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THEATRE ARTS.

B.A. Degree in Theatre Arts
B.F.A. in Theatre Arts
Minor in Theatre Arts

Performing Arts Degree in Theatre Arts – Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with Two Concentrations

Earn a degree in the Performing Arts and change the face of American theatre.

Catawba College’s Theatre Arts program seeks to cultivate the growth of well-rounded artist/scholars who are accomplished leaders and theatre-makers who value creativity and collaboration as a way of understanding and connecting with the world. And, we must be getting that mission exactly right because The Princeton Review ranked Catawba College 17th in the nation in 2018 for “Best College Theater.”

Catawba College’s Theatre Arts program has the structure in place to teach its performing arts undergraduates all of the necessary routines in the discipline, but we do not stop there. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts are trained to adapt and be flexible in the face of a rapidly-shifting theatrical landscape.  Catawba’s Theatre Arts majors get work, but that’s not enough.  Theatre Arts faculty in Catawba College’s Shuford School of Performing Arts fully expect our graduates to make the theatre profession a better place for all participants – audience and artists – and to always give back to the community. 


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts

Catawba College undergraduates seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts are welcomed and encouraged to take courses in ALL AREAS of the Theatre in order to best tailor the degree to suit their educational goals and aspirations.  We do not “gate” the Theatre Arts classes offered at Catawba based on degree programs students opt to pursue.

Students who wish to pursue the B.A. degree in Theatre Arts DO NOT need to audition; they simply need to be accepted into the College and express an interest.  However, we highly recommend that students interested in pursuing a performing arts degree and earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts apply through Acceptd in order to qualify for theatre arts scholarships, participate in an on-campus Masterclass Saturdays, and interview with the Catawba College’s Theatre Arts faculty.

 

bachelor of fine arts in Theatre Arts

Catawba College students who want to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Design and Production or Performance are admitted into these BFA degree programs by AUDITION/PORTFOLIO REVIEW ONLY. Students seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in one of these two tracks offered in Theatre Arts program are REQUIRED to apply through Acceptd and attend one of our Masterclass Saturdays on campus.

In the Design and Production track in Catawba College Theatre Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, undergraduates will focus on lighting, costume design, and set and scenic design. These stagecrafters graduate prepared to work in important behind-the-scenes roles in performing arts or to pursue additional education in graduate school.

In the Performance track in Catawba College Theatre Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, undergraduates will focus on all aspects of performance including acting, character development and interaction, and portrayal of characters in a historic and societal context. These performance studies graduates may also opt to pursue coursework in Dance and Music to broaden and strengthen their performance skills.


Minor in Theatre Arts

Catawba College offers a minor in Theatre Arts.


Theatre Arts Program Highlights

Catawba College’s Theatre Arts program graduates not only leave with discipline specific skills that allow them to become working professionals in their specific degree areas; they also abound with those “soft skills” that organizations across disciplines rank as the most desired assets marking “career readiness”: critical (creative) thinking/problem solving, oral and written communication skills, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, professionalism/work ethic, and global/intercultural fluency.

Catawba’s Theatre Arts graduates are marketable precisely because they depart our performing arts program with both the depth of a focused skill set and the breadth that comes from a solid and enduring liberal arts foundations that helps them to connect their passions with the concerns of a greater global community.

Catawba College Theatre Arts Student Acting on Stage
Theatre Arts Scholarships.

Catawba College Theatre Arts Scholarships are available by audition through Acceptd, where students can upload their applications to the Theatre Arts Department along with digital pre-screening material to qualify for one of our on-campus Masterclass Saturdays.

Prospective Theatre Arts majors may also qualify for the Burnet Hobgood Theatre Arts Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship, awarded to the incoming student who best demonstrates the most potential in the Department’s long-established ideal of “Changing the Face of the American Theatre.”  Participation in the Hobgood Scholarship Competition is by invitation only, with preliminary screenings held as part of Catawba’s Masterclass Saturdays.

Catawba Theatre Arts Student Performing at Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury, North Carolina
Theatre Arts Internships.

Catawba’s Theatre Arts majors regularly intern with professional theatre companies like The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the American Shakespeare Center.

Through a unique partnership with Lee Street theatre in Salisbury, North Carolina, CataLST, a semester-long internship, provides unique professional experiences and leadership opportunities in production and performance to exceptional Catawba College Theatre Arts majors.

Catawba College Theatre Arts Students Studying Abroad
Study Abroad in Theatre Arts.

 Many Catawba College Theatre Arts majors study abroad with professional theatre companies and programs. Study abroad opportunities in Theatre Arts have taken Catawba students to the U.K. and Italy and have allowed them to participate in international experiences and artistic residencies in Costa Rica, Greece, Germany, Japan, and Estonia.

Catawba College Theatre Student Constructing a set piece
Undergraduate Research in Theatre Arts.

Each year, Catawba College Theatre Arts majors show their work competitively as performers, designers, playwrights, stage managers, and directors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV Conference.

Theatre Arts majors significantly participate in Catawba College’s Honors Program, engaging in interdisciplinary, provocative and intellectually demanding courses with inspiring faculty.

RELATED BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS

Outcomes

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THEATRE JOBS.

Catawba College students who are Theatre Arts majors are trained to adapt and be flexible in the face of a rapidly-shifting theatrical landscape. This is why theatre companies snatch Catawba College performing arts graduates up in such great numbers. Our graduates work in professions like these:

    • Off-Broadway Actor, Executive Producer and Company member
    • Resident Company Member
    • Executive Director of an Arts Center
    • Playwright
    • Television and Film Actor
    • College Professor
    • Children's Theatre Managing Director
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Catawba College performing arts alumni who have completed Catawba's Theatre Arts bachelor's degree program have gone on to earn graduate degrees at the following schools:

    • University of Southern Mississippi
    • Accademia dell'Arte in partnership with Mississippi University for Women
    • University of Oregon
    • University of Georgia
    • NYU Tisch School of the Arts


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"We are so thankful to Catawba for providing the unique perspective we now have going into this process. We hope to be creating quality theatre for many years to come. "

Carmen Bartlett ’10, BA Theatre Arts, and Robin Tyne ’12, BFA Musical Theatre
Founders of Three Bone Theatre, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Theatre Arts Facilities

Robertson College-
Community Center

Florence Busby
Corriher Theatre

Keppel
Auditorium

Hedrick
Theatre

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PARTICIPATE.

Let your passion for Theatre Arts thrive by participation in The Blue Masque, Catawba College Theatre Arts’ student producing organization. Open to all students, both Theatre Arts majors and non-majors, the Blue Masque hosts a variety of social activities, fundraisers, and service project each year and is one of the oldest and largest clubs on campus.  Through the Blue Masque Alumni Facebook page, the annual Blue Masque Hall of Fame celebration, and the Adopt a Senior program, Catawba’s Theatre Arts majors connect with a vast network of Theatre Arts alumni who are working in all areas of the performing arts both nationally and abroad. Catawba Theatre Arts alumni offer graduating students employment advice, provide locale information, and often serve as a conduit to help performing arts degree grads land an audition or a job interview.

Or aspire to join Catawba’s Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national Theatre Honor Society.  It is an active social and service organization for aspiring Theatre Arts professionals.

Theatre Arts Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth Homan

Dr. Elizabeth Homan, Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts, has been lucky enough to teach everything from theatre history and dramatic literature to acting, directing, period performance, and stage combat since joining the faculty at Catawba College. She is passionate about directing and is interested in (re)visioning the classics and in working on new productions and devised pieces. Her scholarly interests include feminist pedagogy, acting, directing, movement pedagogy, and gender studies.

Dr. Bradley Stephenson

Dr. Bradley Stephenson, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, is a director, actor, and playwright. He has written over 20 plays, and is also a freelance vocal music arranger (www.acasongs.com) with nearly 600 arrangements to his name. A bit of a renaissance man, he holds master’s degree in Divinity and Science Education and taught high school science for five years.  He teaches playwriting, acting, script analysis, theatre history, and courses in Catawba College’s Honors Program.

David Pulliam

Professor of Theatre Arts and Scenic Designer David Pulliam is trained in theatre scene painting, art history, watercolor, sculpture, graphic design, computer graphics and computer-based instruction. His awards and honors include 1st place in the Southeastern Theatre Conference Scene Design competition in two consecutive years. For 10 summers, he has worked with gifted and talented high school students at the North Carolina Governor’s School as the Designer/Technical Director for the Drama Program.

Erin B. Dougherty

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Erin B. Dougherty joined Catawba in 2007 and teaches Costume Design, Costume Construction, Stage Makeup, and Dramatic Literature. She also manages the costume shop and has worked professionally for several regional companies including Glimmerglass Opera Company and Trollwood Performing Arts School. Her production designs include costumes for Anything Goes (Catawba), RENT (Lee Street Theatre), and Death of a Salesman (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) to name a few. While she considers herself a relative theatre generalist, she has a love for costume crafts and millinery.

Christopher D. Zink

Professor of Theatre Arts, Production Manager, Technical Director and Lighting Designer Christopher D. Zink teaches Stagecraft, Stage Lighting, Theatre Sound, Intermediate Stagecraft, and Lighting Design.  He also oversees all Stagecraft labs. He enjoys finding new techniques and methods for scenic construction and stage lighting. He has worked professionally for such companies as The Candlewood Playhouse, The Barter Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre, and also worked on large-scale events ranging from dance to a tractor pull.

Craig Kolkebeck

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Artistic Director of Lee Street theatre Craig Kolkebeck teaches an array of classes – from Beginning Acting for non-majors to Acting for the Camera -- and has served as Fight Coordinator for many productions. At Lee Street theatre, in collaboration with Catawba College Theatre Arts faculty, this SAG/AFTRA/AEA member professional actor and director has developed a fully integrated program offering professional opportunities for Catawba’s performing arts majors.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Theatre Arts
Required Courses for B.A. in Theatre Arts

THEATRE ARTS CORE
(Required of all Theatre Students)

Hours

DA 1101 Foundations in Movement

3

TA 1134 Beginning Acting for Majors

3

TA 1421 Analysis in Dramatic Literature

3

TA 1454 Stagecraft

3

TA 1561 Fundamentals of Theatre Design

3

Total:

15

Requirements for Major (below)

30-45

 

Total:

45-60

 

THEATRE ARTS MAJOR (B.A. Degree)

Hours

The Theatre Arts Major provides study, training, and experience in all areas of the theatre arts for careers in professional, regional, and community theatre, as well as for continued study in theatre and related professions.

Theatre Arts Core

15

TA 2101-2102 Applied Theatre

6

TA 3181 Theatre History I

3

TA 3182 Theatre History II

3

Theatre Technology, from:                
• TA 2551 Intermediate Stagecraft                 
• TA 2552 Costume Construction                 
• TA 2553 Stage Lighting                 
• TA 2554 Sound Production                 
• TA 2555 Scene Painting

3

Theatre Design, from:                 
• TA 3561 Scene Design                 
• TA 3562 Costume Design                 
• TA 3563 Lighting Design

3

Theatre Performance, from:                 
• TA 1537 Audition Techniques                 
• TA 2525 Stage Speech & Movement I                 
• TA 2534 Intermediate Acting

3

Theatre Leadership, from:                 
• TA 2943 Stage Management                 
• TA 3361 Theatre Arts Management                 
• TA 3534 Directing I

3

TA 4100 B.A. Capstone Experience

3

 

Total:

42

Required Courses for B.F.A in Theatre Arts
Required Courses for B.F.A in Theatre Arts

Admission to the B.F.A. majors in Theatre Arts (either Performance or Design and Production specializations) and Musical Theatre are by permission of the department only. Guidelines and procedures for applying are published in the Theatre Arts Handbook and are available from the theatre arts department office.

THEATRE ARTS CORE

 
 

DA 1101 Foundations in Movement

3

TA 1134 Beginning Acting for Majors

3

TA 1421 Analysis in Dramatic Literature

3

TA 1454 Stagecraft

3

TA 1561 Fundamentals of Theatre Design

3


COURSES REQUIRED FOR SPECIALIZATIONS

TA 1522 Decorative Arts and Material Culture

3

*TA 2101-2102 Applied Theatre

6

TA 3534 Directing I

3

TA 3181 Theatre History I

3

TA 3182 Theatre History II

3

TA 3361 Theatre Arts Management

3

TA 4000 B.F.A. Capstone Experience

3

The student will choose ONE of the following specializations:

PERFORMANCE Specialization

TA 1537 Audition Techniques

3

TA 2525 Stage Speech & Movement I

3

TA 2534 Intermediate Acting

3

TA 3531 Period Performance

3

Select from the following - no repeats allowed for credit in major: 
• TA 3525 Stage Speech & Movement II (3) 
• TA 3530 Playing Shakespeare (3) 
• TA 3533 Acting for the Camera (3) 
• TA 3536 Stage Combat (2) 
• TA 3539 Musical Theatre Performance (3) 
• TA 3544 Directing II (3)

5-6


DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
 Specialization

TA 2161 Drawing for the Theatre

2

TA 2552 Costume Construction

3

TA 2553 Stage Lighting

3

TA 2555 Scene Painting

3

Select from the following: 
• TA 2551 Intermediate Stagecraft (3) 
• TA 2554 Sound Production (3) 
• TA 3561 Scene Design (3) 
• TA 3562 Costume Design (3) 
• TA 3563 Lighting Design (3)

9

17-20

 

Total:

56-59

* Students declaring one of the theatre arts majors are expected to gain experience in all areas of production and will register in Applied Theatre for at least the number of hours prescribed by their major.

 

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

DAN 1101 Foundations in Movement

3

TA 1134 Beginning Acting for Majors

3

TA 1421 Styles in Dramatic Literature

3

TA 1454 Stagecraft

3

Electives from Theatre Arts (except TA 1111), 6 hours of which must be at the 2000 level or above

9

Total:

21

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

Theatre Arts Courses

1111 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE ARTS (3 hours)
A survey of selected principles and techniques of the theatre arts.

1134 BEGINNING ACTING FOR MAJORS (3 hours)
Study and practice in the skills involved in stage acting.

1135 BEGINNING ACTING FOR NON-MAJORS (3 hours)
Study and practice in the skills involved in stage and screen acting.

1152 STAGE MAKEUP (1 hour)
Materials and techniques of makeup for the stage.

1421 ANALYSIS OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE (3 hours)
Same as ENG 1421. The characteristics and development of major styles and forms in dramatic literature.

1422 THEATRE TRAVEL: LONDON, NYC, AND BEYOND(1 hour)
Attend theatrical performances in London, New York City, or other cities. Required course fee. Catawba College students only may enroll.

1454 STAGECRAFT (3 hours)
Introduction to scenic technology and design principles with emphasis on the practical application of scenographic techniques.

1522 DECORATIVE ARTS AND MATERIAL CULTURE (3 hours)
A study of the major developments in the decorative and applied arts and material culture from antiquity to the present. Cross-listed as ART 1522.

1537 AUDITION TECHNIQUES (3 hours)
Performance theory and techniques of auditioning for stage, film, television, and musical theatre. Prerequisite: TA 1134.

1561 FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE DESIGN (3 hours)
An introductory study of the theory and practice of design in relation to stage production. Prerequisite: TA1421, 1454.

2101-2102 APPLIED THEATRE (1 hour)
The learning and development of theatre techniques and practices through actual production experience.

2110 JAPANESE MUSICAL THEATRE AND DANCE (3 hours)
Same as MUSIC 2110. A semester-long, study of styles and concepts as practiced in various cultural, political, and social contexts in the music/theatre traditions of Japan.

2115 FILM CRITICISM (3 hours)
Same as CA 2115. A study of the technical aspects of film-making and of the political and artistic role of film in society.

2116 ASIAN CINEMA (3 hours)
Same as CA 2116. A semester-long study of styles and concepts of films as practiced in various cultural, political, and social contexts throughout Asia. Analytical skills will focus on how to read the visual language of the film along with the spoken work (including subtitles). (Offered in alternate years).

2161 DRAWING FOR THEATRE (2 hours)
An introduction to technical and artistic drawing with an emphasis on drafting, sketching and computer-aided design.

2444 PLAYWRITING (3 hours)
Stage practice of procedures and processes necessary for writing a stage play.

2525 STAGE SPEECH AND MOVEMENT I (3 hours)
An intermediate study in the development of onstage characterization and personal development, with an emphasis on application of vocal and physical theories. Prerequisites: TA 1134 and DAN 1101.

2534 INTERMEDIATE ACTING (3 hours)
A practical study of the theories, techniques, and practices observed in contemporary acting. Prerequisite: DAN 1101, TA 1134, TA 1421.

2551 INTERMEDIATE STAGECRAFT (3 hours)
A continued study of stagecraft with emphasis on advanced construction, theatrical drafting, design, painting, lighting, sound, and technical problem-solving, with practice and projects in all areas. Prerequisite: TA 1454.

2552 COSTUME CONSTRUCTION (3 hours)
Techniques of costume construction for the stage through practical laboratory experience. Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: TA 1454.

2553 STAGE LIGHTING (3 hours)
The basic concepts of light, electricity, and color, with emphasis on the practical use of standard stage lighting equipment and controls. Prerequisite: TA 1454, 1561.

2554 SOUND PRODUCTION (3 hours)
A study of the theory and practice of theatre sound with emphasis on the practical use of standard sound equipment and controls.

2555 SCENE PAINTING (3 hours)
A study of the theory and practice of decorative paint with emphasis on the practical use of standard painting techniques and equipment. Prerequisites: TA 1454, 1561. (Offered in alternate years.)

2556 STAGE PROPERTIES (3 hours)
A study of the theory and practice of stage properties with emphasis on visual analysis, period research and properties craftwork.

2601-9 SELECTED TOPICS IN THEATRE ARTS(1-3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of particular interest within the discipline.

2943 STAGE MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
A practical study of the fundamentals of stage managing.

3000 THEATRE ARTS TEACHING METHODS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching theatre in secondary schools Rationale. Pending approval of Theatre Arts Education major. The course is required by the state and will cover materials and issues that can’t be covered in an existing course.

3180 HISTORY OF THE MUSICAL STAGE (3 hours)
A survey of music for the stage including opera, German singspiel and nineteenth century operatic developments, with emphasis on the contributions of the American musical theatre.

3181 THEATRE HISTORY I (3 hours)
European theatre and dramatic literature from ancient Greece through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: TA 1421, ENG 2111, and Junior standing.

3182 THEATER HISTORY II (3 hours)
European theatre and dramatic literature from early nineteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: TA 1421, ENG 2111, and Junior standing.

3361 THEATRE ARTS MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
Astudy of the administration of theatre arts organizations, with an overview of events management, publicizing, marketing, and audience development, and developmental functions.

3525 STAGE SPEECH AND MOVEMENT II (3 hours)
An advanced study in the development of onstage characterization and personal development, with an emphasis on application of vocal and physical theories. Prerequisites: TA 1134, TA 2525, and DAN 1101.

3530 PLAYING SHAKESPEARE (3 hours)
Study and practice of scenes, monologues and sonnets of Shakespeare, with emphasis on Elizabethan movement, manners, customs and the practicalities of analyzing and performing Shakespeare’s language. Prerequisites: DAN 1101, TA 1134, TA1421.

3531 PERIOD PERFORMANCE (3 hours)
Study and practice of theatre performance styles from ancient Greece through Nineteenth-Century Romanticism, excluding Shakespeare. May be taken with acting, directing or design emphasis. Prerequisites: TA 1134, TA 1421, and either TA 1522 or TA 3181.

3533 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA (3 hours)
Adjusting basic techniques for film, television, and commercial industry. Prerequisites:TA 1134, DAN 1101and TA 2534. (Offered in alternate years.)

3534 DIRECTING I (3 hours)
A practical study of the fundamentals of directing. Prerequisite: DAN 1101,TA 1134, TA 1421, TA 1454, TA 1561 (The Theatre Arts Core) and Junior standing.

3536 STAGE COMBAT (2 hours)
A practical study for the performer in basic unarmed and single weapon techniques with a focus on the safe and effective performance of stage violence Prerequisites: TA 1134 or TA 1135 and DAN 1100 or DAN 1101.

3539 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE (3 hours)
A practical study of the special theories, techniques and practices of theatrical performance in musical theatre styles. Prerequisites:  DA1101, TA1134, TA1421.

3544 DIRECTING II (3 hours)
A practical experience in the direction of a one-act play. Prerequisites: DAN1101, TA1134, TA1421 TA1454, TA1561 (The Theatre Arts Core), TA 3534 and Permission of Instructor.

3561 SCENE DESIGN (3 hours)
Theory and practice of scenic design for the stage. Prerequisites: TA 1421, 1454, 1522 and 1561.

3562 COSTUME DESIGN (3 hours)
Theory and practice of costume design for the stage. Prerequisites: TA 1421, 1522 and 1561.

3563 LIGHTING DESIGN (3 hours)
The concepts of stage lighting design with emphasis on accepted professional procedures, script analysis, drafting, and cueing. Prerequisites: TA 15611 and TA 2553.

3950 RECITAL PREPARATION (1 hour)
A practical study to prepare the Musical Theatre major to meet the exit requirement by public performance.

3951 RECITAL (0 hours)
A practical study to prepare the Musical Theatre major to meet the exit requirement by public performance, to include assembling and preparing the materials, making physical arrangements, and other preliminary necessary preparation. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: TA 3950.

4000 B.F.A. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 hours)
Supervised research for B.F.A. students in either the area of musical theatre, theatre arts performance, or theatre design and production, to be conducted in conjunction with a creative project within the student's area of emphasis. Prerequisite: B.F.A. major and Senior standing, or permission of instructor.

4100 B.A. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 hours)
A capstone course for seniors seeking the B. A. in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Education. Prerequisite: B.A. major in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Education and Senior standing.

4101-4109 THEATRE ARTS SEMINAR (3 hours)
Reading, discussion, independent research, and written reports on a topic selected by the department. (e.g., American Theatre History, British Theatre, Trends in Directing, Advanced Playwriting Practices, etc.)

4201-4209 PRACTICUM (1-3 hours)
An application of theory and methods to specific areas of theatre and dance in supervised experience. Prerequisite: permission of Department.

4301-4309 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and approved by the department faculty.

4400 THEATRE ARTS FELLOWSHIP (1-2 hours)
For advanced students who have already received credit for a course or have proven competency in an area who would like to assist the teaching and mentorship of that course under supervision from the course instructor(s). Permission of Instructor and Theatre Arts Chair required. (S-U grading).

4401 INTERNSHIP (1-6 hours)
A supervised application of theory in practice in a functional area related to arts management or other theatre arts area. Approval granted by department and Registrar prior to internship, with tuition charged according to hours.