Major Requirements

Theater and Dance

The theater and dance major—Students are required to complete 12 course credits for the major. Students who choose the two-credit thesis option will complete 13 course credits for the major.

Required courses:

  • THDN 103. Basic Acting
  • THDN 123. Intro to Ballet or THDN 132. Intro to Modern Dance or THDN 218. Principles of Movement
  • THDN 233. Critical Views/Critical Values
  • THDN 496. Senior Thesis Part 1 and THDN 497. Senior Thesis Part 2 (one credit) or \\* THDN 498. Senior Thesis Part 1 and THDN 499. Senior Thesis Part 2 (two credits)
  • One design course in lighting, scene, or costume design

The Writing Intensive Part II requirement is fulfilled either by the one-credit THDN 496-497. Senior Thesis, or by the two-credit THDN 498-499. Senior Thesis.

In addition to completing the required core courses, all theater and dance department majors must complete a concentration. Students choose one of six suggested concentrations listed below or design their own concentration in the major subject to departmental approval:

Acting

  • THDN 205. Intermediate Acting
  • THDN 235. Voice
  • THDN 393. Playwrights Workshop
  • THDN 394. Directing
  • One 300-level theater techniques course

  • Two electives, one of which may be a course in another arts discipline and one of which must be a departmental theater history course. Courses outside the Theater and Dance Department must be approved by the department.

Dance and Choreography

  • THDN 236. Contemporary Dance History
  • THDN 315. Making Dances
  • THDN 324. Advanced Choreography Workshop
  • Two credits in dance technique

  • Two electives, one of which may be a course in another arts discipline. Courses outside the Theater and Dance Department must be approved by the department.

Media and Performance

  • THDN 121. Intro to Media Studies
  • THDN 225. Intro to Interactive Media
  • THDN 363. Philosophy and Performance
  • THDN 393. Playwrights Workshop or THDN 345-04. Special Topics: Writing for Stage and Screen
  • THDN 394. Directing or THDN 315. Making Dances
  • Two electives, one of which may be a course in another arts discipline and one of which must be a departmental theater history course. Courses outside the Theater and Dance Department must be approved by the department.

History and Dramaturgy

  • THDN 393. Playwrights Workshop
  • THDN 394. Directing or THDN 315. Making Dances
  • THDN 404. Dramaturgy
  • Two departmental history/theory courses

  • Two electives, one of which must be a history/theory course in another arts discipline. Courses outside the Theater and Dance Department must be approved by the department.

Performing Arts in the Community

  • THDN 270. Arts in Action: Moving into the Community
  • THDN 345-12. Improv Theater and Social Change
  • THDN 394. Directing or THDN 315. Making Dances
  • PBPL 263. Art and the Public Good
  • One one-credit internship (TBD with departmental advisor)
  • Two electives, one of which may be a course in another arts discipline and one of which must be a departmental theater history course. Courses outside the Theater and Dance Department must be approved by the department.

Writing, directing

  • THDN 393. Playwrights Workshop
  • THDN 394. Directing
  • THDN 493. Advanced Playwriting or THDN 494. Advanced Directing
  • Two theater and dance department theater history courses

  • Two electives, one of which may be a course in another arts discipline. Courses outside the Theater and Dance Department must be approved by the department.

Theater and dance majors are required to participate in at least three departmental productions, one of which must be a THDN 309. Stage Production. In addition, all majors are required to complete 90 hours of design/production work in the Department of Theater and Dance. Upon declaring the major, the student will develop a plan with the performing arts technical director. It is recommended that students complete their production hours in 30-hour segments over the course of three semesters.

A grade of C- or higher must be obtained in all courses for the major. The last term of the senior year must be in residence. No more than three full credits in techniques and applications of theater and dance courses (THDN 109, THDN 209, and THDN 309) may be counted toward fulfillment of the general credit requirement for the bachelor’s degree.

Honors—Typically, departmental honors are awarded to students who have at least an A- average in courses required for the major and earn at least an A- in a two-credit thesis. Students who complete an exceptional one-credit thesis and have an A- average in courses required for the major may also be considered for honors.

Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in New York City—Sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, this semester program utilizes the landscape and history of New York City as a catalyst for an intensive study in theater, dance, and performance. Based at the historic and critically acclaimed La MaMa Experimental Theater Club (E.T.C.), the program offers students an immersion experience in the unique and vibrant New York arts scene. Occurring in the fall semester, the program is designed for both major and non-major arts students. The program includes a comprehensive academic seminar, an internship at a nonprofit arts organization, performance practice classes, attendance at multiple performances each week, and multi-arts exploration of NYC as a field- study site. The program culminates with a performance presented both at Trinity and at La MaMa E.T.C. In order to foster dynamic academic and artistic growth, the interdisciplinary learning approach includes group and individualized study and research. In addition to students with a focus in theater, dance, and performance, the semester can accommodate those interested in other genres. Further information is available from Professor Michael Burke, program director, by telephone at (212) 598-3058 or by e-mail: Michael.Burke@trincoll.edu; or from Professor Judy Dworin of the Department of Theater and Dance, at Judy.Dworin@trincoll.edu. Students earn five course credits for the program, not more than two of which may be counted toward the major in the Department of Theater and Dance. See course descriptions for TLMM 401. Performance Workshop, TLMM 405. The Nonprofit Arts Organization, and TLMM 411. Performance Analysis.