Bachelor’s Degree in 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 Curriculum49 credit hours
    Theatre Core Courses46-47 credit hours
    Theatre Electives
    13-14 credit hours
    General Electives24-25 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Theatre120 credit hours

     

    Theatre Core Courses
    46-47 credit hours
    Acting (12 credit hours)
    THE 112: Acting I Introduction to Acting3
    THE 212: Acting II Voice and Movement3
    THE 312: Acting III Methods3
    THE 412: Acting IV Audition Techniques3
    Theatre History (9 credit hours)
    THE 385: History of Musical Theatre3
    THE 390: Theatre History3
    THE 391: Contemporary Drama3
    Production (12 credit hours)
    THE 148: Stagecraft and Design I3
    THE 248: Stagecraft and Design II or THE 338: Costume and Makeup or THE 425: Directing3
    THE 101: Theatre Production (1 credit hour each taken (6) times)1 x 6
    Theatre Electives (13-14 credit hours)
    ENG 422: Shakespeare or ENG 425: Women on Stage or THE 315: Classics3
    THE 322: Improvisation or THE 345: Stage Combat3
    Choose 7-8 additional credit hours in THE No more than 2 credits as THE 151: Applied Voice
    No more than 2 credits as THE 171: Applied Piano
    No additional hours permitted as THE 101: Production
    General Electives
    24-25 credit hours
    Must complete 24-25 elective credit hours24-25

     

    Minor

    Minor in Theatre
     18 credit hours
    THE 101: Theatre Production3
    THE 112: Introduction to Acting3
    THE 148: Stagecraft and Design I3
    THE 385: History of Musical Theatre or THE 390: Theatre History or THE 395: Contemporary Drama3
    Eight (8) credit hours of Theatre electives earned in THE or combined with ENG 422: Shakespeare and/or ENG 425: Women onStage8
    No more than 1 credit as THE 151: Applied Voice
    No more than 1 credit as THE 171: Applied Piano
    No more than 1 credit as THE 101: Production
  • 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; 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

    2018-2019 Season

    Main Stage Productions

    • Speech and Debate
    • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
    • Julius Caesar
    • Hair
    • WPU Dance Concert

    SECOND STAGE PRODUCTIONs

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

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    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)

    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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