year 2

 

36 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

PSOA Core

Required Electives

6

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 236

Production & Design

3

PSOA Core

Required Electives

6

     

Year 3

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 218

Drafting & Design Communication

3

THEATRE 321

Theatre History 1

3

THEATRE 338

Light Production

3

THEATRE 380

Stage Management

3

THEATRE 475

Rehearsal & Performance

3

THEATRE 412

Career Prep

2

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 215

Properties Production

3

THEATRE 322

Theatre History 2

3

THEATRE 337 or 357

Sound/Digital Production

3

THEATRE 480

Leadership for Theatre Management

3

THEATRE 475

Rehearsal & Performance

3

     

Year 4

 

30 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 410

Stage Directing

3

THEATRE 575

Studio

3

THEATRE 108/231/224/418

Required Electives

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 675

Advanced Studio

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 685

Internship

3

THEATRE 699, etc.

Required Electives

9

   
   

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION

53 cr.

     

Required Courses

 

36 cr.

     

THEATRE 215

Properties Production

3

THEATRE 218

Drafting and Design Communication

3

THEATRE 219

Computer-Aided Drafting for Theatre

3

THEATRE 314

Scenic Production

3

THEATRE 337

Sound Production

3

THEATRE 338

Lighting Production

3

THEATRE 412

Career Preparation and Development

2

THEATRE 575

Studio (4 cr.; repeated three times during four years)

12

THEATRE 675

Advanced Studio

4

OR

 

 

THEATRE 685

Internship in Professional Theatre

4

   

Select from the Following Electives

17 cr.

     

THEATRE 315

Advanced Properties Production

3

THEATRE 318

Scenic Design

3

THEATRE 319

Scenic Painting

3

THEATRE 357

Digital Audio Workstation

3

THEATRE 380

Stage Management

3

THEATRE 401

Fabric Painting and Dyeing

3

THEATRE 415

Casting and Molding

3

THEATRE 418

Lighting Design

3

THEATRE 435

Production Management

3

THEATRE 437

Sound Design

3

THEATRE 480

Leadership for Theatre Management

3

THEATRE 699

Independent Study

1-4

   
   

Technical Production: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

130 Credits

     

Year 1

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 110, 204, or 260

Acting Participatory/Story

3

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction

4

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft

4

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

     

Year 2

 

33 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 236

Production & Design

3

PSOA Core

Required Electives

6

     

Year 3

 

32 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 218

Drafting & Design Communication

3

THEATRE 314

Scenic Production

3

THEATRE 321

Theatre History 1

3

THEATRE 338

Light Production

3

THEATRE 575

Studio

4

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 215

Properties Production

3

THEATRE 219

Computer Drafting

3

THEATRE 322

Theatre History 2

3

THEATRE 337

Sound Production

3

THEATRE 575

Studio

4

     

Year 4

 

33 cr.

   

FALL SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 412

Career Prep

2

THEATRE 575

Studio

4

THEATRE 315/357/401/418

Required Electives

9

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

   

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 675 or 685

Advanced Studio or Internship

4

THEATRE 437/318/415/435/480

Required Electives

8

PSOA Electives

Required Elective

3


BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA) IN THEATRE

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre focuses on communication, innovation, and collaboration through theatre-making and theatre scholarship. It encourages students to experience theatre as a creative endeavor that influences society and the people in it. The program sustains students’ engagement and learning so they may develop as artists, educators, and scholars actively engaged in their role as theatre makers in the creation of community.
 
The BA program is designed to support the breadth of theatre learning through socially responsive, creative, and educative practices. The curriculum focuses on site-specific work, educational theatre, applied, critical, civically engaged, and devised work. The program requires students to engage with theatre in multiple settings, institutions and cultures - the stage, the classroom, and the community at large. The BA in Theatre also supports a professional track area for students seeking a Wisconsin Theatre Teaching license in PK4-12 Theatre.

Program Requirements. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre is a 120-credit program. BA Theatre majors are required to fulfill the department’s core then focus their study on educational and social justice theatre, creative storytelling, and civic engagement through theatre, ethnographic drama, playwriting, and dramaturgical research. For more information please see: www.uwm.edu/psoa/theatre/ba

BA Theatre students execute a capstone production/project as a culminating demonstration of their learning. PK4-12 Theatre Education students complete their capstone experience through student teaching. The BA capstone is overseen by faculty and may include off-site work. All capstones and student teaching are evaluated through a portfolio process. 

Students electing to focus their major in Theatre Education are prepared as future urban Wisconsin Theatre teachers of grades PK4-12. On successful completion of all degree requirements, Theatre Education students are recommended for #325 Theatre licensure in the State of Wisconsin. For more information please see: www.uwm.edu/psoa/theatre/ba/theatre-edu.cfm

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Curriculum. The minimum degree requirement is 120 credits. BA Theatre Degree requirements (excluding the BA Theatre Education Track) are distributed as follows:

BA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Total to Graduate

120 cr.

   

University Core Curriculum

45

Theatre Department Core

32

BA Track Requirements and Electives

43

Total to Graduate

120

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

45 cr.

Competencies

 

   

Oral and Written Communication Competency – Part A & Part B

 

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Competency – Part A & Part B

 

Foreign Language

 

General Education Requirement: Credits Outside the Peck School of the Arts

 

   

Humanities

6

Natural Sciences (must include one lab)

6

Social Sciences

6

Cultural Diversity course (May be met by any designated 3-credit course approved for GER.)
distribution in the humanities, social sciences, or arts

 

Additional Electives

12

Credits in Peck School of the Arts (outside of Theatre) (3 credits in at least 3 different areas)

12

   

University Credits (outside of Theatre)

3

THEATRE DEPARTMENT CORE (All Programs)

 32 cr.

   

One of the following:

 

THEATRE 110

Acting 1

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 101

Acting for Non-majors

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 260

Storytelling: (Subtitle)

3

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft (with lab)

4

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction (with lab)

4

THEATRE 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

THEATRE 305

The Theatrical Experience

3

THEATRE 321

The Theatre – Beginning through Realism

3

THEATRE 322

The Theatre – Modern and Contemporary Period

3

BA THEATRE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

43 cr.

Required Courses

 

25 cr.

     

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre (if not taken previously)

3

THEATRE 260

Storytelling: (Subtitle) (if not taken previously)

3

THEATRE 320

Performing Community

3

THEATRE 410

Stage Directing

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 218

Drafting and Design Communication

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 359

Playwriting

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 304

Costume Design

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 318

Scene Design

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 323

Special Topics in Theatre History: (Subtitle)

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 324

Theatre in the Americas - Latina/o Theatre

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 325

Costume History

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 330

Acting Topics

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 357

Digital Audio Workstation

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 418

Lighting Design

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 437

Sound Design and Technology

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 448

The Creative Classroom: Drama and Arts Learning K-8

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 473

Theatre in Elementary Education

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 474

Theatre in Secondary School

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 465

Theatre Capstone: (Subtitle) (Must take minimum of 2 cr.; may repeat twice.)

2-4

OR

 

 

THEATRE 472

Performance Workshop Capstone (Must take minimum of 2 cr.; may repeat twice.)

2-4

Recommended Electives: Electives are chosen in consultation with the individual student’s departmental advisor.  Students are encouraged to take upper level courses (310 and above) and/or courses in BFA programs (after their degree requirements have been met, with permission from course instructors).

18 cr.

The following BA electives (non-required courses) are offered irregularly as electives in the major:

 

     

THEATRE 108

Introduction to Musical Theatre

3

THEATRE 111

Theatre Games

3

THEATRE 202

Theatre Practicum

2

THEATRE 224

Theatrical Makeup

3

THEATRE 231

Voice and Speech

3

THEATRE 308

Advanced Stage Makeup

3

THEATRE 311

Advanced Theatre Games

3

THEATRE 339

Stage Combat

3

THEATRE 360

Service Learning in Theatre

1

THEATRE 407

Contemporary Theatre Performance

3

THEATRE 432

Advanced Practicum

2

THEATRE 497

Study Abroad in Theatre

1-12

THEATRE 694

Independent Study in Directing

1-4

THEATRE 695

Independent Study - History, Literature, and Criticism

1-6

THEATRE 696

Independent Study - Playwriting

1-6

THEATRE 697

Independent Study - Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences

1-6

BA Theatre: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

120 Credits

Year 1

 

30 cr.

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 110

Acting 1

3

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

Year 2

 

32 cr.

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

University Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 224

Costume Construction

4

THEATRE 236

Production and Design

3

THEATRE 260

Storytelling

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre

3

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft

4

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

Year 3

 

30 cr.

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

PSOA Core

Required Electives

6

THEATRE 218 or 359

Design Communication/Playwriting

3

THEATRE 321

Theatre History 1

3

THEATRE 448 or 475

Theatre Education Methods

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 320

Performing Community

3

THEATRE 322

Theatre History 2

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

BA Degree Elective

Elective

3

University Core

General Elective

3

Year 4

 

28 cr.

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

BA Degree Elective

Electives

6

THEATRE 410

Directing

3

THEATRE 465 or 472

Capstone/Workshop

2

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 304, 318, 323, 324, 325, 330, 357, or 457

BA Required Choice Elective

3

BA Degree Electives

Electives

9

THEATRE 465 or 472

Capstone/Workshop

2

 BA Theatre Education Licensure Program

The Theatre Education Program of study, within the BA Theatre degree program, is a 120-credit degree that prepares future urban theatre teachers for grades PK4-12.

BA THEATRE EDUCATION TRACK REQUIREMENTS

Total to Graduate

120 cr.

   

University Core Curriculum

45

Theatre Department Core

32

Theatre Education Track Requirements and Electives

43

Total to Graduate

120


Admission and Continuation Requirements
. All students admitted to UWM professional education programs (including the Theatre Education track) must take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) required by the Department of Public Instruction of the State of Wisconsin. Students must pass the PPST before acceptance to the licensure program in Theatre. All students must also take and pass the PRAXIS II Theatre Content Test prior to being approved for student teaching. Post-baccalaureate students must pass the PPST and PRAXIS II Theatre Content Test before acceptance to the licensure program in theatre (as per Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction regulations).

Students must have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (within general university courses) and a 3.0 within the major to be admitted to the Theatre Education Program.

Students must have successfully completed the Communication and Foreign Language Competencies (see below) and English/Math proficiency and have at least 58 credits (completed or in progress) before being accepted as a major into the Theatre Education Program. For purposes of advisement, prior to meeting this requirement students are identified as "Theatre Education Intended."

After meeting the above requirements, students submit an official application form and are interviewed by the Director of the Theatre Education Program. The results of this application are then sent to the Peck School of the Arts Student Services Office and students are informed whether they have been accepted into the program.

The application interview includes a discussion of the student’s professional goals and a review of the student’s past theatre work. In the review, students may include materials such as:

  1. A discussion of the student’s professional goals.
  2. A review of the student’s past theatre work. Students may include materials such as:
    • Resume;
    • Transcript;
    • Rehearsal/production diaries;
    • Documentation of directing/performance experience showing representative roles or productions;
    • Practicum/design/production work (photos/renderings/working drawings/samples) in design of costumes, scenery, sound, and lighting, etc.; or
    • Work with learners in urban environments.

Students who are not accepted into the licensure program at the time of their interview may reapply in the following semester.

Communications Requirement. Students interested in pursuing a professional education teaching credential must also take a communications course.  At UWM students may choose either:
COMMUN 101 or 103 (COMMUN 101 is a GER Social Science course; COMMUN 103 is a GER Humanities course).

Human Relations Requirement. The Human Relations Requirement provides prospective teachers with awareness and understanding of intercultural relations within the educational setting. The requirement is met with coursework and classroom experience.

Effective July 1, 1992, and pursuant to 1987 Wisconsin Act 31, a license to teach may not be granted unless “the applicant has received instruction in the study of minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of American Indian tribes and bands located in this state.” Currently, this requirement is met through satisfactory completion and a passing grade in one of the following courses: ETHNIC 203, HIST 263, ANTHRO 213, or ENGLISH 276 (with the special topic "Literature, History, & Sovereignty of Upper Midwest Indians"), or Wisconsin ACT 31 seminar attendance. Questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the student's academic advisor.

Fieldwork and Student Teaching. A passing score on the PRAXIS II Theatre Content Test, a clear criminal background check, and a negative TB test, along with an application of intent are required prior to working in public schools and student teaching.

Teaching Portfolio. The Theatre Education course of study requires that students compile a teaching portfolio that demonstrates teaching proficiency in their area of expertise. Changes in State and Federal Laws may require that students also submit this portfolio along with other artifacts to an external assessment company or organization for further review and/or approval.

Students are responsible for developing a professional portfolio that is developmental in nature, contains evidence of teaching ability, and is evaluated at the beginning, middle, and end of their program. The portfolio should also be available in an online format and will be compiled as a part of their major theatre education methods and field experience requirements. Evidence of teaching proficiency must include:

1.     Record of PPST passing scores;
2.     Transcript demonstrating 2.75 GPA;
3.     Copy of current resume;
4.     Lesson plans written and taught in early field experiences and student teaching;
5.     Examples of student and pupil work in video and/or photo formats;
6.     Statement of teaching and learning philosophy;
7.     Draft of a Professional Development Plan;
8.     Written evaluations and observations from cooperating teachers, university supervising teachers, and methods class instructors;
9.     Self-evaluations and/or teaching journal based upon early field experience teaching and student teaching experiences; and
10.  Evidence of proficiency (or better) in all ten InTASC, UWM, DPI, and AATE teaching standards.

Application for WI #325 Theatre Teacher License: In keeping with DPI requirements, UWM Theatre students must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average within the general university and 3.0 in the major to be approved to apply for a teaching license after graduation.

Following admission to the Theatre Education Program and successful completion of the specified Theatre Education course of studies, a student seeking recommendation for teacher licensure must successfully fulfill the following requirements:

1. Fulfill all degree requirements;
2. Fulfill the Field Experience Requirement;
3. Demonstrate at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
4. Pass all sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST);
5. Pass the Praxis II Theatre Content Exam;
6. Successfully complete student teaching;
7. Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a career in the field of theatre education through the use of an electronic teaching portfolio (see explanation below); and
8. Pass any teacher evaluations/tests required by the State of Wisconsin.

Course Distribution: The course distribution for the Theatre Education Program is as follows:

BA THEATRE EDUCATION TRACK REQUIREMENTS

Total to Graduate

120 cr.

   

University Core Curriculum

45

Theatre Department Core

32

Theatre Education Track Requirements and Electives

43

Total to Graduate

120

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

45 cr.

Competencies

 

   

Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Competency – Part A & Part B

 

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Competency – Part A & Part B

 

Foreign Language

 

General Education Requirement:  Credits Outside the Peck School of the Arts

 

   

Humanities

6

Natural Sciences (must include one lab)

6

Social Sciences

6

Communications 101 or 103 (University General Elective & Required by DPI)

3

Required School of Education Courses

 

     

ED PSY 330

Human Learning and Development

3

One of the following:

 

 

CURRINS 545

Reading in the Content Areas

3

OR

 

 

CURRINS 343

Teaching Reading

3

One of the following:

 

 

EXC EDUC 300

The Exceptional Individual

3

OR

 

 

EXC EDUC 531

Inclusion for Secondary Educators

3

OR

 

 

EXC EDUC 605

Child, Learner, Disabilities

3

Credits in Peck School of the Arts (outside of Theatre) (3 credits in at least 3 different areas)

12

   

University Credits (outside of Theatre)

3

THEATRE DEPARTMENT CORE (All Programs)

32 cr.

     

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 110

Acting

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 101

Acting for Non-majors

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 260

Storytelling: (Subtitle)

3

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft (with lab)

4

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction (with lab)

4

THEATRE 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

THEATRE 305

The Theatrical Experience

3

THEATRE 321

The Theatre – Beginning through Realism

3

THEATRE 322

The Theatre – Modern and Contemporary Period

3

THEATRE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

39 cr.

Required Courses

 

 

     

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre (if not taken previously)

3

THEATRE 260

Storytelling: (Subtitle) (if not taken previously)

3

THEATRE 320

Performing Community

3

THEATRE 410

Stage Directing

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 218

Drafting and Design Communication

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 359

Playwriting

3

Two of the following:

 

 

CURRINS 665

Dramatizing Children’s Literature

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 473

Theatre in Elementary Education

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 448

The Creative Classroom: Drama and Arts Learning K-8

3

THEATRE 474

Theatre in Secondary Education

3

THEATRE 484

Fieldwork in Teaching

3

THEATRE 485

Elementary Student Teaching in Theatre

6

THEATRE 486

Secondary Student Teaching in Theatre

6

Select from the following electives:

4 cr.

     

THEATRE 111

Theatre Games

3

THEATRE 202

Theatre Practicum

3

THEATRE 224

Theatrical Makeup

3

THEATRE 231

Voice and Speech

3

THEATRE 304

Costume Design

3

THEATRE 311

Advanced Theatre Games

3

THEATRE 318

Lighting Design

3

THEATRE 323

Special Topics in Theatre History: (Subtitle)

3

THEATRE 324

Theatre in the Americas

3

THEATRE 325

Costume History

3

THEATRE330

Acting Topics

3

THEATRE 339

Stage Combat

3

THEATRE 357

Digital Audio Workstation

3

THEATRE 418

Lighting Design

3

THEATRE 432

Advanced Practicum

2

THEATRE 437

Sound Design and Technology

3

THEATRE 465

Theatre Capstone: (Subtitle)

2-4

THEATRE 472

Performance Workshop Capstone

2-4

Theatre Education: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

120 Credits

Year 1

 

30 cr.

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 110

Acting 1

3

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

University Core

General Education Requirements

9

THEATRE 260

Storytelling

3

COMMUN 101/103

Required Course for Licensure

3

Year 2

 

32 cr.

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

University Core

Required Elective

3

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction

4

THEATRE 236

Production and Design

3

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

THEATRE 230

Acting 2

3

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft

4

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

THEATRE 218 or 359

Design Communication or Playwriting

3

Year 3

 

32 cr.

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

EXC EDUC 300/531/605

Exceptional Education Course

3

THEATRE 321

Theatre History 1

3

THEATRE 473

Methods 1

3

ED PSY 330

Human Development

3

BA Elective

Elective

2

SPRING SEMESTER

 

     

THEATRE 320

Performing Community

3

THEATRE 322

Theatre History 2

3

THEATRE 474

Methods 2

3

PSOA Core

Required Elective

3

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

Year 4

 

26 cr.

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

     

THEATRE 448

Creative Classroom

3

THEATRE 484

Fieldwork

3

THEATRE 410

Directing

3

CURRINS 545 or 343

Teaching Reading

3

BA Elective

Elective

2

SPRING SEMESTER

 

THEATRE 485

Student Teaching:  Elem

6

THEATRE 486

Student Teaching:  HS

6

Theatre Minor

Students may earn a Theatre Minor, or a Theatre Education Minor leading to a teacher licensure (#325).

Theatre Minor. The Theatre Minor study supports active learning thorough participation in creative, communicative, and innovative processes. It is extremely relevant to other areas of academic study across the university. The Theatre Minor addresses the Essential Learning Outcomes by focusing on creativity and communication skills within the dramatic and theatrical arts. 

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THEATRE MINOR

19 cr.

     

Choose one of the following:

 

THEATRE 110

Acting 1

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 101

Acting for Non-majors

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 260

Storytelling: (Subtitle)

3

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 214

Stagecraft (with lab)

4

OR

 

 

THEATRE 225

Costume Construction

4

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 236

Theatre Production Design

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 275

Performing Arts Management

3

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 321

The Theatre – Beginning through Realism

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 322

The Theatre – Modern and Contemporary Period

3

Theatre Education Minor. The Theatre Department offers a teaching minor leading to a DPI #325 license. This program is open either as an “add-on” license for students pursuing, and accepted into, an education or teaching major in an appropriately related field (e.g., English, Social Studies, MCEA) or teachers who already have a State of Wisconsin teaching license in one of the subjects listed above.

Admission requirements for a Theatre Education minor are the same as those of a major (see Theatre Education admission requirements): Students accepted into the program will be expected to participate in an interview, pass the Praxis I and II Tests prior to admission to the program, their fieldwork, and student teaching (THEATRE 484, 485, and THEATRE 486). Additionally, students evaluated as lacking in theatre content information, skills, or knowledge will be required to take more than the minimum 18 credits listed here; each individual student’s appropriateness, requirements, and their course(s) of study will be determined by the Theatre Education Program Director.

MINIMUM REQUIRED COURSES FOR THEATRE EDUCATION MINOR

45 cr.

Required Theatre Content Courses

21 cr.

     

THEATRE 110

Acting 1

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 204

Participatory Theatre

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 260

Storytelling: (Subtitle)

3

THEATRE 213

Play Analysis

3

THEATRE 236

Theatre Production and Design

3

THEATRE 305

Milwaukee Theatrical Experience

3

THEATRE 321

The Theatre – Beginning through Realism

3

THEATRE 322

The Theatre – Modern and Contemporary Period

3

Required Methods and Practice Courses

24 cr.

     

THEATRE 410

Stage Directing

3

One of the following:

 

 

THEATRE 448

The Creative Classroom

3

OR

 

 

THEATRE 473

Elementary Methods

3

THEATRE 474

Secondary Methods

3

THEATRE 484

Fieldwork

3

THEATRE 485

Student Teaching: Elementary

6

THEATRE 486

Student Teaching: Secondary

6


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