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Department of Theatre and Dance

Leigh Selting, Department Head
205 Fine Arts Center
Phone: (307) 766-2198, FAX: (307) 766-2197
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/thd/

Professors

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.
LOU ANNE WRIGHT, B.A. California State University-Northridge 1990; M.F.A. National Theatre Conservatory 1993; Professor of Theatre and Dance 2007, 1994.

Associate Professor

CECILIA ARAGÓN, B.S. McMurry University 1991; M.A. University of New Mexico 1996; Ph.D. Arizona State University 2003; Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance 2011, 2005.
JENNIFER DECKERT, B.F.A. University of Utah 2003; M.F. A. 2005; Assocaite Professor of Theatre and Dance 2013, 2007.
CASEY KEARNS, B.A. Chadron State College; M.F.A. University of Kansas; Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance 2011, 2005.
MARGARET WILSON, B.A. University of Wyoming 1981; M.S. 1987; Ph.D. Texas Woman's University 2007; Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance 2008, 2005.

Assistant Professors

SHARON HUIZINGA, B.A. University of Wyoming 1998; M.F.A. University of British Columbia 2012; Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance 2013.
KEVIN INOUYE,
B.A. Earlham College 1998; M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University 2012; Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance 2014.

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.

Programs

B.A. with Theatre Concentration

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

Courses

Hours

THEA 1040 Production Crew I

0.5

THEA 1100 Beginning Acting

3

THEA 1200 Introduction to Stage Design

3

THEA 2010 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama I

3

THEA 2020 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama II

3

THEA 2040 Production Crew II

0.5

THEA 2220 Stagecraft

3

THEA 2800 Stage Lighting I

3

THEA 3730 Intermediate Acting

3

THEA 3740 Acting Styles

3

THEA 3810 Scene Design

3

THEA 3820 Stage Costuming I

3

THEA 4820 Directing I

3

THEA 4930 Theatre History I

3

THEA 4940 Theatre History II

3

Theatre majors are limited to no more than 50 credits in the major field of which a minimum of 15 must be at the 4000-level.

B.A. with Dance Concentration

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

Courses

Hours

THEA 1021 Academic and Pro Issues in Dance

1

THEA 1040 Production Crew I

0.5

THEA 1200 Intro to Stage Design

3

THEA 1405 Intro to Pilates Training

1

THEA 1420 Ballet I/II

1

THEA 1440 Modern Dance I/II

1

THEA 1450 Beginning Tap Dance

1

THEA 2040 Production Crew II

0.5

THEA 2050 Theatre Practice

1

THEA 2200 Background of Dance

3

THEA 2480 Jazz II

1

THEA 3021 Foundations of Teaching Dance

1

THEA 3100 Kinesiology for Dance

3

THEA 3410 Classical Ballet III/I

1

THEA 3420 Classical Ballet III/II

1

THEA 3430 Modern Dance III/I

1

THEA 3440 Modern Dance III/II

1

THEA 3480 Jazz III/I

1

THEA 4010 Advanced Ballet

4

THEA 4030 Advanced Modern Dance

4

Plus 8 credits in any combination of 4010 and 4030
THEA 4200 20th Century Dance

3

THEA 4250 Beginning Dance Composition

2

THEA 4260 Intermdediate Dance Composition

2

THEA 4880 Dance Pedagogy I

1

LIFE 1010 General Biology

4

HLED 1221 Standard First Aid and Personal Safety

2

ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy

4

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 Production Crew I

0.5

THEA 1100 Beginning Acting

3

THEA 1200 Introduction to Stage Design

3

THEA 2010 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama I

3

THEA 2020 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama II

3

THEA 2040 Production Crew II

0.5

THEA 2220 Stagecraft

3

THEA 2800 Stage Lighting I

3

THEA 3730 Intermediate Acting 

3

THEA 3740 Acting Styles

3

THEA 3810 Scene Design

3

THEA 3820 Stage Costuming I

3

THEA 4820 Directing I

3

THEA 4830 Directing II

3

THEA 4930 Theatre History I

3

THEA 4940 Theatre History II

3

ENGL 2000 Level Literature Surveys

6

ENGL 4000 Level Literature Surveys

9

ENGL 4110 or 4120

3

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Acting Concentration (Preprofessional)

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

ENGL 4000 Level Literature Surveys

0.5

THEA 1100 Beginning Acting

3

THEA 1200 Intro to Stage Design

3

THEA 1700 Voice for the Actor

2

THEA 2010 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama I

3

THEA 2020 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama II

3

THEA 2040 Production Crew II

0.5

THEA 2160 Stage Makeup

2

THEA 2170 Speech for the Actor

3

THEA 2220 Stagecraft

3

THEA 3720 Stage Movement/Combat I

2

THEA 3730 Intermediate Acting

3

THEA 3740 Acting Styles

3

THEA 3750 Acting for the Camera

3

THEA 3790 Stage Management

3

THEA 3950 Dialects for the Actor

3

THEA 4710 Advanced Scene Study

3

THEA 4720 Auditioning and Professional Issues

3

THEA 4730 Stage Movement/Combat II

2

THEA 4820 Directing I

3

THEA 4930 Theatre History I

3

THEA 4940 Theatre History II

3

And 3 hours from the following: 
THEA 1410 Ballet I

1

THEA 1430 Modern Dance I

1

THEA 1450 Beginning Tap Dance

1

THEA 1480 Beginning Jazz

1

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Dance Performance Concentration (Preprofessional)

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 Academic and Professional Issues in Dance

1

THEA 1040 Production Crew I

0.5

THEA 1100 Beginning Acting

3

THEA 1200 Introduction to Stage Design

3

THEA 1405 Introduction to Pilates Training

1

THEA 1420 Ballet I/II

1

THEA 1440 Modern Dance I/II

1

THEA 1450 Beginning Tap Dance

1

THEA 2040 Production Crew II

0.5

THEA 2050 Theatre Practice

1

THEA 2160 Stage Makeup or

2

THEA 2800 Stage Lighting I or

3

THEA 3820 Stage Costuming I

1

THEA 2200 Background of Dance

3

THEA 2450 Tap II

1

THEA 2480 Jazz II

1

THEA 3021 Foundations of Dance Pedagogy

1

THEA 3100 Kinesiology for Dance

3

THEA 3410 Classical Ballet III/I

1

THEA 3420 Classical Ballet III/II

1

THEA 3430 Modern Dance III/I

1

THEA 3440 Modern Dance III/II

1

THEA 3480 Jazz III

1

THEA 3490 Jazz IV

1

THEA 4001 Historical Dance

2

THEA 4010 Advanced Ballet

4

THEA 4030 Advanced Modern Dance

4

(Additional 8 credits in any combination of 4010 and 4030)

8

THEA 4200 20th Century Dance

3

THEA 4250 Beginning Dance Composition

2

THEA 4260 Intermediate Dance Composition

2

THEA 4700 Auditioning and Careers in Dance

1

THEA 4880 Dance Pedagogy I

1

THEA 4880 Dance Pedagogy II

1

THEA 4950 Senior Thesis or

3

THEA 4990 Senior Project

2

THEA 4990 Summer Study or

1-3

AS 4990 Internship: Snowy Range Dance

1-3

The following courses outside the department are also required:
LIFE 1010 General Biology

4

HLED 1221 Standard First Aid and Personal Safety

2

ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy

4

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Dance Science Concentration (Preprofessional)

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 Academic and Professional Issues in Dance

1

THEA 1040 Production Crew I

0.5

THEA 1200 Introduction to Stage Design

3

THEA 1405 Introduction to Pilates Training

1

THEA 1420 Ballet I/II

1

THEA 1440 Modern Dance I/II

1

THEA 1450 Beginning Tap Dance

1

THEA 2040 Production Crew II

0.5

THEA 2050 Theatre Practice

1

THEA 2200 Background of Dance

3

THEA 2480 Jazz II

1

THEA 3021 Dance Pedagogy

1

THEA 3100 Kinesiology for Dance

3

THEA 3410 Classical Ballet III/I

1

THEA 3420 Classical Ballet III/II

1

THEA 3430 Modern Dance III/I

1

THEA 3440 Modern Dance III/II

1

THEA 3480 Jazz III

1

THEA 4010 Advanced Ballet

4

THEA 4030 Advanced Modern Dance

4

(Additional 8 credits in any combination of 4010 and 4030)
THEA 4200 20th Century Dance

3

THEA 4250 Beginning Dance Composition

2

THEA 4260 Intermediate Dance Composition

2

THEA 4880 Dance Pedagogy I

1

THEA 4990 Research Project/Capstone (1 credit - Independent Study Research Methods; 2 credits - Senior Research Project)

3

The following courses outside the department are also required: 
LIFE 1010 General Biology

4

KIN 3050 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

2

ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy

4

PSYC 1000 General Psychology

4

FCSC 1140 Introduction to Nutrition or

2

FCSC 1141 Principles of Nutrition

3

KIN 2030 Motor Learning or

3

KIN 3034 Lifespan Motor Development

3

KIN 3037 Sports Psychology or

3

KIN 3038 Exercise Psychology

3

Additional upper-division required course work (minimum 6 hours from courses below): 
KIN 3021 Physiology of Exercise

4

KIN 3040 Teaching Anatomy

3

KIN 3042 Biomechanics of Human Movement

3

FCSC 3145 Sport Nutrition and Metabolism

3

FCSC 4147 Nutrition and Weight Control

3

PSYC 3120 Cognitive Psychology

3

PSYC 3250 Health Psychology

3

PSYC 4070 Motivation

3

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Design/Technical Concentration (Preprofessional)

Students in the B.F.A. degree program who are completing the Design/Technical 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/Technical Concentration:

Certain substitutions may have to be made and all scheduling of classes should be discussed with an adviser.

Courses Hours
THEA 1040 Production Crew I 0.5
THEA 1100 Beginning Acting I 3
THEA 2010 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama I 3
THEA 2020 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama II 3
THEA 2040 Production Crew II 0.5
THEA 2145 Costume Construction 3
THEA 2150 Drafting for Design 3
THEA 2220 Stagecraft 3
THEA 2250 Computer Aided Design I 3
THEA 2800 Stage Lighting I 3
THEA 2810 Scenic Painting for the Theatre 3
THEA 2990 Period Styles in Design for Theatre 3
THEA 3790 Stage Management 3
THEA 3810 Scene Design 3
THEA 3820 Stage Costuming I 3
THEA 3850 Design and Technology Seminar 2
THEA 4930 Theatre History I 3
THEA 4940 Theatre History II 3
THEA 4990 Research in Theatre 3
ART 1005 Drawing I 3
Plus 2 or the following 3 courses:
THEA 3805 Stage Lighting II 3
THEA 4810 Advanced Scenic Design 3
THEA 4850 Stage Costuming II 3
Recommended Electives:
THEA 2160 Stage Makeup 2
THEA 4820 Directing I 3
ART 2010 Art History I 3
ART 2020 Art History II 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 Production Crew I 0.5
THEA 1100 Beginning Acting 3
THEA 1200 Introduction to Stage Design 3
THEA 1300 Musical Theatre Workshop 4
THEA 1360 Fundamentals of Music for Theatre Majors 3
THEA 1700 Voice for the Actor 2
THEA 2010 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama I 3
THEA 2020 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama II 3
THEA 2040 Production Crew II 0.5
THEA 2160 Stage Makeup 2
THEA 2170 Speech for the Actor 3
THEA 2220 Stagecraft 3
THEA 2340 Musical Theatre Voice Lesson 6
THEA 3720 Intro to Stage Combat 2
THEA 3730 Intermediate Acting 3
THEA 3740 Acting Styles 3
THEA 3790 Stage Management 3
THEA 3950 Dialects for the Actor 3
THEA 4330 History of American Musical Theatre 3
THEA 4710 Advanced Scene Study 3
THEA 4720 Auditioning and Professional Issues 3
THEA 4820 Directing I 3
THEA 4940 Theatre History II 3
Plus 3 hours from the following:
THEA 1410 Ballet I/I 1
THEA 1430 Modern Dance I/I 1
THEA 1450 Beginning Tap Dance 1
THEA 1480 Beginning Jazz 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 Production Crew I

0.5

THEA 1100 Beginning Acting

3

THEA 1200 Introduction to Stage Design

3

THEA 2010 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama I

3

THEA 2020 Theatrical Backgrounds Drama II

3

THEA 2040 Production Crew II

0.5

THEA 2220 Stagecraft

3

THEA 2800 Stage Lighting I or

3

THEA 3810 Scene Design or

3

THEA 3820 Stage Costuming I

3

The following courses are required for a minor in Dance:

Courses

Hours

THEA 1040 Production Crew I

0.5

THEA 1410 Ballet I/I

1

THEA 1420 Ballet I/II

1

THEA 1430 Modern Dance I/I

1

THEA 1440 Modern Dance I/II

1

THEA 1480 Beginning Jazz

1

THEA 2040 Production Crew II

0.5

THEA 2200 Backgrounds of Dance

3

THEA 3410 Classical Ballet III/I

1

THEA 3420 Classical Ballet III/II

1

THEA 3430 Modern Dance III/I

1

THEA 3440 Modern Dance III/II

1

THEA 4010 Advanced Ballet

2

THEA 4030 Advanced Modern Dance

2

THEA 4250 Beginning Dance Composition

2

Plus 4 hours of elective in Theatre and Dance (must be 4000-level)

4

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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