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Department of Theatre

1101 Tower Fine Arts Building
(585) 395-2478

Chair and Associate Professor: Francis X. Kuhn ; Professor: Oh-Kon Cho; Associate Professors: William Hullfish, Jr., P. Gibson Ralph, Richard St George; Assistant Professors: Gail Argetsinger, Davida Bloom, Ruth Childs; Professional Staff: Gary T. Musante, Technical Director; Lecturer: Michael Krickmire.

The Department of Theatre is committed to providing its students with theatre training within a liberal arts environment. The department is focused on student learning acquired through classes and productions as its highest priority, and is dedicated to upholding the integrity of theatre as it fosters an artistic environment that nurtures developing theatre artists, scholars and technicians. Theatre education is relevant in many applications and is useful to, and enriching for, people in many different occupations.

The department is committed to sustaining a vital artistic synergy with the surrounding community and the greater society through productions and other theatrical and musical presentations by its students, faculty and guest artists.

At SUNY Brockport, theatre classes and productions are open to any student, whatever his or her major or interest.

Suggested career areas in theatre:

Career Areas
Actor/Actress Drama Therapist Scene Designer
Arts Administrtor Lighting Designer Sound Designer
Business Manager Lighting Technician Stage Manager
Costume Designer Make-up Specialist Teacher
Critic Producer Technical Director
Director Property Specialist Wardrobe Mistress

Two academic programs are available: (1) major in theatre, BA or BS; (2) minor in theatre. The major in theatre is 43 credits: 26 credits in the common required core, three credits in upper division performance, three credits in upper division dramatic literature, 11 credits by advisement in the area of emphasis (three 3-credit courses plus two 1-hour practicum courses)

Number Required Core for all Theatre Majors: Credits
THE 201 Theatre Arts 3
THE 202 Stagecraft 3
THE 221 Acting I 3
THE 239 Introduction to Design 3
THE 307 Fundamentals of Stage Management 1
THE 308 Stage Management Practicum 1
THE 314 History of Theatre I 3
THE 315 History of Theatre II 3
THE 319 Play Analysis 3
THE 401 Research in Theatre 1
THE 402 Senior Project in Theatre 2
Common Core Total: 26
Plus One Upper Division Performance Course:
THE 322 Acting II
THE 323 Acting III
THE 324 Physical Vocal Training
THE 351 Directing
THE 422 Acting IV
THE 426 Improvisational Studio
THE 493 Special Topics in Theatre-Performance
Upper Division Performance Total: 3
Plus One Upper Division Dramatic Literature Course
THE 353 Children's Theatre
THE 410 Contemporary Women Playwrights
THE 492 Speccial Topics in Theatre-Literature
Upper Division Dramatic Literature Total: 3
Plus Emphasis-Specific Courses by Advisement: 11
Total 43
Minor in Theatre
Students are invited to minor in theatre to enhance their knowledge and experience as well as to participate in theatre. A minimum of 18 credits is required.
The following six credits are required courses:
THE 111 (A,F) Introduction to Theatre 3
THE 201 (A,P) Theatre Arts
THE 202 (B) Stagecraft 3
THE 101-107 Practicum (1 credit per semester for 3 semesters)
Total: 6
Plus Minimum of Four Courses in the Area of Concentration 18

Stage Management Requirement
All theatre majors are required to serve as a stage manager or assistant stage manager. This requirement can be fulfilled by stage-managing one of the following productions while enrolled in the required course, THE 308 Theatre Production Management:

  1. Faculty-directed shows
  2. Second-season shows
  3. Special projects (plays or scenes assigned from appropriate directing and/or acting classes)
  4. Senior projects
  5. Mini-tour

Production/Audition Participation Requirement

  1. All theatre majors, minors, and Arts for Children—theatre specialty students must participate in the production program of the department.
  2. All theatre majors, minors, and Arts for Children—theatre specialty students are urged to participate in auditions for faculty-directed productions based on departmental guidelines.

Theatre Courses

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Last Updated 7/21/22