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Department of Theatre and Dance

Leigh Selting, Department Head
2099 Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts
Phone: (307) 766-5100
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/thd/

Professors

CECILIA ARAGÓN, B.S. McMurry University 1991; M.A. University of New Mexico 1996; Ph.D. Arizona State University 2003; Professor of Theatre and Dance 2017, 2005.
WILLIAM MISSOURI DOWNS,
B.S. Northern Michigan University 1977; M.F.A. University of Illinois 1980; M.F.A. University of California-Los Angeles 1988; Professor of Theatre and Dance 2004, 1994.
LEE HODGSON, B.A. University of Wyoming 1977; M.A. 1980; M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts 1983; Professor of Theatre and Dance 2000, 1987.
MARSHA F. KNIGHT, B.F.A. University of Utah 1979; M.F.A. 1983; Professor of Theatre and Dance 1998, 1984.
LEIGH SELTING, B.A. University of Nebraska at Kearney 1983; M.F.A. University of Idaho 1985; Professor of Theatre and Dance 1999, 1989.
MARGARET WILSON, B.A. University of Wyoming 1981; M.S. 1987; Ph.D. Texas Woman's University 2007; Professor of Theatre and Dance 2016, 2005.
LOU ANNE WRIGHT, B.A. California State University-Northridge 1990; M.F.A. National Theatre Conservatory 1993; Professor of Theatre and Dance 2007, 1994.

Assistant Professors

PATRICK KONESKO, B.A. Saginaw Valley University 2008; M.A. Bowling Green State University 2009; Ph.D. 2013; Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance 2015.
SCOTT TEDMON-JONES, B.F.A. University of Wyoming 2001; M.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University 2010; Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance 2018.

Adjunct Professor

Neil F. Humphrey

Degrees Offered

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers curricula leading to the B.A. degree and the Bachelor of Fine Arts; and courses which fulfill a part of University Studies and various colleges' requirements, including the College of Arts and Sciences.

Curricula

Students may not take a course for S/U credit to satisfy course requirements in the major. This does not apply to courses offered for S/U only. Requirements for students majoring in the areas of the department are indicated below.

Theatre

The study of theatre provides students with a broad understanding of the art of theatre appropriate to theatre's position as a fine art in a liberal arts college. The study of theatre is considered to provide a basis for more specialized theatre study in a graduate or professional school. The liberal arts education in theatre together with extensive experience in the production program also provides the foundation for a professional career in theatre, motion pictures, or television drama for those individuals with special desires and abilities. Secondary teaching certification in theatre can be obtained through this program of study.

Dance

The dance concentration within the Department of Theatre and Dance is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in the humanities and specific emphasis in performance and production aspects of dance. Students pursuing this course of study will have opportunities to attain technical competency in ballet and/or modern dance, to perform in yearly dance productions, to obtain practical experience in the fundamentals of teaching dance and to gain experience in technical theatre as an aid to dance production. The program seeks to provide a comprehensive view of dance as an artistically expressive medium, as well as a creative and recreational tool to human expression.

Students completing this program will qualify for more advanced private instruction as well as advanced academic instruction.

All dance students are matriculated into the BA degree.  Students wishing to apply for the BFA in Dance Performance or BFA in Dance Science do so the second semester of their freshman year.

Students must receive a C or better in all courses designated THEA to satisfy department degree requirements. A student’s transfer courses in Theatre and Dance must also reflect a C or better to be accepted for credit. A grade of C- does not meet the requirement.

Programs

B.A. with Theatre Track

These are the required courses for a B.A. with Theatre Track. Certain substitutions may have to be made and all scheduling of classes should be discussed with an adviser.

Courses Hours
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1100 3
THEA 1200 3
THEA 2010 3
THEA 2020 3
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2150 3
THEA 2220 3
THEA 2800 3
THEA 3730 3
THEA 3740 3
THEA 3810 3
THEA 3820 3
THEA 4820 3
THEA 4930 3
THEA 4940 3
Foreign Language 8

B.A. with Dance Track

These are the required courses for a B.A. with Dance Track. Certain substitutions may have to be made and all scheduling of classes should be discussed with an adviser.

Courses Hours
THEA 1021 1
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1200 3
THEA 1405 1
THEA 1450 1
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2050 1
THEA 2200 3
THEA 2410 1.5
THEA 2420 1.5
THEA 2430 1.5
THEA 2440 1.5
THEA 2480 1
THEA 3021 1
THEA 3100 3
THEA 3410 1.5
THEA 3420 1.5
THEA 3430 1.5
THEA 3440 1.5
THEA 3480 1
THEA 4010 4
THEA 4030 4
Plus 8 credits in any combination of 4010 and 4030
THEA 4200 3
THEA 4250 2
THEA 4260 2
THEA 4880 1
LIFE 1000 or LIFE 1010 or ANTH 1100 4
KIN 2040 4
Foreign Language 8
First Aid/CPR 0

Bachelor of Fine Arts

This degree program in theatre and dance permits 60-70 credits in the major field. It is designed primarily for students who seek additional professional training in theatre and dance or who wish to enter M.F.A. graduate programs.

Students seeking the professional degree will be expected to meet degree requirements as specified by the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may substitute advanced theatre and dance courses for university electives.

For other requirements consult with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Theatre/English Concentration

This degree program permits a total of 60-70 credits in the major. It is designed primarily for those desiring to pursue professional education courses and certification to programs.

These are the required courses for a B.F.A. with Theatre/English Concentration. Certain substitutions may have to be made and all scheduling of classes should be discussed with an adviser.

Courses Hours
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1100 3
THEA 1200 3
THEA 2010 3
THEA 2020 3
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2150 3
THEA 2220 3
THEA 2800 3
THEA 3730 3
THEA 3740 3
THEA 3810 3
THEA 3820 3
THEA 4820 3
THEA 4830 3
THEA 4930 3
THEA 4940 3
ENGL 2000 6
ENGL 4000 9
ENGL 4110 or 4120 3
Foreign Language 8

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Acting Concentration

This degree program permits a total of 60-70 credits in the major. It is designed primarily for those desiring to pursue additional pre-professional training in theatre and dance or for those preparing to enter M.F.A. graduate programs.

These are the required courses for a B.F.A. with Acting Concentration. Certain substitutions may have to be made and all scheduling of classes should be discussed with an adviser.

Courses Hours
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1100 3
THEA 1200 3
THEA 1700 2
THEA 2010 3
THEA 2020 3
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2160 2
THEA 2170 3
THEA 2220 3
THEA 2720 2
THEA 2790 3
THEA 3730 3
THEA 3740 3
THEA 3750 3
THEA 3950 3
THEA 4710 3
THEA 4720 3
THEA 4730 2
THEA 4820 3
THEA 4930 3
THEA 4940 3
Foreign Language 8
And 3 hours from the following: 
THEA 1410 1
THEA 1430 1
THEA 1450 1
THEA 1480 1

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Dance Performance Concentration

This program permits a total of 71-74 credits in the major. It is designed primarily for students in dance who wish to pursue additional preprofessional training in theatre and dance or for those preparing to enter M.F.A. graduate programs.

The BFA in Dance Performance is a professionally oriented degree for students interested in a career of performing or choreographing  In addition to specific course work, BFA students complete a senior project which provides summation and synthesis to their training.  Admission to the BFA is by application only. Students will be required to submit an application no sooner than spring of their freshman year and interview during the end of the spring semester. All students admitted to the BFA program are considered on provisional status in their first year in the program, and are evaluated on a yearly basis on maintaining a 3.0 GPA in dance required courses, demonstrating appropriate progress in artistic and technical growth and active participation in the Department of Theatre and Dance productions and research. Students wishing to apply for the BFA in Dance Performance  do so the second semester of their freshman year.

These are the required courses for a B.F.A. with Dance Performance Concentration. Certain substitutions may have to be made and all scheduling of classes should be discussed with an adviser.

Courses Hours
THEA 1021 1
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1100 3
THEA 1200 3
THEA 1405 1
THEA 1450 1
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2050 1
THEA 2160 or THEA 2800 or THEA 3820 2-3
THEA 2200 3
THEA 2410 1.5
THEA 2420 1.5
THEA 2430 1.5
THEA 2440 1.5
THEA 2450 1
THEA 2480 1
THEA 3021 1
THEA 3100 3
THEA 3410 1.5
THEA 3420 1.5
THEA 3430 1.5
THEA 3440 1.5
THEA 3480 1
THEA 3490 1
THEA 4001 2
THEA 4010 4
THEA 4030 4
Plus 8 credits total in any combination of 4010 and 4030
THEA 4200 3
THEA 4250 2
THEA 4260 2
THEA 4700 1
THEA 4880 1
THEA 4880 1
THEA 4950 or THEA 4960 2
THEA 4990 or AS 4990 1-3
LIFE 1000 or LIFE 1010 or ANTH 1100 4
KIN 2040 4
Foreign Language 8
First Aid/CPR 0

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Dance Science Concentration

This program permits a total of 78 credits in the major. It is designed primarily for students in dance who wish to pursue additional preprofessional training in theatre and dance or for those preparing to enter M.F.A. graduate programs.

The BFA in Dance Science is a professionally oriented degree for students interested in a career of  dance research and wish to pursue some aspect of the science field in relation to dance. In addition to specific course work, BFA students complete a senior project which provides summation and synthesis to their training.  Admission to the BFA is by application only. Students will be required to submit an application no sooner than spring of their freshman year and interview during the end of the spring semester. All students admitted to the BFA program are considered on provisional status in their first year in the program, and are evaluated on a yearly basis on maintaining a 3.0 GPA in dance required courses, demonstrating appropriate progress in artistic and technical growth and active participation in the Department of Theatre and Dance productions and research. Students wishing to apply for the BFA in Dance Science do so the second semester of their freshman year.

These are the required courses for a B.F.A. with Dance Science Concentration. Certain substitutions may have to be made and all scheduling of classes should be discussed with an adviser.

Courses Hours
THEA 1021 1
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1200 3
THEA 1405 1
THEA 1450 1
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2050 1
THEA 2200 3
THEA 2410 1.5
THEA 2420 1.5
THEA 2430 1.5
THEA 2440 1.5
THEA 2480 1
THEA 3021 1
THEA 3100 3
THEA 3410 1.5
THEA 3420 1.5
THEA 3430 1.5
THEA 3440 1.5
THEA 3480 1
THEA 4010 4
THEA 4030 4
Plus 8 credits total in any combination of 4010 and 4030
THEA 4200 3
THEA 4250 2
THEA 4260 2
THEA 4880 1
THEA 4990 3
LIFE 1000 4
KIN 2040 4
KIN 3050 2
PSYC 1000 4
FCSC 1141 3
KIN 4020 or KIN 3034 3
KIN 3037 or KIN 3038 3
Foreign Language 8
First Aid & Personal Safety Certification 0
Additional upper-division required course work
(minimum 6 hours from courses below):
 
KIN 3021 4
KIN 3040 3
KIN 3042 3
FCSC 3145 3
FCSC 4147 3
PSYC 3120 3
PSYC 3250 3
PSYC 4070 3

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Design Techn Management Concentration

Students in the B.F.A. degree program who are completing the Design Tech Management concentration will have the option of petitioning for permission to serve on the production staff of a departmental production as a designer or technician. Ordinarily, the petition would be submitted to the departmental faculty during the student’s junior year and the project would be completed during the student’s senior year. This project would be done under THEA 4880 or 4990 for 1 to 3 hours of credit.

These are the required courses for a B.F.A. with Design Tech Management Concentration. Certain substitutions may have to be made and all scheduling of classes should be discussed with an adviser.

Courses Hours
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1100 3
THEA 1200 3
THEA 2010 3
THEA 2020 3
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2150 3
THEA 2220 3
THEA 2250 3
THEA 2790 3
THEA 2800 3
THEA 2990 3
THEA 3000 6
THEA 3730 3
THEA 3805 3
THEA 3810 3
THEA 3820 3
THEA 3850 2
THEA 4810 3
THEA 4820 3
THEA 4850 3
THEA 4930 3
THEA 4940 3
Recommended Electives
THEA 2145 3
THEA 2160 3
THEA 2810 3
THEA 2990 3
ART 2010 3
ART 2020 3

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Theatre and Dance (Musical Theatre Performance Concentration)

The following are the required courses for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance (Musical Theatre):

Courses Hours
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1100 3
THEA 1200 3
THEA 1300 4
THEA 1360 3
THEA 1700 2
THEA 2010 3
THEA 2020 3
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2160 2
THEA 2170 3
THEA 2220 3
THEA 2340 6
THEA 2720 2
THEA 2790 3
THEA 3730 3
THEA 3740 3
THEA 3950 3
THEA 4330 3
THEA 4710 3
THEA 4720 3
THEA 4820 3
THEA 4930 3
Foreign Language 8
Plus 3 hours from the following:
THEA 1410 1
THEA 1430 1
THEA 1450 1
THEA 1480 1
Plus two additional dance courses in an area of choice.

Minor Programs

The following courses are required for a minor in Theatre:

Courses Hours
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1100 3
THEA 1200 3
THEA 2010 3
THEA 2020 3
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2220 3
THEA 2800 or THEA 3810* or THEA 3820 3
Plus 3 hours of electives in Theatre and Dance
(must be 4000 level or above)

*THEA 2150 is a prerequisite for THEA 3810.

The following courses are required for a minor in Dance:

Courses Hours
THEA 1040 0.5
THEA 1410 1
THEA 1420 1
THEA 1430 1
THEA 1440 1
THEA 1480 1
THEA 2040 0.5
THEA 2200 3
THEA 3410 1
THEA 3420 1
THEA 3430 1
THEA 3440 1
THEA 4010 2
THEA 4030 2
THEA 4250 2
Plus 4 hours of electives in Theatre and Dance
(must be 4000-level)

 

Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available to interested majors in theatre or within the dance option. The University Theatre also maintains a summer company. Applications should be sent to the Department of Theatre and Dance, Dept. 3951, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071.

Departmental Activities/Organizations

The department sponsors one of the largest all-student activities on campus. Nearly 250 students take part in its productions each season. All students are eligible to participate in its productions through auditions.

Productions are mounted in the Center for the Fine Arts which includes a flexible pro-scenium theatre and an experimental-studio theatre complete with scene and costume support facilities.

Auditions, open to all university students, are publicly announced for each production. Qualified students may receive credit in performance and production areas (THEA 2050).

The Wyoming Summer Theatre presents a season of plays of varying types during the summer session. Theatre majors and minors are urged to spend at least one summer working with this group.

Theatre and Dance (THEA) Courses

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