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Theatre Production, M.A.

The graduate program in theatre arts is designed to prepare English and drama teachers to teach and produce theatre in the secondary and middle schools. Required core courses are designed specifically for the secondary school setting and include study in stage technology, teaching acting skills, acquiring basic learning in dramatic literature and history, supervised practice in directing plays and musicals, compiling classroom activities, and creating a curriculum for drama program development.

The program is offered almost entirely in the summer months. Some graduate study is available during the regular school year. It should be noted that most students find it necessary to register for thesis credits during the academic year.

Program Requirements:
A minimum of 56 credits is required for the degree. Creative project (thesis) credits may be included in the minimum. The creative project (thesis) required is a full production of a play or musical at an approved outside venue, or an approved process drama project with written documentation, director's book, and video submitted to the department. The candidate's graduate committee which consists of three faculty members selected by the candidate, will select a member, usually the chair, who will view the production in performance at the candidate's theatre. An oral examination and defense of the creative project (thesis) is required. A maximum of 15 graduate credits earned within the previous four years at CWU may be applied to the program. The department and the university reserve the right to determine the acceptability of other transfer credit from any institution. Of the 56 credits required, 40 must be at the 500 level. Prerequisites required for admission to the program may not be applied. A core program from seven components is required.

Required Core Courses:
Prefix / Course Number Course Title Credits
Component 1: Directing  
TH 540 Graduate Directing I 3
TH 541 Graduate Directing II 3
TH 542 Musical Theatre Directing 4
Component 2: Literature and Criticism  
TH 510 Studies in Dramatic Literature 4
TH 511 Analysis and Criticism 4
Component 3: Performance (choose 12 credits) 12
TH 531 Mime and Movement 3
TH 533 Stage and Combat for Teachers 3
TH 534 Improvisational Techniques 3
TH 539 Directing and Teaching Young Actors 3
TH 543 Acting Fundamentals 3
TH 544 Acting Styles 3
TH 545 Voice and Dialects 3
TH 546 Teaching Shakespeare Performance 3
Component 4: Technology and Design (choose 12 credits)
(at least 1 costume, 1 scenic, 1 lights)
12
TH 560 Stage and TV Makeup 3
TH 562 Costume Accessories 3
TH 565 Creative Costuming 3
TH 566 Masks and Makeup 3
TH 568 Lighting Techniques 3
TH 571 Design Methodology 3
TH 580 Scenic Methods 3
TH 583 Settings and Properties 3
Component 5: Pedagogy and Program Development (choose 6 credits) 6
TH 520 Exploring Drama in the Classroom 3
TH 521 Curriculum and Program Development 3
TH 530 Playwriting Application 3
TH 584 Puppetry in the Classroom 3
Component 6: Creative Project (8 credits) 8
TH 501 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1
TH 502 Introduction to the Creative Project 1
TH 700 Master"s Thesis Project 6
Total Credits Program 56
Component 8: Enrichment  
TH 503 Survey of Theatre History and Literature 4
TH 520 Exploring Drama in the Classroom 3
TH 521 Curriculum and Program Development 3
TH 530 Playwriting Application 3
TH 531 Mime and Movement 3
TH 533 Stage and Combat for Teachers 3
TH 534 Improvisational Techniques 3
TH 539 Directing and Teaching Young Actors 3
TH 543 Acting Fundamentals 3
TH 544 Acting Styles 3
TH 545 Voice and Dialects 3
TH 546 Teaching Shakespeare Performance 3
TH 547 Musical Theatre Choreography 3
TH 550 Theatre and Arts Management 3
TH 650 Stage and TV Makeup 3
TH 562 Costume Accessories 3
TH 565 Creative Costuming 3
TH 566 Masks and Makeup 3
TH 568 Lighting Techniques 3
TH 570 Music Theatre Workshop 1-6
TH 571 Design Methodology 3
TH 580 Scenic Methods 3
TH 583 Settings and Properties 3
TH 584 Puppetry in the Classroom 3
TH 587 Theatre Pedagogy 4
TH 591 Workshop Credits 1-6
TH 596 ndividual Study 1-6
TH 598 Special Topics 1-6
TH 599 Seminar 1-5


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