Theatre Requirements

The following new guidelines apply to students who will enter Middlebury in the Fall of 2016 and to any student declaring a Theatre major in the Fall of 2016. Students who entered prior to Fall 2016 and have taken either HARC 0100 or THEA/CRWR 0218 should consult with the Department Chair.

Requirements for the Major: Students must complete a combination of twelve courses (eight core courses and four Theatre electives) and a Crew Requirement (defined below).

Core Courses

ARDV 0116 The Creative Process

THEA 0101 Visual Creativity for the Stage or THEA 0111 Scenic Design I: Beginning or THEA 0113 Lighting Design I: Beginning or THEA 0205 Costume Design I: Beginning 

THEA 0102 Acting I 

THEA 0208 Theatre History 

THEA 0214 Directing I: Beginning 

A THEA dramatic literature course

THEA 0406 Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Performance Aesthetics 

THEA 0700 Senior Independent Project

Joint Majors: Students must complete a combination of eight courses (six core courses and two Theatre electives) and a Crew Requirement (defined below). Joint majors who choose to do their Senior Independent Project in acting or directing may be required to complete an additional course.
     *Students wishing to undertake a joint major in ENAM and Theatre should be advised that senior work will normally consist of two full-credit classes, ENAM 0708 and THEA 0708.  We strongly recommend that these classes be taken in the same semester, with the understanding that a central goal of the joint major is the thorough integration of both aspects of the joint major. A single-credit, single-semester joint project remains an option for those who wish to pursue a joint thesis that does not include a practical component such as acting or directing.

Core Courses

  • ARDV 0116 The Creative Process
  • THEA 0101Visual Creativity for the Stage or THEA 0111 Scenic Design I: Beginning or THEA 0113 Lighting Design I: Beginning or THEA 0205 Costume Design I: Beginning
  • THEA 0102 Acting I
  • THEA 0208 Theatre History
  • THEA 0406 Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Performance Aesthetics
  • THEA 0700 Senior Independent Project

Only one Production Studio course may be counted in fulfillment of the joint major.

Senior Independent Project: Students may pursue independent senior projects in acting, directing, design (set, light, or costume), playwriting, literature, applied theatre, or by combining two or more of the above disciplines. All senior projects will include both experiential and analytical work. Intermediate Independent Projects (THEA 0500) are not required but may be proposed in all disciplines except acting. Please visit Senior work for a guide to Senior Work Course Requirements.

Crew Requirement: The Crew Requirement must be completed by the end of the 5th semester and will normally be satisfied by undertaking a running crew assignment (lights, sound, wardrobe) on a for-credit production. This requirement may also be fulfilled by stage managing or assistant directing a faculty show, or by completing THEA 0119 Fall Production Studio: Design or THEA 0129 Spring Production Studio: Design.

Theatre Minor: Students must complete a combination of six courses (four core courses and two Theatre electives) and a crew requirement.

Core Courses:

  • ARDV 0116 The Creative Process or THEA 0101 Visual Creativity for the Stage
  • THEA 0102 Acting I
  • THEA 0208 Theatre History
  • THEA literature course

Theatre electives: only one Production Studio course may be counted as an elective.

Crew Requirement: The Crew Requirement must be completed by the end of the 5th semester and will normally be satisfied by undertaking a running crew assignment (lights, sound, wardrobe) on a for-credit production. This requirement may also be fulfilled by stage managing a faculty show, or by completing THEA 0119 Fall Production Studio: Designer THEA 0129 Spring Production Studio: Design.

Please note: These requirements apply to any student declaring a Theatre Minor starting fall 2014.

Theatre Minor Prior to Fall 2014

Students who declared a Thea minor prior to fall 2014 must complete a combination of six courses (three core courses and three Theatre electives).

Core Courses:

  • ARDV 0116 The Creative Process or THEA 0101 Visual Creativity for the Stage
  • THEA 0102 Acting I
  • THEA 0208 Theatre History

Theatre electives: only one Production Studio course may be counted as an elective.

Honors: Honors, high honors, or highest honors are awarded to graduating seniors in the Theatre Program based upon their grade point average of 3.8 or better in theatre courses, and overall distinction in the department. Joint majors are only eligible for honors.

Major Requirements Prior to Fall 2016 

Requirements for the Major: Students must complete a combination of twelve courses (eight core courses and four Theatre electives) and a Crew Requirement (defined below).

ARDV 0116 The Creative Process

THEA 0101 Visual Creativity for the Stage or THEA 0111 Scenic Design I: Beginning or THEA 0113 Lighting Design I: Beginning or THEA 0205 Costume Design I: Beginning 

THEA 0102 Acting I 

THEA 0208 Theatre History 

THEA 0214 Directing I: Beginning 

THEA/CRWR 0218 Playwriting I: Beginning or HARC 0100 Monuments and Ideas in Western Art or a THEA literature course

THEA 0406 Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Performance Aesthetics 

THEA 0700 Senior Independent Project

Department of Theatre

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753