Theatre Department

Degree Requirements

Junior Qualifying Examination

Students are evaluated through a qualifying examination in the second semester of their junior year. Performance on this exam as well as departmental courses determines the student’s eligibility to proceed to senior standing and the nature and scope of the thesis project that may be undertaken. Students are expected to have completed the crew requirement (THEA 162) by the time this exam is taken.

 

Senior Thesis

The senior thesis of a theatre major may be a research-centered project or a project that integrates research with production. Recent production projects have been undertaken in directing, playwriting, acting, dramaturgy, and design.

 

Requirements for the Major

Entering Reed Spring 2017 or earlier

  1. Theatre 202 (Introduction to Theatrical Design), 203 (Acting Laboratory) (offered previously as THEA 210), 331 (Directing I).
  2. Two of the following four courses: Theatre 251 (previously offered as THEA 250), 252 (previously offered as THEA 260), 270 (previously offered as THEA 240), 280. One of these must be Theatre 251 or 252; one course in dramatic literature taken outside the department may be substituted for the remaining course.
  3. Four units of theatre electives.
  4. Fulfillment of crew requirement (see below).
  5. Humanities 210, 220, or 230 (generally used to fulfill the Group B requirement) or two units in one department (other than Theatre) within the Division of the Arts.
  6. Theatre 470 (Thesis).

One unit selected from dance, music, or art is recommended.

Divisional requirement of proficiency in a foreign language at the second-year level.

Crew Requirement (Theatre 162)

Students majoring in theatre or combined theatre programs are required to complete two sections of Theatre 162 before taking the junior qualifying examination. With departmental permission, one section of Theatre 163 may be substituted for one of these sections. For stage managers, one section of Theatre 161 may be substituted. Students should fulfill this requirement in consultation with department faculty. Theatre 162 is also open to nonmajors.

 

Entering Reed Fall 2017 or after

  1. Theatre Core: Theatre 202 (Introduction to Theatrical Design), 201 (Stagecraft), 203 (Acting Laboratory), 331 (Directing I).
  2. Theatre History. Two of the following: Theatre 251 (Theatre History I: Antiquity to Naturalism), Theatre 252 (Theatre History II: Naturalism to 9/11), Theatre 253 (Theatre History III: 9/11 to Now).
  3. Diversity Requirement. One of the following: Theatre 270 (Race and Identity in American Theatre), 280 (Gender and Theatre).
  4. Theatre 301 (Junior Seminar).
  5. Theatre 302 (Junior Production Studio).
  6. Theatre Laboratory: Two units of Theatre 100 (Theatre Laboratory).
  7. Theatre 470 (Thesis).

Divisional requirement of proficiency in a foreign language at the second-year level.

Recommended: one course from the Creation sequence (Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Devising, Advanced Creation). Also recommended is one class from Music, Art, or Dance.

Theatre Lab Requirement

Students majoring in theatre are required to complete two units of Theatre Laboratory (Theatre 100). Theatre 100 is offered as either a one-half or one full unit course. For a full unit, an academic paper component is required. Lab courses are connected to working on or performing in, a departmentally sponsored production. Students should fulfill this requirement in consultation with department faculty. One of these labs must be taken while fulfilling the role of Stage Manager or Assistant Stage Manager. An additional course must be taken while fulfilling a production assignment. Theatre Laboratory is also open to non-majors. Theatre majors must take at least one full unit of Theatre 100. Theatre 100 is repeatable for credit.