Theatre Arts Overview

Jessup’s B.A. in Theatre is an immersive, pre-professional training ground for theatre practitioners. From backstage to onstage, you will learn how to tell excellent stories that illuminate the human condition and bring people into right relationship with God and their fellow man. You will create theatre from concept to performance in a department valuing a strong theological aesthetic and an entrepreneurial spirit. The mission of the B.A. Theatre program is to produce students who are highly employable theatre artists, Christian leaders, entrepreneurs, and skilled craftsmen who are capable of vast, positive, influence in the arts, media and entertainment.

Statement on the Nature and Purpose of the Arts

The nature and purpose of the arts at William Jessup University is to:

  1. Illuminate truth about the human condition
  2. Tell redemptive, transformative, and transportational stories, edifying and cautionary, that
    examine our relationship with God and one another
  3. Bring beauty into a fallen world
  4. Serve the world through sacrifice of one’s own talents toward the betterment of society and
    culture
  5. Create an authentic community of diverse individuals that join together for a common
    purpose
  6. Invest in imagination, hope, and healing through the power of creation and the creative
    spirit

Theatre Staff and Part-Time Faculty

Mason Diab Department Administrative Assistant and Box Office
Janey Pintar Part time professor of theatre history, movement, and voice
Ardith Gray Part time professor and Costumer
Aubri Siebert Part time professor of Dance
Brittney Reimert Part time professor of Stage Management and Technical Theatre
Elizabeth Hadden-McGuire Set Designer and Contract Painter
Fred Radford Set Builder
Taylor Miller Sound Designer
Brittney Reimert/Justin LaHiff Lighting Designers
Kelly Ann Dunn Impressions and Community Engagement

Course Requirements

Theatre Major

The following courses are recommended to fulfill general education requirements or as part of a
student’s elective choices.

Course Title Units
Theatre History: Greeks to the Restoration (GE: Arts and Humanities) 3
Theatre History: The Restoration to the Contemporary (GE: Arts and Humanities) 3
Financial and Budget Management for non-business majors (GE: Social and Behavioral Science) 3

 

Theatre Major: Core

Course Title Units
The Creative Christian (CART 101) 3
Intro to the Theatre Profession (THE 105) 3
Introduction to Technical Theatre (THE 106) 3
Acting I: Fundamentals (for majors) (THE 160a) 3
Practicum in Production, Performance, or Management (THE 172, 173 or 177) 4
Voice and Diction [or 2-D design for Design/Tech concentration only]
(THE 250 or ART ###)
3
Text Analysis (THE 345) 3
Professional Preparation in Performance, Production, or Management
(THE 498 a, b, or c)
4
Professional Experience OR Senior Project (THE475/477)
TOTAL UNITS 26

Acting Specialization

Course Title Units
Movement for the Stage (THE 230) 3
Acting II: Realism (THE 260) 3
Acting III: Shakespeare (THE 360) 3
Acting IV: Screen Acting (THE 460) 3
Directing for the Stage (THE 468) 3
Theatre Electives (Choose four electives including any THE 399-499 course) 12
TOTAL UNITS 27

Theatre Design and Technology Specialization

Course Title Units
Stage Management (THE 217) 3
Lighting Design (THE 311) 3
Set Design (THE 313) 3
Costume Design (THE 313) 3
Directing (THE 468) 3
Theatre Electives (Choose four electives including any THE 399-499 course) 12
TOTAL UNITS 27

Theatre Management Specialization

Course Title Units
Legal Implications (BUS 260) 3
Marketing 3
Non-Profit Management 3
Project Management 3
Web Design and Presence (ART ###) 3
Theatre Electives (Choose four electives including any THE 399-499 course) 12
TOTAL UNITS 27

Musical Theatre Specialization

(This track is by audition only and it is highly recommended to take private voice with this track)

Course Title Units
Movement for the Stage (THE 230) 3
Acting II: Realism (THE 260) 3
Acting III: Shakespeare (THE 360) 3
Acting IV: Screen Acting (THE 460) 3
Ballet (THE 331) 3
Jazz (THE 332) 3
Tap (THE 333) 3
Musical Theatre Dance OR Swing and Social Dance (THE 334/335) 3
Musical Theatre Workshop (THE 365) 3
TOTAL UNITS 27

Past Productions

Scrooge

Guys & Dolls

It’s a Wonderful Life

Oklahoma!

Crucible

Bachelors of Arts in Creative Arts Audition Requirements for Scholarship Applicants

Acting Specialization

  • Bring a headshot and resume (specifying experience in theatre productions)
  • Prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue of your choosing and be prepared to work it

Musical Theatre Performers

  • In addition to fulfilling the requirements above for Theatre Specialization, prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater song with appropriate accompaniment (no a cappella)

Arts Management Specialization:

  • Bring a resume (specifying any management or artistic endeavors you have been involved in)
  • Prepare either a one-minute monologue (see Acting requirements) or have clips of productions you have helped manage

Theatre Design and Technology

  • Bring a resume (specifying any management or artistic endeavors you have been involved in)
  • Prepare either a one-minute monologue (see Acting requirements) or have clips of the production work you have done

Interest in Dance (There is no current dance concentration offered. Dance classes are offered for elective coursework.)

  • Bring a resume (specifying involvement in dance or arts)
  • Prepare a one-minute dance piece with pre-recorded music

All scholarship applicants should be prepared as you will be required to take part in an interview in addition to your performances/presentations. This audition will not determine your acceptance into the program or WJU, it will simply allow the department to determine scholarship level based on performance and need.

To schedule a theatre or arts management audition, contact jmartin [at] jessup [dot] edu.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1) Developed and articulated an informed theological aesthetic and possess the ability to apply it to theatrical practice;
  • 2) An increased knowledge of the history of Theatre
  • 3) The ability to effectively analyze the theatre text from an informed artistic sensibility as viewed through the lens of a Judeo-Christian worldview
  • 4) Cultivated technical skill sets for theatrical performance, production, and management
  • 5) Demonstrated proficient strategy and skill in engaging the professional theatrical community
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