BA in Theatre

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. The theatre program offers coursework in acting, design and production. The program also offers a dedicated Musical Theatre Track.

Please note: Admission to the Musical Theatre Track is by audition only. Please visit our  Audition/Scholarship Day page for more information.

Students earning the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in theatre must complete all University, college and departmental degree requirements.  These include the general education requirements, major requirements, and all requirements for an approved minor, with sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

The major in theatre requires the successful completion of the following courses:

Acting I
Principles of Design or Fundamentals of Stage Scenery
Theatre Practicum
Beginning Directing or Theatre Management
History of Theatre

In addition to these core requirements, students must complete 18 hours of electives. Highly motivated students may choose to take up to 42 hours in the major. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers additional coursework in all disciplines of theatre, taught by a vibrant, dedicated faculty of working professionals, who bring a wealth of national and international experience to the classroom.

For more information on the department, University and/or core curriculum requirements, please visit the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

Transfer Credit

For those students wishing to transfer from a two-year college or another four-year institution, these courses are recommended by the Department of Theatre and Dance (courses will be transferred under Area V in the State Articulation Agreement).

The University of Alabama vs. Alabama Junior Colleges (Courses and Numbers)

  • Introduction to Theatre (this course does not satisfy the fine arts requirement for theatre majors), TH114, 3 credits vs. Introduction to Theatre, THR126, 3 credits
  • Acting I, TH141, 3 credits vs. Techniques of Acting I, THR131, 3 credits
  • Beginning Voice & Speech, TH241, 3 credits vs. Junior College courses vary, 3 credits
  • Stage Make-Up, TH230, 2 credits vs. Theatrical Make-Up, THR216, 2 credits
  • Theatre Practicum, TH290, 4 credits vs. Theatre Workshop I & II, THR113/114, 4 credits
  • Foreign Language, Student Choice/courses vary, 8 credits vs. Junior College courses vary, 8 credits

Acting

Initial acting courses are designed to encourage the realization of a highly personalized, confident expression on stage.  Advanced courses are offered in Greek Drama, Shakespeare, Moliere, European Realism, Classic Comedic Styles (including Wilde and Coward), Acting for the Camera, Contemporary Theatrical Styles, and Careers in Theatre.

Acting courses are augmented by intensive study in Movement and Voice for the Stage.  Advanced movement courses include specialized study in Clowning, Mask Work, Stage Combat, Suzuki, Contact Improvisation, Physical Characterization, Tai Chi, and Karate.

Advanced vocal courses include specialized study of Fitzmaurice (destructuring/ restructuring), Linklater, Rodenberg, Berry, and Lessac techniques.  They also include the study of phonetics (IPA), stage dialects, archetypes, and alba emoting. Many of our graduates go on to pursue professional careers and the department is resolutely committed to assisting with that transition through organizing internships, seeking local theatrical and film casting opportunities for exceptional students and through our New York Showcase, where students have secured representation by AEA and SAG franchised talent agents, as well as interest by major casting directors.

Design/Production

Theatre majors interested in the disciplines of scenic design, lighting design, sound design, and/or technical direction may take general and advanced courses in Scene Painting, Period Décor, Scene Design, Stagecraft, Drafting, Sound Production, Lighting Design, and Props.. Students have opportunities for a variety of practical experiences such as designing for dance and studio or mainstage productions. Other possibilities include being a technical director, master electrician, props master, designer’s assistant, scenic artist, draftsman or master carpenter.

Theatre majors interested in the discipline of costume design/production may take general and advanced courses in Costume Design, History, Construction, and Crafts.  Students participate in a sequence of academic and studio work, and a variety of design and production experiences.  University class work and production assignments provide training in designing, patterning, tailoring, millinery, craftwork, dying, and various other methods of fabric manipulation, as well as drawing and rendering and portfolio development.

Students have opportunities for a variety of practical experiences such as designing for dance and studio or main stage productions. Other possibilities include being a designer’s assistant, make-up designer, hair stylist, crafts-person, cutter/draper, or milliner on a given production.