Theatre (B.A.)

The Mission of FHU Theatre  "Creating a Community of Believer Artists"

The place God calls you is to where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.

Every year FHU Theatre grads prove that it's possible to maintain a vibrant spiritual life while working in the theatre... more

 

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Degree Requirements

FHU offers two degree programs for students interested in pursuing their passion for theatre: Theatre with emphasis in Performance and Theatre with emphasis in Design/Production

B.A. Major in Theatre with Emphasis in Performance                                      126 hours
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Cliff Thompson   
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation  
I. General Education Requirements 34 hours 
Listed in this catalog under Academics:  General Education Display
For Teaching Licensure, Limit III. C. 2. Critical and Creative Works to THE 160 Introduction to Theatre 
 
II. Major Requirements: 39-41 hours     
Theatre Core:  20-22 hours     
THE 161 Theatre Lab: Set                                                                                    
THE 180 Concepts in Theatre Design
THE 266  Technical Theatre Production
THE 365  History of Theatre I (W)
THE 366  History of Theatre II (W)
THE 465  Directing
THE 467  Theatre and the Christian (W)
THE 468A,B,C  Senior Seminar/Project 1-3 
     
Theatre Performance:  7 hours 
MUS 151 Voice I
THE 265  Acting I
THE 362  Lab:  Working in Theatre
THE  Theatre Labs:  2 additional hours
   
Choose three (3) hours from the following courses: 3 hours 
THE 268  Acting II (3) 
THE 285  Acting for the Camera (3) 
THE 377  Period Styles of Acting (3) 
   
Choose nine (9) hours of THE courses (excluding labs and THE 160*) 9 hours     
   
III. Electives (including additional Bible):                                                                    
*Students certifying to teach must take THE 268 Acting II and THE 368 Creative Dramatics for Children. 
51-53 hours  

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Theatre:
1. Completion of the B.A. Major in Theatre as outlined above
2. Required professional education courses (see Department of Education entry)
3. THE160 Introduction to Theatre to meet general education fine arts requirement
4. Must take THE 368 Creative Dramatics for Children
5. Must take THE 268 Acting II

 

B.A. Major in Theatre with an Emphasis in Design/Production                      126 hours 
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Cliff Thompson    
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation   
I.  Liberal Arts Core Requirements  34 hours 
Listed in this catalog under Academics:  General Education Display   
Students may not pursue the Design/Production Emphasis for Teaching Licensure.   
   
II.  Major Requirements:                                                                                         43-45 hours  
Theatre Core:  20-22 hours 
THE 161  Theatre Lab: Set 
THE 180  Concepts in Theatre Design 
THE 266  Technical Theatre Production 
THE 365  History of Theatre I (W) 
THE 366  History of Theatre II (W) 
THE 465  Directing  
THE 467  Theatre and the Christian (W) 
THE 468A,B,C  Senior Seminar/Project  1-3 
     
Theatre Design/Production:    14 hours 
ART 234  Introduction to Creativity 
THE 271  Design Process 
THE 371  Studio I 
THE 372  Studio II 
THE  Theatre Labs:  2 additional hours 
   
Choose nine (9) hours of THE courses (excluding labs and THE 160)  9 hours 

 

III.  Electives (including additional Bible):                                                       47-49 hours









Every year FHU Theatre grads prove that it's possible to maintain a vibrant spiritual life while working in the theatre. They are at work in an industry hungry for Christian compassion and redemption. At FHU, your passion for performing can blossom into a career that entertains and heals.

Theatre programs in liberal arts universities all have much in common. Students enroll in a variety of acting, history, literature, and performance theory classes. In the classroom, students study various areas of theatre design and technology. Almost every theatre program produces plays and musicals. So what makes FHU Theatre different?

The primary difference lies in the exploration of faith and art. Emerging theatre artists learn how their Christian faith strengthens the work and how they can invite God into the rehearsal hall, the scene shop, and the box office. Faith isn't a limitation. It empowers the student artist to speak to a fallen world.

Another importance difference can quickly be seen on the day after a show closes. All theatre majors gather for "debriefing sessions" led by the director of theatre. Students are challenged to think through both the strengths and weaknesses of their work, to learn how to become better artists for future work. The emphasis on theatre production as a learning tool and not an end in itself distinguishes FHU Theatre from programs in many other institutions.

The Freed-Hardeman University Theatre program strives to provide a challenging, creative environment built upon scholarship and practice in which all students may enlarge their artistic potential, and to assemble a community of believer-artists dedicated to impacting their world for Christ.