Associate Professor Gretchen Smith, Division Chair
Professors: Rhonda Blair, Kevin Paul Hofeditz, Bill Lengfelder, Stanley Wojewodski, Jr., Steve Woods
Associate Professors: Michael Connolly, Benard Cummings, Blake Hackler, Russell Parkman, Sara Romersberger, Anne Schilling, Gretchen Smith, Claudia Stephens
Assistant Professors: Kara-Lynn Vaeni
Lecturers: Brad Cassil, Marsha Grasselli
Adjunct Lecturers: Dawn Askew, Jason Biggs, Linda Blase, Steve Leary, J.D. Margetts, Melissa Panzarello, Steven Piechocki, Kathy Windrow
Costume Shop Manager: Melissa Panzarello
Costumer: Eugenie Stallings
Prop Master: JT Ringer
Scene Shop Foreman: Eliseo Gutierrez
Master Electrician: Dawn Askew
Associate Master Electrician: Steven Piechocki
Technical Director: J.D. Margetts
Assistant Technical Director: Steve Leary
Undergraduate education in the Division of Theatre reflects a commitment to the rigorous study of theatre within a liberal arts context. To this end, undergraduate theatre majors pursue coursework not only in theatre, but also in the social and natural sciences, literature, the arts and humanities, and other areas of human culture and experience. A faculty adviser works closely with each student to develop a program of study best suited to the individual’s needs and career goals. In addition, the Division of Theatre presents an annual season of public productions chosen for their timeliness, public appeal and suitability for training. Practical experience in all areas of theatre operation is considered a vital part of the educational program.
The Division of Theatre is housed in the well-equipped facilities of the Meadows School of the Arts. These facilities include the Greer Garson Theatre (a 380-seat theatre with a classical thrust stage), the Bob Hope Theatre (a 400-seat proscenium theatre), the Margo Jones Theatre (a 125-seat “black box” theatre), the Hamon Arts Library and numerous rehearsal studios.
Theatre is a dual admit program: in addition to meeting University admission criteria, prospective theatre majors at SMU are admitted to the major by audition and interview. All prospective students prepare an audition, consisting of two contrasting monologues and a song. Candidates may also be asked to demonstrate improvisational skills. Students seeking admission into the B.F.A. in Theatre Studies program may also be asked to demonstrate ability in their particular area of interest by supplying writing samples, portfolio materials, etc. Admission to the major requires both admission to SMU and admission through the theatre audition process. Note: Admission procedures for applicants seeking to transfer from other schools are the same as those for first-year applicants. Transfer students may begin work only in the fall term.
Evaluation of Progress and Artistic Growth
Students must continually demonstrate a high order of talent and commitment in both class work and production work to progress in the curriculum. At the end of each term, the faculty of the Division of Theatre evaluates each student’s progress, examining all aspects of a student’s academic and production participation. Every student meets with the faculty to receive this evaluation. An unsatisfactory evaluation is accompanied by the reasons for this evaluation and the terms for continuation in the program. An unsatisfactory evaluation may also result in a student’s immediate dismissal from the program. Only Theatre courses passed with a grade of C- or better will count toward the major in Theatre. Students cast in mainstage faculty-directed productions are expected to enroll in the appropriate rehearsal and performance laboratory course.
Degrees and Programs of Study
The Division of Theatre offers the B.F.A. degree in theatre with a specialization in theatre studies or a specialization in acting.
The following classes are open to all students: THEA 2311 , THEA 2319 , THEA 2321 , THEA 3312 , THEA 3313 , THEA 3314 , THEA 3316 , THEA 3318 , THEA 3381 , THEA 3382 , THEA 4381 , THEA 4382 , THEA 4383 , THEA 4384 , THEA 4385 , THEA 5319 . Note: There are no performance opportunities for nontheatre majors.