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Undergraduate: Theatre Arts
Theatre Arts (THR)
Theatre arts is traditionally the study of the dramatic event typified by productions associated with the New York stage, whether it be Broadway or Off-Broadway. In recent years, however, the concept of theatre has expanded to include performances from around the world, extending from the most sacred rituals to the most profane performance art. What was once the study of the live actor before a live audience now requires an investigation into the impact of technology and media on the practice of theatre. This exciting and expanding discipline defines the Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook, where students can study acting, design, and directing; immerse themselves in playwriting and media; and explore interactive computing technologies as a tool of study and a means of personal expression.
The objective of study in Theatre Arts is to provide students with the opportunity to explore a range of forms of self-expression. Students are introduced to the practical tools necessary to communicate effectively through the theatre, the media, and technology. In addition, they investigate the historical and theoretical basis on which these art forms are based, giving them a strong foundation on which to pursue the many opportunities available to a student graduating with a minor in Theatre Arts.
Students who graduate with a minor in Theatre Arts may pursue theatre-related careers, go on to further study, or enter other professions such as law, business, publishing, advertising, communications, computer graphics, and public relations.
Degrees and Requirements
Requirements for the Minor in Theatre Arts (THR)
The minor in Theatre Arts provides the student with the opportunity to explore several aspects of the dramatic arts. The course of study should lead the student to an understanding of the necessary next steps should his or her interest be sharpened by the experience.
All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. At least 12 of the credits must be taken at Stony Brook.
Completion of the minor requires a minimum of 18-19 credits.
A. Foundation Courses (6-7 credits)
- THR 101 Introduction to Theatre
- One of the following courses:
DAN 165 Contemporary Dance I
- THR 100 Performing & Performance
- THR 103 Introduction to Theatre Design
- THR 104 Play Analysis
- THR 105 Acting I
THR 107 The Broadway Musical
- THR 115 Stagecraft
- THR 201 Theatre History I
- THR 214 Theatre in New York
- THR 216 Introduction to Visual Interpretation
B. Upper-Division Electives (9 credits)
Nine (9) upper-division credits to be chosen from courses in theatre. Three (3) of those nine (9) credits may be chosen from theatre-related courses in other departments, such as but not limited to Art, Classics, Creative Writing, English, Liberal Arts, Media Arts, Music, or Women’s and Gender Studies, with the approval of the Theatre Arts Department and host program. Elective courses may include:
- DAN 365 Contemporary Dance II
- DAN 368 Dance Improvisation
- DAN 400 Performance Dance Ensemble
- DAN 465 Contemporary Dance Theatre & Repertory
- EGL 303 Documentary Theatre
- EGL 345 Shakespeare I
- EGL 346 Shakespeare II
- EGL 362 Drama in English
- THR 312 American Theatre & Drama
- THR 315 Topics in Theatre History & Theory: Classical Age
- THR 316 Topics in Theatre History & Theory: Modern Era
- THR/EGL 325 Screenwriting
- THR 326/EGL 387 Playwriting
- THR/ARH 334 Performance Art I
- THR/ARH 344 Performance Art II
- THR 337 Advanced Technical Theatre
- THR 351 Special Topics in Performance
- THR 354 Topics in Theatre
- THR 355 Media and Production Design
- THR 403 Media: Theory and Criticism
C. Capstone Course (3 credits)*
Choose one (1) of the following:
- THR 487 Independent Research
- THR 488 Internship (Staller Center)
- THR 447 Readings in Theatre Arts
- THR 484 Projects in Theatre
*Variable credit courses must be taken for a minimum of 3 credits to count toward the Capstone Course requirement.