This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.
|Professor A. Giurgea, Sweeney (Chair)
Associate Professor DuComb
Assistant Professors Bass, Swanson
Senior Lecturer S. Giurgea
Technical Director Labykina
Visiting Assistant Professor Moss
Visiting Instructor Aguilar
Theater predates recorded history and remains a vital mode of artistic expression in the modern world. The Department of Theater educates students in the interdisciplinary practice of theater through required courses in acting, directing, stagecraft, and stage design, as well as elective courses in playwriting, screenwriting, and dance. Students also study theater as a social and cultural institution through courses in theater history and dramatic literature. Each semester, the department mounts a major production in the University Theater, directed either by a member of the theater faculty or a distinguished guest artist. Theater courses and University Theater productions are open not only to theater majors and minors but to all students on campus.
Theater students at Colgate learn by doing in the intellectually and physically rigorous environment of studio courses, rehearsals, and public performances. The curriculum transcends the artificial split of mind and body, encouraging students to develop skills in both logic and intuition that apply to any field of endeavor. A major or minor in theater fosters students' ability to read closely, think critically, and communicate clearly -- not only through speech and writing, but also through embodied presence. Students of theater are trained to integrate analytical, physical, emotional, and interpersonal intelligence in a way that few other courses of study demand.
By making and studying theater, Colgate students act out a variety of perspectives on the world, learning to problem solve and self-start through immersion in the challenges of the creative process. Students have opportunities both to lead and to collaborate. Graduates regularly pursue successful careers not only in theater but also in communications, media, business, law, and technology. Students interested in majoring or minoring in theater should discuss their plans with an adviser, and consider courses in music, art and art history, film and media studies, English, and foreign languages and cultures to complement their theater education.
Howard W. & Anne T. Pike Memorial Prize / Est. 1993 - Senior—awarded to a senior concentrator who has demonstrated extensive scholarship, daring originality, and exceptional commitment to the art of theater.
Howard W. & Anne T. Pike Memorial Prize / Est. 1993 - Junior—awarded to a junior concentrator or minor for their commitment and contribution to the department of theater and/or an outstanding artistic accomplishment in a curricular project.
Howard W. & Anne T. Pike Memorial Prize / Est. 1993 - Technical Theater— awarded to a student who has exhibited sustained commitment to technical theater and production support or an outstanding contribution in a design capacity during their time at Colgate.
Howard W. & Anne T. Pike Memorial Prize / Est. 1993 - Essay—awarded for the best essay written in a Department of Theater course in each academic year. Open to all class years. Nominations, which may be made by students or members of the theater faculty, are ordinarily due around March 15.
The Department of Theater does not award Advanced Placement credit.
Because transferred courses must conform in content and rigor to Colgate's curriculum, students intending to take a course in theater at another institution must discuss their plans with the department chair before enrolling. Transfer credit for a theater course taken at another college or university will be granted only by the approval of the department. The department chair grants preliminary approval for appropriate courses, which generally must resemble 300- or 400-level courses at Colgate. Upon return to campus, the student brings the course syllabus, all papers written for the course, and a transcript registering its completion to the department chair to receive final approval. No more than two courses (in the case of a minor, one course) may be transferred for major credit. Students may not use a transferred course to fulfill the 400-level seminar requirement of the major.
Seniors with an average GPA of 3.5 or above in courses counted toward the Theater major may apply to pursue an honors project. The application process for honors will be discussed in THEA 495 - Senior Seminar in Theater . Proposals for honors projects should build on the student's previous work in the Theater major. Proposals are normally due in October and must be approved by the Theater faculty.
Students pursuing an honors project are enrolled in THEA 496 - Special Studies for Honors Candidates in Theater , during the spring term of their senior year. This course will ordinarily take the form of an independent study with the supervisor of the student's honors project. THEA 496 must be taken in addition to THEA 495 and to the minimum number of courses required for the Theater major. Students must complete their honors projects by a date specified by the Department of Theater. If the Theater faculty approves a completed project for honors, the student receives a grade in THEA 496. If a student withdraws from the program, or if the final project is not approved for honors, THEA 496 is converted to THEA 491 - Independent Study , and a grade is assigned by the student's faculty supervisor. Students are awarded high honors on the basis of the quality of their chosen artistic project, thesis, and the oral presentation.
Students with further questions should contact the chair of the Department of Theater.
Preparation for Graduate Study
Students interested in graduate study should consult with their advisers early in their programs to be advised about preparation for advanced work.
Majors and Minors
- THEA 220L - Drama and the Greeks! Lab
- THEA 220 - Drama and the Greeks!
- THEA 232 - London Theater Study Group: Campus Prep
- THEA 246 - Introduction to Performance Studies
- THEA 250 - Stagecraft
- THEA 252 - Scenic Design
- THEA 253 - Costume Design
- THEA 254 - Acting I
- THEA 257 - Theater for Young Audiences Workshop
- THEA 259 - Performance I: Performance Workshop
- THEA 266 - Introduction to Drama
- THEA 267 - Modern Drama
- THEA 270 - Introduction to Dance Studies
- THEA 271 - Introduction to Contemporary Dance
- THEA 273 - Contemporary African American Drama
- THEA 276 - Playwriting I
- THEA 321 - Shakespeare
- THEA 322 - Shakespeare
- THEA 332 - Theater and Performance: London and the International Stage (Study Group)
- THEA 349 - Global Theater
- THEA 350 - Theater Practicum
- THEA 353 - Theater, Play, and Improvisation
- THEA 354 - Directing I
- THEA 355 - Acting II
- THEA 358 - Narrative Screenwriting
- THEA 359 - Performance II: Performance for the Stage
- THEA 371 - Contemporary Dance in Performance
- THEA 376 - Playwriting II
- THEA 391 - Independent Study
- THEA 454 - Directing II
- THEA 491 - Independent Study
- THEA 495 - Senior Seminar in Theater
- THEA 496 - Special Studies for Honors Candidates in Theater