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Theatre Arts Major

The world is your stage! A Theatre Arts degree from Grand View will help you combine your passion and creativity with the teamwork, ability to work under pressure and problem solving skills to make you a successful professional. These skills are highly desirable, not only in the world of theatre, but in a variety of professions. GV's Theatre program encourages you to get involved in all aspects of theatrical creation.

You'll graduate with experience both in performance and production and your broad experience will prepare you well for future success in theatre, graduate training, internships and more.

Why Grand View?

  • Shine on- or off-stage in four exciting, diverse, productions each year
  • Get hands-on experience early and often with no waiting to audition or work backstage on a production
  • Participate in the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival each year
  • Learn about all aspects of creating theatre and create a broad base of understanding/experience for your future work
  • Get involved in our vibrant chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary Theatre Society
Career Options

Theatre arts is a creative and broad industry...pursue your passion as a:

  • Technical Director
  • Performer
  • Literary Manager
  • Costume Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Scenic Designer
  • Director
  • Theatre Carpenter
  • Education / Outreach Manager
  • Theatre for Young Audiences Teacher
  • Company Manager
  • Sound Designer
  • Makeup / Hair Artist
  • Talent Agent
  • Production Manager
  • House Manager
  • Lighting Designer

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Requirements (45 credits)

THTR 101 Acting for Everyone 3 credits
THTR 110 Theatre Activity (3 semesters, 1 credit each semester) 3 credits
THTR 202 Theatre Production and Stagecraft 3 credits
THTR 220 Theatre Literature 3 credits
THTR 222 Script Analysis 3 credits
THTR 306 Design for Theatre 3 credits
THTR 332 Theatre History 3 credits
THTR 380 Directing I 3 credits
THTR 440 Theatre Studio 3 credits
THTR 461 Senior Seminar in Speech and Theatre Arts 3 credits

Additional Courses (15 credits)

ENGL 305 Shakespeare 3 credits
THTR 210 Theatrical Make-Up 3 credits
THTR 224 The Performer's Voice 3 credits
THTR 304 Acting II 3 credits
THTR 318 Acting Styles 3 credits
THTR 320 Theatre Arts for Children 3 credits
THTR 399 Internship 1 - 3 credits
THTR 430 Special Topics 1 - 4 credits
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Student Center

Renovated in 2015 the Student Center has become a central hub for students at Grand View. Home to the Communications department, the building is equipped with a radio studio, TV studio, a recording studio, and Computer labs equipped with adobe software. The Student Center also houses the Bookstore, Viking Theatre, CJ’s Place convenience store, student gathering area and the Students dining hall.

 

Awards and Accomplishments

Faculty

Kristin Larson • Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts co-founded Goldfinch Theatre, and recently produced and directed No Coast, an original play by Raygun’s Mike Draper that was a hit with the greater Des Moines community. In 2016, Kristin co-wrote Lost and Found, with her husband and writing partner Craig Petersen. Lost and Found was performed at Grand View for free to children from all over Des Moines; the production received numerous awards and was held for consideration for performance in the Regional V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Alumni

Randy Young • After serving three years as Grand View Theatre’s interim technical director and designer, Randy was accepted to the MFA program in Scenic Design at University of South Carolina.

Carmen McDermott • Received the KCACTF Costume Design commendation for her 2017 design of Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move.

Paige Beck (2016) • Theatre Arts Major graduate, is the resident stage manager for the Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines

Michael Tallman (2014) • Theatre Arts Major Graduate runs Scriptease, a play reading series for Iowa Stage in Des Moines.

Elizabeth Penrose (2012) • Theatre Arts Major Graduate is a professional Stage Manager in Chicago.

Is a Theatre Arts Major the Right Fit for You?

If you’ve ever acted in a play, you know how much work it takes to put a production together. A theatre major is your ticket to every corner of the theatre world.

Whether you specialize in acting or design, you’ll learn in class, backstage, and onstage. You’ll read, discuss, and write about all kinds of theatrical works. You’ll also get your hands dirty applying what you learn in class as you build sets, design costumes, direct, or act in department productions.

Are You Ready To...

  • Write and direct your own play?
  • Build and strike (take down) sets?
  • Analyze scripts to really get to know the character you’re playing?
  • Spend long evenings in rehearsal?

It Helps To Be...

Creative, organized, and able to manage your time well. You may be working on a paper about Shakespearean comedy while rehearsing your own performance art piece.

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