Major Requirements

Theater and Dance

The theater and dance major—Students are required to complete 13 course credits for the major. Students who choose the two-credit thesis option will complete 14 course credits for the major.

Required core courses:

  • THDN 107. Introduction to Performance
  • THDN 110. Theatrical Traditions: Classical to the Early Avant-Garde
  • 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)

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 three required core courses, students will choose one of three tracks listed as follows:

Performance track

In this track, students examine a wide array of approaches to performance techniques and disciplines that are fundamental to contemporary performance practice. Students in this track will be expected to author their own performance work as well as participate regularly in departmental productions.

  • THDN 103. Basic Acting
  • THDN 205. Intermediate Acting or one full credit of dance technique at the 200 or 300 level
  • THDN 207. Improvisation or THDN 235. Voice
  • THDN 233. Critical Views/Critical Values
  • THDN 394. Directing or THDN 315. Making Dances
  • One design course in lighting, scene, or costume design
  • Three departmental electives, one of which must be a Theater and Dance Department history or theory course and two of which must be at the 300 level
  • Performance in four departmental productions, one of which must be THDN 309. Stage Production.

Arts in the community track

In this track, students investigate the ways that theater, dance, and performance are integrated into the social and educational institutions in our culture. Students will look at how the arts impact community in terms of education, health, racial and gender equality, as well as other issues of social justice.

  • THDN 207. Improvisation
  • PBPL 263. Art and the Public Good
  • THDN 270. Arts in Action: Moving into the Community
  • THDN 332. Education through Movement or THDN 373. Human Rights through Performance
  • THDN 340. Field Studies or THDN 348. The Arts and Special Populations
  • THDN 394. Directing or THDN 315. Making Dances
  • Two credits in education, sociology, or psychology. Courses outside the Theater and Dance Department must be approved by the department.
  • One credit in dance/movement techniques or acting technique
  • One departmental elective at the 300 level

Writing, directing, and dramaturgy track

In this track, students will explore the historical, cultural, and theoretical dimensions of theatrical practice. Students will have the opportunity to write and/or direct their own stage productions and to engage in an in-depth research project.

  • THDN 103. Basic Acting
  • THDN 233. Critical Views/Critical Values
  • THDN 238. European Theater, East and West
  • THDN 239. Contemporary American Theater
  • THDN 363. Philosophy and Performance
  • THDN 393. Playwrights Workshop
  • THDN 394. Directing
  • THDN 493. Advanced Playwriting or THDN 494. Advanced Directing or THDN 404. Dramaturgy
  • 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.

Students participating in departmental productions receive .25 credit per production for THDN 109. Performance and THDN 109. Production and .50 credit per production for THDN 309. Stage Production, and must obtain their adviser's permission to count a production towards the major.

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 Semester 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 the arts. 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, 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 project 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 three of which may be counted toward the major in the Department of Theater and Dance. See course descriptions for THDN 401. Performance Workshop, THDN 405. The Nonprofit Arts Organization, and THDN 411. Performance Analysis.