Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60

Required Courses:

FMA 5341
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors
THTR 5221
Acting I (graduate level)
THTR 5232
Vocal Production for the Actor II
THTR 5388
Directing Practicum II (six terms)
THTR 5804
Dramaturgy
THTR 8001
Seminar in Dramatic Literature
THTR 8002
Seminar in Dramatic Literature
THTR 8611
Costume Design II
THTR 9242
Dance for the Actor VI (LeCoq Technique)
THTR 9282
Project in Acting
THTR 9383
Projects in Directing II (six terms)
THTR 9511
Seminar in Lighting I
THTR 9882
Projects in Playwriting
THTR 9995
Thesis

Proposed Progressive Coursework Outlined by Year:

Year 1
THTR 5221
Acting I (graduate level)
THTR 5232
Vocal Production for the Actor II
THTR 5388
Directing Practicum II (two terms of seminar and scene work in Realism)
THTR 8001
Seminar in Dramatic Literature
THTR 8002
Seminar in Dramatic Literature
THTR 9282
Project in Acting
THTR 9283
Projects in Acting
> M.F.A. One Acts
> M.F.A. PlayFest project (staged reading of new play)
Year 2
THTR 5388
Directing Practicum II (two terms of seminar and scene work)
> Shakespeare technique/practicum
> Comedy survey/technique/practicum
THTR 5804
Dramaturgy
THTR 8611
Costume Design II
THTR 9242
Dance for the Actor VI (LeCoq Technique)
THTR 9383
Projects in Directing II
> Shakespeare Project
> M.F.A. PlayFest project (staged reading of new play)
THTR 9511
Seminar in Lighting I
THTR 9882
Projects in Playwriting
Year 3
FMA 5341
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors
THTR 5388
Directing Practicum II (two terms of seminar and scene work)
> Musical Theater directing practicum
> Self-created ensemble-based work project
THTR 9383
Projects in Directing II
> Serial TV project
> M.F.A. PlayFest project (staged reading of new play)
THTR 9995
Thesis
> Thesis Production (main season fully supported production)
> Written Thesis

Additional Requirements:

First Year:
Students direct scenes plus a one-act play in the studio theater and serve as assistant to the director of a main stage show.

Second Year:
Scene work continues. Students also direct two unsupported projects in the studio theater.

Third Year:
Students direct a thesis production. This is a fully supported production that is part of the main stage season. During the alternate term, an opportunity may exist for an internship to assist or direct in one of the professional theaters in the Philadelphia area. This choice requires faculty approval. An additional option is an unsupported project to allow the student to explore personal interest or career objectives in theater.

Practical Application (in addition to coursework):
First Year/Fall Term: Practical focus is on the short scene (5-10 minutes). Three scenes are presented to the department with a focus primarily on contemporary realism.

First Year/Spring Term: Continued practical focus is on directing scenes from acknowledged 20th-century classics.

Second Year/Fall Term: Practical focus is on Shakespeare, culminating in the presentation of a Shakespeare scene project.

Second Year/Spring Term: Practical focus is on scene work from a variety of non-realistic genres and styles, including the study of comedy.

Second Year: Potential opportunity exists to direct a minimally supported full-length production during one of the terms.

Third Year/Fall Term: Practical focus is on new work, including self-created ensemble-based work.

Third Year/Spring Term: Practical focus is on the serial television project as well as musical theater.

Culminating Events:
Thesis:
One fully supported thesis project is produced in the main season during the third year. This is accompanied by a detailed, comprehensive written thesis, which includes an account of the research and script analysis that preceded the rehearsal process, a director’s rehearsal log, and the student's evaluation of the production. The student meets with appropriate faculty after the production has closed for discussion and evaluation of both the process and the production. Faculty members look systematically at all aspects of the theater production and evaluate the student in terms of what was attempted and what was achieved. Theatrical concept, unity of design and stylistic approach, the visual and aural components of storytelling, and ensemble work of the actors are evaluated from the point of view of directing, acting, and design.