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DISCOVER THE BHSU THEATRE PROGRAM

Encompass Expression and Exploration

Would you enjoy the challenge of acquiring new creative skills and at the same time find satisfaction in putting the skills you have to immediate use? If so, the theatre needs you. Theatre is unique in that it encompasses all of the creative arts, offering you multiple areas of expression and exploration. As a theatre major you will acquire a broad range of skills applicable to many careers. You will graduate with confidence in your ability to creatively solve problems, explain complex concepts, interact collaboratively with colleagues, and speak effectively in public. You will be competent at working under pressure, meeting deadlines, and dealing proficiently with the unexpected.


  • YOU WILL BE PREPARED TO attend graduate school, accept a specialized internship, or enter the job market.
  • OUR FORMER STUDENTS ARE WORKING AS: actors, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights, teachers, arts administrators, marketing directors, event planners and entrepreneurs.
  • A THEATRE DOUBLE MAJOR, MINOR OR CERTIFICATE will enhance the employment perspectives of students in a variety of fields, particularly in Education and Business.

BHSU Alumni

MAUILI DELANEY-Theatre

“Five years ago, I was able to step onto my first Hollywood set with the confidence that I could jump in and effectively handle anything that was thrown at me as a production assistant. Since then I have worked on numerous television series such as: Agents of Shields, Castle, Scandal, The Foster’s, and Shameless. I am currently working as Natalie Portman’s assistant on the film Pale Blue Dot. I am eternally grateful for the invaluable skills I learned in the BHSU Theatre Department which have allowed me to build a successful career in Hollywood.”

MELISSA MASON-Theatre/ENGLISH EDUCATION

“My experience as a theatre student at BH allowed me to develop the skills to acquire multiple jobs before I graduated. These included: television production assistant for The Bachelor and the Travel Channel, stage work for concert venues and Event Supervisor for the Legendary Buffalo Chip. Following graduation, I was offered my current position at Thunder Basin High School in Wyoming where I teach Acting, Technical Theatre, Design, and English. I am also the Drama Club Sponsor and Theatre Director.”

Melissa Boring-Theatre

“My time at BHSU broadened my skill-sets in every aspect of theatre, from acting and directing to building, painting, and design. In the world of theatre production, the more you can do, the more valuable you are to a team, and the broader your appreciation for the collaborative nature of the craft. It was through my background in set design and makeup that I worked on a film that was a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and for the Golden Camera at Cannes. This in turn has led me to work on another film with this director/writer, who has since won several other awards and is considered one of the brightest young directors in Hollywood. Building upon the education I received at BHSU, I am about to finish my Masters in Theatre, and have been praised for the knowledge and mastery I already had going into the program.”

Theatre Course Requirements

Theatre Major

Major in Communication Studies - Theatre Emphasis - 36 semester hours

  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre (gen ed)
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting (gen ed)
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 243 Makeup
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing
  • 3 THEA 361 Literature and History of Theatre I
  • 3 THEA 364 Literature and History of Theatre II
  • 3 THEA 450 Senior Capstone Project
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum
  • 6 Electives in THEA, SPCM or MCOM

Gen Ed Requirements - 34 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 6 * Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 * Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Theatre - Teaching Major

Major in Communication Studies - Teaching Theatre Emphasis - 36 hours

  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods
  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation & Debate
  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre (gen ed)
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting (gen ed)
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 243 Makeup
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing
  • 3 THEA 361 Literature and History of the Theatre I
  • 3 THEA 364 Literature and History of the Theatre II
  • 3 THEA 450 Senior Capstone Project
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 100 - Intro to persons with Exceptionalities

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • 3 EDFN 375 - Methods of Technology Integration
  • 3 EDFN 440 - Classroom Management
  • 2 MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • 3 SEED 408 Plan, Manage, & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • 9 SEED 488 7-12 7-12 Student Teaching

Gen Ed Requirements - 37 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 2 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 6 * Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6-9 * Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

Minors

Minor in Communication Studies - Emphasis in Theatre

  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to acting
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum
  • 3 THEA 300/400 level elective

Minor in Communication Studies - Emphasis in Theatre - Teaching

  • 3 SPCM 222 Argumentation and Debate
  • 3 THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre
  • 3 THEA 131 Introduction to Acting
  • 3 THEA 241 Stagecraft
  • 3 THEA 243 Makeup
  • 3 THEA 344 Fundamentals of Design
  • 3 THEA 351 Directing
  • 3 THEA 495 Practicum
  • 3 SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods

Certificate

  • THEA 131 - Introduction to Acting - 3 semester hours
  • THEA 241 - Stagecraft - 3 semester hours
  • THEA 344 - Fundamentals of Design - 3 semester hours
  • THEA 351 - Directing - 3 semester hours

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Employment opportunities include:
» Acting
» Playwriting
» Directing
» Stage Management
» Set, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Design
» Company Manager
» Dramaturgy/Literary Management
» Theater Education
» Drama Therapy
» Arts Administrator
» ...and many other theatrical fields

Get Involved

Theatre Society

Theatre Society is a BHSU organization which is open to anyone with an interest in the theatre. We also hold open auditions for our productions and are always looking for people with an interest in the theatre. You DO NOT have to be a theater major to be in our shows! We will find a job for anyone who is willing to work. We also offer backstage work for those who don’t want to be on stage!

Props & Liners

Props and Liners is the oldest student organization at BHSU. Beginning in 1921, this organization is a Theatre Honorary Fraternity. Students must meet set upon requirements within the department before being invited to join the group.

Internship Opportunities

We currently offer internships for the BHSU Summer Stage Program. Students are also encouraged to look outside the department for internship opportunities. We offer assistance and support whenever possible.

CASEY HIBBERT
THEATRE

“I have been working continuously in theatre and film since graduating in 2009. I’ve been fortunate to appear in national commercials, national voice overs and many student films. I perform in approximately five stage productions a year and am co-owner of Delirio del-‘Arte a circus performing arts company. I was lucky to be a part of a theatre program that prepared me for everything about the theatre world.”

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