This program emphasizes the complete theatre artist: one who feels equally comfortable in all facets of dance and theatre. The major provides an educational experience responsive to today’s professional demands in the performing arts, in addition to satisfactory preparation for further work and study in either or both areas. The student may elect one of several emphases: performance, choreography, directing, or research. This major requires careful planning because required courses in both departments are taught in alternate years. The student should consult with an adviser in each department as soon as possible.
Admission to the Major
1. Completion of Dance 211, 212 and Theatre 210.
2. Satisfactory participation in at least one dance or theatre production at Reed.
Requirements for the Major
1. Dance 111, 112, 211, 212, 311, and 312. Dance 111-112 may be waived if the student has had sufficient previous technical training. Three units of dance theory and criticism, history, and/or cultural studies are also required from Dance 260, 262, 264, 321, 322, 330, 335, 340, and 351.
2. Five units of theatre, including Theatre 210, 331 and two of the following: Theatre 240, 250, 260, or 270. Theatre 250 and 260 are strongly recommended for majors. If a student is considering a thesis project with a creative component, one unit of theatre design is required. Lighting design is strongly recommended.
3. One unit of music; one unit of art history, studio art, or theatre design.
4. Dance–Theatre 470 (thesis).
5. Completion of the division requirements specified by the Division of the Arts.
6. Completion of the theatre crew requirement—Theatre 162. See explanation in the theatre department section.
Junior Qualifying Examination
Students electing a major in dance–theatre are examined by the two departments in the second semester of the junior year. On the basis of this review, it will be determined whether a student will be admitted to senior standing, and may undertake a research-centered thesis project or a creative project with a research component. Performance on the exam will affect the nature and scope of the thesis project.