Theatre - BFA - Design/Technology
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.
A student who chooses the design/technology option in Southeast's theatre program will be prepared for professional competence in one or more of the areas of costume design, lighting design, sound design, scenic design or stage management.
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 Fine Arts (BFA) is a pre-professional degree with an emphasis on experiential and academic training designed to prepare the student for a career in the performing arts.
All BFA in theatre majors must: