Theatre

  • Overview

    As a Theatre major, you will develop the tools, skills and connections you need to succeed in graduate school or to hit the ground running with a career in any facet of the industry

    A BA in Theatre from WPU will open doors for you in the world of professional theatre. One of only a handful of degree programs of its kind in the area, WPU’s core curriculum is focused on acting, history and technical theatre. Electives will allow you to pursue specific interests in more depth. For example, B.A. Theatre students may take musical theatre courses by permission of the instructor. All theatre majors will learn the inner workings of a theatre company first-hand through planning and working backstage; BFA majors will also be required to perform onstage. Theatre majors gain valuable “real-world” experience through theatre internships, and our senior trip to New York will allow you to take part in professional auditions. In addition to graduate study or a career in the arts, the skills you will develop through a WPU Theatre degree translate very well to industries such as media, law, education, government and business and nonprofit management.

    Study Theatre at WPU
    Become a confident, marketable, self-assessing creative artist
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

    Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours
    Theatre Core Courses 46-47 credit hours
    General Electives 23-4 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.A. in Theatre 120 credit hours

     

    Theatre Core Courses
    46-47 credit hours
    Acting (12 credit hours)
    THE 112: Acting 1: Intro to Acting 3
    THE 212: Acting 2: Voice and Movement 3
    THE 312: Acting 3: Acting and Script Analysis 3
    THE 412: Acting 4: Audition Techniques 3
    Theatre History (9 credit hours)
    THE 385: History of Musical Theatre 3
    THE 390: Theatre History 3
    THE 391: Contemporary Drama 3
    Production (12 credit hours)
    THE 148: Stagecraft and Design I 3
    THE 248: Stagecraft and Design II or THE 338: Costume and Makeup 3
    THE 101: Production (Cast section or Tech section) 1 x 6
    Other Theatre Courses 6
    Take Two of the Following
    THE 315: Classics 3
    THE 320: Theatre for Young Audiences 3
    THE 325: Marketing & Technology 3
    THE 332: Improvisation 3
    THE 345: Stage Combat 3
    ENG 322: Shakespeare 3
    Theatre Electives (7-8 credit hours)
    Suggested electives:
    THE 151: Applied Voice 1
    THE 167: Dance 1: Ballet 2
    THE 168: Dance 2: Jazz 2
    THE 171: Applied Piano 1
    THE 180: Music Appreciation 3
    THE 225: Arts in Society 3
    THE 295: Special Topics 1-3
    THE 315: Classics 3
    THE 320: Theatre for Young Audiences 3
    THE 325: Business and Technology for the Actor 3
    THE 332: Improvisation 3
    THE 345: Stage Combat 3
    ENG 322: Shakespeare 3
    General Electives
    23-24 credit hours
    Must complete 23-24 elective credit hours 23-24

     

     

    Minor

    Minor in Theatre
     18 credit hours
    THE 101: Theatre Performance 3
    THE 112: Introduction to Acting 3
    THE 148: Stagecraft 3
    THE 390: Theatre History or THE 395: Contemporary Drama 3
    8 credit hours of other Theatre courses 8
  • Faculty
    Matt Hodge, WPU Professor
    ​Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and Theatre
    Amy White, WPU Professor
    ​Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre
    Wade Newhouse, WPU Professor.
    Program Director of Theatre; Associate Professor of English
  • Careers

    William Peace Theatre’s innovative classes train students in the wide array of collaborative skills and knowledge which make up the work of theatre through performances of new works, including adaptations of literature, both by professional playwrights and student writers. Students learn to perform, travel, create works, network and receive technical theatre experience.

    WPU graduates go on to various careers in areas such as costume design, directing, set design, producing, acting and teaching.

    Recent Peace internships include:
    • North Carolina Theatre
    • Theatre in the Park
    • Opera House of Wilmington
    • Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
    • Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy
    • Raleigh’s Village Idiots
    Recent employment:
    • Last Comic Standing
    • Chelsea Lately
    • North Carolina Theatre
    • Theatre in the Park
    • Groundlings
    Recent graduate school acceptances:
    • Harvard University
    • The Juilliard School
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • AMDA
    • UCLA
  • Performances

    2017-2018 Season

    Main Stage Productions

    • An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
    • The Wild Party
    • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
    • Assassins
    • King Lear (Partnership with Honest Pint Theatre Company)
    • WPU Dance Concert

    SECOND STAGE PRODUCTIONs

    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)

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    2016-2017 Season

    MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • Kiss Me, Kate
    • The Laramie Project
    • Noises Off
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    • WPU Dance Concert

    SECOND STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • The Pillowman (Student-Directed Production)
    • Finding Clara (Student-Directed Staged Reading)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals

    2015-2016 Season

    MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • The Music Man
    • The Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
    • Twelfth Night
    • American Idiot
    • WPU Dance Concert

    SECOND STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • Macbeth (Staged Reading for Shakespeare Marathon in partnership with NC Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals

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