2005-2007 Academic Catalog
Department Chair: JoAnn Holonbek
Program Option: B.A.
St. Kate’s theater program offers you the opportunity to study theater and film in a liberal arts environment amid the Twin Cities’ arts-rich community, which ranks second only to New York City in theater seats per capita.
St. Kate’s comprehensive program offers a carefully structured curriculum that develops competency in the areas of acting, dramatic theory, directing, theater technology and design, and theater history. As a student in St. Kate’s theater major, you can earn a bachelor of arts degree in theater or dance and theater arts education. If you wish to minor in theater, you can concentrate your studies in performance, film, or history and criticism.
As a theater student, you will take on roles and production responsibilities that give you the opportunity to practice skills and learn the art of theater collaboration, including backstage positions. St. Kate’s small campus makes it possible to have more hands-on experiences than at larger colleges or universities, giving you the opportunity to direct performances, share the stage, write plays, practice teaching and produce recitals.
St. Kate’s theater department is administered jointly by the College of St. Catherine and the University of St. Thomas. Students from both campuses participate in the year-round production of plays, films and videos. Production seasons include four productions per year, including an annual musical production and a balance of classical and modern works, with performances both at St. Kate’s and St. Thomas.
The St. Kate’s theater department comprises permanent and adjunct faculty with a broad range of expertise in acting, improvisation, dramatic, musical and children’s theater, drama theory, theater history, theater technology, lighting and sound design, stagecraft, stage management, costuming, film and film history, and directing for the stage. The faculty’s areas of specialization include women dramatists, playwriting and improvisational comedy.
Faculty encourage all theater majors to assemble a portfolio of their course and production work as they progress through the major, which will provide the basis for a resume as you seek professional work or further education.
Students have many opportunities to perform in the Mother Antonia McHugh Fine Arts Center, one of the Midwest’s premiere professional venues. Theater majors perform in the 300-seat Recital Hall, the Frey Theater and the Foley Theater at St. Thomas, giving them a range of performing venues to practice their craft. The Fine Arts Center houses The O’Shaughnessy, an 1,800-seat performing arts hall, which is the only performing arts venue in the Twin Cities focused on women performers. Each year, more than 100,000 people attend O’Shaughnessy events, which feature dance, music and nationally known speakers.
Internship sites and opportunities to experience first-rate performances and film-making abound in the Twin Cities. Many acclaimed theaters are within a short drive of St. Kate’s, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theater, the Penumbra Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Children’s Theater and the Jungle Theater. Each year the theater department receives notices of various opportunities for students to intern with theaters or performing companies in the Twin Cities. You are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities and can earn academic credit for them.
Many St. Kate’s graduates have established meaningful careers in this competitive field and have had notable success nationally and locally in theater, film and television. Theater majors have gone on to careers as actors and directors as well as medical doctors, teachers and lawyers. Graduates have employment opportunities in acting, directing, stage management, set design and various technical aspects of theater and film. Promotion, advertising and communications offer opportunities as well.
See also: Education – Dance and Theatre Arts with K-12 Teaching Licensure.
Attention, majors: THR 1110 (Introduction to Theater) does NOT count toward a theater major, except by permission of department chair.
Required courses for all majors (CSC and UST):
THR 1050 Stagecraft
THR 2150 Beginning Directing
THR 3150 Advanced Directing
THR 4120 Drama Theory and Criticism
Additional required course for CSC majors:
THR 2210 Theater and Drama: Classical through Renaissance
Two of the following acting courses:
THR 2140 Beginning Acting
THR 2180 Acting for the Camera
THR 3140 Advanced Acting
One of the following theater history courses:
THR 2220 World Theater and Drama: 1700-Present
THR 2230 American Theater and Drama
Two theater electives
In addition to course work, theater majors must participate in at least two mainstage productions and complete a Senior Project.
Theater majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing THR 4120. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 and CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).
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