Degree Requirements

Theatre Programs

Undergraduates pursuing the B.A. or B.G.S. may choose from two emphases: Theatre, Culture, and Society or Performance.

Theatre, Culture and Society (TCS) is designed for students interested in learning about the history and meaning of theatre as they study acting, directing or design and participate in University Theatre production. The TCS concentration provides the critical, analytical, and historical education typical of a liberal arts degree while offering a foundation for continued graduate or professional study.

The Performance concentration is for theatre majors who want to prepare themselves for a career as a professional actor. Through small-class studio courses and productions in the University Theatre, our program provides talented performing artists with a solid foundation in acting, movement, voice and speech, improvisation, and musical theatre.

Both the B.A. and B.G.S. require 40 hours. The distinction between the B.G.S. degree and the B.A. degree is found in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements.

Requirements for the B.A. and B.G.S. Major

Theatre, Culture, and Society Emphasis

The following 40 hours are required: (40 hours)

  • THR 101 Theatre Practicum I (1)
  • THR 106 Acting I (3)
  • THR 201 Theatre Practicum II (1)
  • THR 215 Approaching Design (3)
  • THR 308 Script Analysis (3)
  • Choose 2 of the following courses: (4)

  • THR 216 Scenic Production
  • THR 220 Costume Production
  • THR 224 Lighting Production
  • Choose 1 of the following courses: (1)

  • THR 301 Theatre Practicum III
  • THR 401 Stage Management and Assistant Direction
  • Choose 2 of the following courses: (6)

  • THR 525 History of Theatre I
  • THR 526 History of Theatre II
  • THR 528 History of U.S. Theatre and Drama
  • Select 18 hours from the following courses: (18)*

  • THR 209 Play Reading for Performance
  • THR 302 Undergraduate Seminar in: _____
  • THR 304 Study Abroad Topics in: _____
  • THR 312 Acting with an Accent
  • THR 404 Children and Drama
  • THR 429 Postcolonial Theatre and Drama
  • THR 508 Fundamentals of Directing
  • THR 525 History of Theatre (if not taken for core)
  • THR 526 History of Theatre II (if not taken for core)
  • THR 528 History of U.S. Theatre and Drama (if not taken for core)
  • THR 529 Race and the American Theatre
  • THR 603 Theatre for Young Audiences
  • THR 626 Myth and the Dramatist

* Other THR courses (such as special topics) not listed among the electives above are normally eligible as substitutes with advisor’s permission. Up to 3 hours may be taken in a drama, cultural studies, or related course outside the department, with a faculty advisor’s approval.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Performance Emphasis

The following 40 hours are required: (40 hours)

  • THR 101 Theatre Practicum I (1)
  • THR 106 Acting I (3)
  • THR 201 Theatre Practicum II (1)
  • THR 206 Acting II (3)
  • THR 212 Beginning Voice and Speech for Actors (3)
  • THR 213 Movement I: The Acting Instrument (3)
  • THR 215 Approaching Design (3)
  • THR 308 Script Analysis (3)
  • Choose 2 of the following courses: (4)

  • THR 216 Scenic Production
  • THR 220 Costume Production
  • THR 224 Lighting Production
  • Choose 1 of the following courses: (1)

  • THR 301 Theatre Practicum III
  • THR 401 Stage Management and Assistant Direction
  • Choose 2 of the following courses: (6)

  • THR 525 History of Theatre I
  • THR 526 History of Theatre II
  • THR 528 History of U.S. Theatre and Drama
  • Select 9 hours from the following courses: (9)*

  • THR 210 Musical Performance for the Actor I
  • THR 306 Acting III
  • THR 310 Musical Performance for the Actor II
  • THR 312 Acting with an Accent
  • THR 313 Movement II: Physical Characterization
  • THR 401 Stage Management and Assistant Direction (if not taken for core)
  • THR 404 Children and Drama
  • THR 406 Audition Techniques
  • THR 410 Musical Performance for the Actor III
  • THR 506 Acting for the Camera
  • THR 508 Fundamentals of Directing
  • THR 512 A Vocal Approach to the Classics
  • THR 603 Theatre for Young Audiences
  • THR 609 Play Directing

* Other THR courses (such as special topics) not listed among the electives above are normally eligible as substitutes with advisor’s permission.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for theatre.

Contact Info

Department of Theatre

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 356
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3511
kuthr@ku.edu
http://www.theatre.ku.edu/
Mechele Leon, Chair
785-864-3511
mleon@ku.edu

Department of Theatre

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 356
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3511
kuthr@ku.edu
http://www.theatre.ku.edu/
Jeanne Klein, Undergraduate Coordinator
785-864-5576
kleinj@ku.edu

Department of Theatre

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 356
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3511
kuthr@ku.edu
http://www.theatre.ku.edu/
John Gronbeck-Tedesco, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-3511
jgt@ku.edu
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