BFA Theatre Emphasis in Theatre Studies

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  • Theatre Studies is an excellent BFA program offering broad training in many Theatre disciplines, including performance, design, production, history, literature and criticism. It is ideal for students who are interested in Theatre careers such as Directing, Playwriting, Stage Managing, Dramaturgy and Literary Management, Theatre Administration, and Teaching.

    "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"

    The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (2012)

  • Beyond admission to the university through the TCU Admission Office, a portfolio review and/or an audition, along with an interview, are required for entrance into the BFA Theatre Studies emphasis. A prospective Theatre Studies student may choose to perform one audition monologue, or present a portfolio for review, or both. A sample of academic writing is also useful in the selection process. The specific elements of a Theatre Studies audition are left up to the student, but we are happy to be consulted in advance and give advice.
  • BFA Theatre Studies auditions/portfolio reviews/interviews are held in early December, January and February. In addition, Theatre TCU participates in the National Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, drawing a student body from around the nation.
  • Each BFA student will have a yearly Jury with Theatre faculty, but no cuts are made; rather, the jury is a time to assess growth and create a plan for further development.
  • BFA Theatre Studies students have a broad curriculum composing all areas of theatre. Most Theatre classes are composed of an average of 12 students. Theatre Studies students may identify one specific area in which they would like to informally focus (Directing, Stage Management, Playwriting, etc.), however many of them have eclectic interests.
  • BFA Theatre Studies students have the opportunity to work in a variety of ways on Main Stage and Studio Theatre productions during their years at TCU. Theatre Studies students have been successful as actors, directors, playwrights, stage managers, designers, and production crew members. Because we have no graduate program in Theatre, all casts and student production staffs are undergraduates.

    "How I Learned to Drive"

    How I Learned to Drive (2013)

  • Theatre TCU has three completely different theatre venues (proscenium, thrust, black box) in the same building, affording diverse production experiences for our theatre students.
  • All BFA Theatre majors are required to serve on a production crew each semester, rotating between a variety of assignments and training. That means that every student will be hanging lights, painting scenery, creating props,