Area of Interest
Conservatory for the Performing Arts
This conservatory-style program is for students who demonstrate the talent, potential, commitment, and drive needed to pursue careers as professional theatre artists. Students have the options of having their emphasis in acting or stage management. To enrich knowledge on theatre, students in this program take courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, makeup, introductory design, and technical production. The Viterbo program is an excellent choice for those who aspire to become professional actors, or behind the scenes staff such as theatre managers.
- Students wishing to major in theatre or music theatre must audition and interview with a faculty committee.
- All theatre and music theatre students are considered “candidates” for their designated degree program through the first four semesters. The process for determining each student’s degree track includes a meeting with faculty at the end of the first year of study to make a preliminary assessment about student progress toward the desired degree program and area of emphasis. In the spring semester of the sophomore year, students meet with the faculty to formally audition or interview for entry into the upper division of their desired degree program. Transfer students also audition or interview for entry into their desired program on a timeline determined by the faculty based on individual experience and background.
- Students in all degree programs are considered part of the department’s theatre “company.” All majors are required to be actively involved in each production through design, performance, and technical support in one of the shops or in service as a member of a production crew. Through practical experiences in all aspects of theatre, students enhance their knowledge and gain a respect and appreciation for theatre as a collaborative art form.
- Students in the BFA program: of the eight total credits of required theatre practicum for the acting emphasis (four semester in the theatre core; four in the major), one semester must be a performance of a minor role, and one must be a performance of a major role.
- Students must earn a grade of C or higher in any theatre course required for the major or emphasis. Earning lower than a C will require the student to retake the course.
- Read and analyze a variety of texts for the purpose and intent of production.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the history and traditions of theatre practice.
- Make connections between academic training, classroom and studio experience, and production with the goal of a professional experience.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of research for a variety of theatrical practices.