Reed College Catalog

This program emphasizes the artist-scholar 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, dramaturgy, or historical and theoretical research, with or without a performance component. The student should consult with an adviser in each department as soon as possible.

Requirements for the Major
1. Five units of dance, including Dance 201 and 211. For students without prior dance experience, Dance 111 and 112 are strongly recommended. For students with advanced dance experience, Dance 311 may be substituted for Dance 211. Up to two units in nongraded courses in dance technique (Dance 101) may be counted toward this requirement. 
2. Five units of theatre, including Theatre 202, 204 or 205, 223 or 331, and at least one course in theatre history or performance studies.
3. Production requirement: completion of Dance 100, Theatre 100, or Theatre 201.
4. One unit of junior seminar in dance or theatre.
5. One unit of upper-level choreography or Theatre 302: Junior Production Studio.
6. Junior qualifying examinations by both departments.
7. Dance–Theatre 470 (thesis).

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 performance or practice-based thesis project that integrates research with production. Performance on the exam as well as within departmental courses will affect the nature and scope of the thesis project.