The Theatre Major
The dramatic arts combine communication and literature with the immediacy of human interaction. Perhaps that is why they have such a powerful impact upon our lives. In the Theatre minor, students examine these fields from varied perspectives — theoretical, literary, historical, and practical. Introductory courses prepare students to speak effectively and to appreciate and participate in the dramatic arts. Advanced courses lead them to reflect on the theory and practice of theatre, drama and film while preparing for graduate study or a profession. Students participate in all aspects of theatre productions in the laboratory setting of the Holloway Theatre. Theatre minors are required to participate in all Harlequin Theatre productions. The department participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival each year, and students act, direct, design and also write plays for the festival and have received several awards for their efforts.
Theatre Studies majors are required to participate in all Harlequin Theatre productions in some capacity.
Theatre Studies majors must select one of the following emphases:
Art: The art concentration is designed to supplement instruction for those students interested in the technical design elements of theatre. Art courses will aid students in learning some of the basic skills necessary for a technical designer, including drafting and rendering, color theory, visual composition, and art history.
Music: The music concentration offers students interested in musical theory, develop their voices through choral performances and individual lessons, or both.
English: The English concentration aims to educate students interested in literary aspects of theatre. Students seeking admission to Ph.D. programs for theatre or those interested in serving as teacher or those interested in serving as teachers or dramaturges would benefit from this concentration.
The Theatre Minor
This course of study is designed as a second field for students interested in the theatre arts and in improving their communication skills.
The Holloway Theatre was completed in 1991 and is named in honor of I. Graham Holloway '80. It contains a 'black box' theatre, seating up to 200 in proscenium, thrust, and arena style, ample support facilities, including a rehearsal room, a green room, set and costume workshops, storage areas, and a computer station. The theatre is the home of the Harlequine Theatre, Arkansas' oldest collegiate theatre organization. Two major productions, one in the fall and one in the spring are presented each year, as well as student productions.