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Bachelor of Arts

Theatre Arts

“From backstage to onstage, you will learn how to create theatre from concept to performance in a department valuing a strong theological aesthetic and an entrepreneurial spirit.”

DEREK MARTIN, PROGRAM ADVISOR

Program Overview

Jessup’s BA in Theatre is an immense, pre‐professional training ground for theatre practitioners. The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre offers specializations in Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design and Technology, and Theatre Management. From backstage to onstage, students will learn how to tell excellent stories that illuminate the human condition and bring people into right relationship with God and their fellow man. You will learn how to create theatre from concept to performance in a department valuing a strong theological aesthetic and an entrepreneurial spirit. The mission of the BA in Theatre program is to produce students who are highly employable theatre artists, Christian leaders, entrepreneurs, and skilled craftsmen who are capable of vast, positive, influence in the arts, media, and entertainment. Jessup Theatre is a four‐year training ground preparing you to make a unique contribution to the art form.

Program Details

The nature and purpose of the arts at William Jessup University is to illuminate truth about the human condition. Tell redemptive, transformative, and transpirational stories that examine our relationship with God and one another. Our goal is to bring beauty into a fallen world, serve the world through sacrifice of one’s own talents toward the betterment of society and culture while creating an authentic community of diverse individuals that join together for a common purpose. We invest in imagination, hope, and healing through the power of creation and the creative spirit.

CART101 The Creative Christian

The Creative Christian is the cornerstone to a performing or visual artsstudent’s education. Within this course, the student will learn about the nature and purpose of art viewed through a Judeo‐Christian lens. They will discover how this knowledge can guide their aesthetic comprehension as they observe, create, and support art and artists. Using both the Bible and other powerful literature derived from some of the great aestheticians of our time, the student will be able to approach art with a newly developed critical eye to guide them through the rest of their study in the creative arts.

3 units

THE105 Introduction to the Theatre Profession

Students will study various elements of the theatre profession within this course. They will become familiar with requisites and practices of theatre professionals: actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and arts administrators. Students will learn valuable information such as marketing, etiquette, and audition and interview skills that prepare them for the pre‐professional and professional theatre business. Formerly CART105.

3 units

THE106 Introduction to Technical Theatre

Students will study various elements of the theatre profession within this course. They will become familiar with requisites and practices of theatre professionals: actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and arts administrators. Students will learn valuable information such as marketing, etiquette, and audition and interview skills that prepare them for the pre‐professional and professional theatre business. Formerly CART105.

3 units

THE160a Acting I – Fundamentals

This is the fundamental course for the acting track. The student will learn about the basic building blocks of human behavior within this course and begin to discover what it means to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. The purpose of this course is to dissolve bad performing habits within the actor and to build good habits so that the actor can deliver a simple, honest and objective‐ driven performance. The student will learn how to craft a simple objective and to approach basic character analysis from the actor’s point of view. Formerly CART176.

3 units

THE250 Voice and Diction

The purpose of this course is to aid students with their annunciation, volume, clarity, and presence when speaking in public. The student will master breathing, relaxation, and phonation techniques that will free their natural voice and give them control over their vocal instrument. The student will also learn the International Phonetic Alphabet as a way to deal with regionalization and dialect issues.

3 units

THE345 Text Analysis

This course will provide tools for students to analyze plays as theatre literature from the perspective of performance and directing such as structural approaches, historical/biographical approaches, a study of genres, psychoanalytic approaches, and moral/philosophical approaches to include Judeo‐Christian core values. Formerly CART245b.

3 units

THE475 Professional Experience in Theatre OR THE477. Senior Project in Theatre

A student will enter into a professional theatrical experience for credit. This could be an internship but is more likely to be an apprenticeship or a legitimate job in their field of study. The purpose of this experience is for practical, professional experience in their chosen field. Students must adhere to the rules and regulations put forth by the theatre program and their advisor concerning the senior project in order to receive credit for their professional experience.
OR
The student must put forth a proposal for a devised artistic experience that the student will manage from the conception to the delivery of the experience. Students must adhere to the rules and regulations put forth by the theatre program and their advisor concerning the senior project in order to receive credit for their senior project.

3 units

THE498a Professional Preparation in Performance

Students will get their head shots and resumes, as well as prepare their websites in this course. Students will also put together a professional audition package as well as learn about unions, agents, and managers. They will brush up on their theological aesthetics, all in preparation to enter the professional theatre world.

3 units

THE498c Professional Preparation in Management

Students will get their head shots and resumes, as well as prepare their websitesin this course. Students will put together a strategic plan for engaging the professional theatre world as an artist, manager, and entrepreneur as well as learn about unions, agents, and managers. They will brush up on their theological aesthetics, all in preparation to enter the professional theatre world on the management side.

3 units

Acting (27 units)

Movement for the Stage (THE230) 3
Acting II – Realism (THE260) 3
Acting III – Shakespeare (THE360) 3
Acting IV – Screen Acting (THE460) 3
Directing for the Stage (THE468) 3
Theatre electives (choose four upper division, including THE399 or THE499
with advisor approval) 12

27 units

Musical Theatre (27 units)

Must audition to be accepted into this concentration; if not accepted, will be placed in acting concentration. Highly
recommended to take private voice with this concentration.
Movement for the Stage (THE230) 3
Acting II – Realism (THE260) 3
Ballet (THE331) 3
Jazz (THE332) 3
Tap (THE333) 3
Musical Theatre Dance (THE334) or Swing and Social Dance (THE335) 3
Acting III – Shakespeare (THE360) 3
Musical Theatre Workshop (THE365) 3
Acting IV – Screen Acting (THE460) 3

27 units

Theatre Design and Technology (27 units)

Stage Management (THE217) 3
Lighting Design (THE311) 3
Set Design (THE313) 3
Costume Design (THE315) 3
Directing for the Stage (THE468) 3
Theatre electives (choose four upper division, including THE399 or THE499
with advisor approval) 12

27 units

Theatre Management (27 units)

Theatre Management (27 units)
Web Design and Presence (ART335) 3
Legal Implications for Business (BUS260) 3
Marketing (BUS320) 3
Nonprofit Management (BUS373) 3
Project Management (BUS385) 3
Theatre electives (choose four upper division, including THE399 or THE499
with advisor approval) 12

27 units
  • An informed Christian aesthetic and possess the ability to apply their aesthetic to various art forms and artistic media.
  • An increased knowledge of the history of the arts and/or specific media and practices.
  • The ability to effectively analyze art forms from an informed artistic sensibility as viewed through the lens of a Judeo-Christian worldview.
  • Cultivated technical skill sets in various artistic areas.
  • Acquisition of a broad knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of music literature through study and performance.
  • The ability to effectively serve the church and/or the community through practicing his or her art form.
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Critic
  • Creative Arts Pastor
  • Design Strategist
  • Event Coordinator/Planner
  • Managing DirectorProfessional Artist/Actor/Technician
  • Programming Director
  • Promoter
  • Talent Agent
  • Stage manager
  • Visual Communications
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Offerings

Bachelor of Arts

BA in Theatre

Concentrations

Theatre Management
Musical Theatre
Performance
Design/Technical Theatre

Minor

Theatre Minor

Program Advisor

Derek Martin

Program Advisor
Faculty, Theatre

Faculty & Staff

Derek Martin

Faculty, Theatre

Jennifer Martin

Administrative Faculty, Theatre

Lauren Horst

Administrative Assistant

Scrooged

Guys and Dolls

It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life

The Crucible

The Crucible

Scrooged

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