Theatre - BA
Constant rehearsal, thorough character study, and carefully orchestrated behind-the-scenes work are the ingredients of a successful stage production. At Southeast Missouri State University, students become familiar with all aspects of the production process as they audition for roles, study great works of drama, learn to construct sets and craft costumes, and familiarize themselves with the technology of lighting and sound. In the theatre design lab, students use state-of-the-art Macintosh computers with large screens and the latest software that make set, lighting and scene design almost completely computer driven and far more efficient. For those portions of the design process that must be done manually, drafting tables are available. Such technology is usually available only in professional theatre companies.
Theatre students find internships and professional experience are just part of the learning process, which dedicates approximately one-third of the curriculum to academic training, one-third to working with university productions, and one-third to career development.
The Departmen of Theatre and Dance is part of the Earl and Margie Holland School for the Visual and Performing Arts, located at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The River Campus facilities provide a professional-caliber venue for music and theatre performances, including a 950-seat proscenium theatre, a 200-seat flexible theatre, a 200-seat music recital hall, dance studio, and state-of-the-art classrooms, studios and construction shops. The River Campus is a centerpiece for the arts in Southeast Missouri.
The Bachelor of Arts in theatre is a degree for students who wish to have an extensive education in theatre as the main focus of their liberal arts education at Southeast. Many Bachelor of Arts graduates go on to pursue Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees.
All BA in theatre majors must:
- have successfully completed one semester at Southeast as a theatre and dance major
- earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses that are major requirements
- maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher within the BA program and a minimum overall university 2.0 GPA
- have the prerequisite academic grades and apply for admission into the program at the beginning of the student's second semester as a major
- maintain requisite academic grades to advance in the program