Disciplinary Major or Minor - www.uwgb.edu/performarts
OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM:
Theatre graduates have been successful because this program provides a rigorous artistic/academic environment for the study and production of all forms of theatre. A balanced approach to modern, experimental, musical, and classical theatre allows students to keep in touch with the traditions of the past, while looking to the future for new theatre forms.
Students pursuing the bachelor degree in Theatre will choose one of four areas of emphasis:
- Performance (acting/directing)
- Design/Technical Theatre
- Musical Theatre
- Theatre Studies
TIPS FROM THE PROFS:
(from Jeff Entwistle, Professor of Theatre)
Perhaps the most important thing to remember in the Theatre program is to "Work and play well with others." The program atmosphere is team oriented, where everyone works with and gets along with each other. NO program is going to require you to be friends with everyone and yet throughout like you will have to learn to work with a wide variety of people with different interests and goals. This is reflective of the Theatre field as a whole also. If you plan on entering this field, you will be working in a collaborative artistic environment that depends on freedom of expression and the ability of all production team members to work together toward a singular creative vision.
Connect with the Faculty Advisor in Theatre right away even if uncertain about your decision to major or minor as I can offer good advice that will take general education into account. Also, don't just rely on SIS for advising. Please stop in and see or e-mail the theatre advisor as each student situation can be quite different. SIS only lists requirements and it does not give a sense of order to your study in terms of what is best to allow students to successfully develop and mature in the program.
WHO SHOULD HAVE THIS MAJOR:
- DEDICATION. Talent, commitment, creativity, hard work, energy, and discipline are key personal qualities required for success in the Theatre program here at UW-Green Bay and in successful theater careers. Those that are truly dedicated to the profession will meet the demands of the program.
- COMMITMENT. Ask yourself these questions before choosing the Theatre major: Do you really enjoy being involved in theatre? Do you think you can probably have a career in Business or Communications? Career opportunities are as possible in Theatre as they are in any other field. Commitment and dedication is necessary to any serious career. Do you think you could have a career in Theatre? If you answered yes to these, then Theatre might be the right choice for you!
- CHALLENGE. Theatre majors must complete an interdisciplinary minor. Although many students majoring in Theatre will select an interdisciplinary minor or even a double major in Arts Management there are a number of very common and effective interdisciplinary minors that are excellent to add breadth to a student's professional preparation.
- Common minors are
Design Arts - This is an ideal minor for theatre design ad technology students. The skills are directly applicable to the theatre design and production process. The only difficulty is that both Theatre and Design Arts are so demanding in the upper level curriculum that it is usually necessary to complete an addition semester or academic year to complete this exceptional combination of programs.
Humanistic Studies - The Literature base of this minor is a perfect match for Theatre.
Women's Studies - So much of 20th century theatre literature has emphasized a woman's perspective and this can support any area of theatrical preparation.
Human Development - We have had a number of Stage Management and Directing Students who have thoroughly enjoyed and utilized this minor to compliment their theatre preparation. It is an art form completely focused on the human condition and what better minor to prepare directors.
Social Change and Development - so often theatre is an art form with a social conscience and this combination of preparation and education brings a broader world view to work on theatre productions.
Education - There is an increasing number of students interested in teaching theatre at the High School level they complete a minor in Secondary Education
Urban Studies - We have had numerous Design students follow this interdisciplinary minor. It adds a wonderful social perspective to the development of visual environments theatrical design.
We have certainly had students follow other interdisciplinary minors (Yes even a few Human Biology minors) but this list shows the most common combinations of Theatre Major and Interdisciplinary Minor
What useful job skills are experienced through this major that are applicable to an endless array of career options:
An undergraduate liberal arts education is essential to virtually all career options. An undergraduate college education ios not just about developing specific detailed job skills but it is about becoming an educated person that allows you to bring a broader human perspective to whatever job you may eventually work in. However, a Theatre education will not only allow you to develop in that fashion but you will absolutely develop professional skills that are applicable in the widest variety of careers.
- ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS - Theatre helps develop the confidence that's essential to speaking clearly, lucidly, and thoughtfully.
Acting prepares you to speak effectively in public. Collaborative crew experiences offer opportunities in developing clear, precise, and well-organized oral communication skills. These skills are highly sought after by many employers.
- CREATIVE THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS – Creative thinking and advanced problem solving techniques are used as a foundation of Theatre training and practice in virtually every aspect of theatre.
- QUALITY & CARRY THROUGH – Theatre is a field based on “Deadlines” and live performance before a paying public helps assure concern for quality control in all areas. All production tasks must be completed in a professional and timely manner. There is no option to delay completion as opening night never goes away.
- MOTIVATION & COMMITMENT - Theatre productions and classes demand commitment and motivation. Theatre teaches students that success comes to those who are highly committed to the task at hand and who are willing to work together. These are highly sought after and transferable qualities useful in all careers.
- COLLABORATION & TEAMWORK – Theatre by its very nature demands that a anyone working on a project is an integral member of the production team. The final product could never be successfully completed without every member working toward the same quality goal.
- INDEPENDENT THINKERS – During the construction process in all aspects of production individuals must bring their individual skills to bear on an entire production and each individual aspect must be worked in as a cohesive part of the whole.
- TIME-MANAGEMENT SKILLS – Theatre Students must balance full course loads like their peers in other programs and they must also participate fully outside of class time on a myriad of production responsibilities both back stage and on stage. Time management skills are enormously important to employers.
- INITIATIVE – All careers demand a great deal of initiative of personnel. No Theatre production can be completed without this quality be ing shared and practiced by all team members.
- PROMPTNESS & RESPECT FOR DEADLINES – Essentially in Theatre you are on time if you arrive five minutes early. Every aspect of theatre demands preparation and efficient use of time. It also demands a respect for the time and active involvement of all others on the project as well. It is understood by all that one arrives on time and one must honor deadlines
- RECOGNITION AND RESPECT FOR RULES AND GUIDELINES – Due to the nature of theatre production and recognition of the seriousness of Theatre Safety it is imperative that all company members recognize ad follow all company and support space rules and guidelines to work together in a mutually supportive and safe environment.
- ABILITY TO LISTEN AND LEARN QUICKLY AND APPLY SKILLS - Work in university theatre teaches and demands the ability to grasp complex matters in a short period of time, which is a highly-valued trait to all employers. The ability to listen effectively and carefully to specific and important instruction is an essential skill required for a successful production.
- RESPECT FOR COLLEAGUES AND AUTHORITY – Team members and collaborators can only be successful if they share a mutual respect for each other. Additionally each area of theatre production has an ultimate leader or authority figure and respect for that chain of command is essential to a good working relationship.
- ADAPTABILITY & FLEXIBILITY – To be successful Theatre students must be willing to try new ideas, accept new challenges, and have the ability to adapt to constantly changing situations and conditions. Not only in the study of multiple areas of specialty but due to the nature of live performance one must be ready for anything that might require an immediate reaction ad solution.
- THE ABILITY TO WORK UNDER PRESSURE – The long hours and production deadlines create an environment that can be stressful and demanding and one of the most important outcomes of a theatre education is developing the ability to successfully cope with those pressures while developing a quality product.
- A SENSE OF PERSONAL DISCIPLINE - Theatre demands additional time and responsibility that a great many students on college campuses are not forced to handle on a regular basis. Theatre students learn how to accept responsibility and to complete their tasks and that it does not come easy.
- GOAL-ORIENTED APPROACH TO WORK - Many aspects of theatre involve setting and achieving specific goals. In employer's terms, you've learned to be task-oriented and capable of finding practical ways to achieve goals.
- DEDICATION – Quite possibly the single most important aspect of working in the Theatre. Theatre students discover that committing oneself to a given task is deeply rewarding. Employers respect workers who have learned the value of dedication.
- LEADERSHIP SKILLS and a WILLINGNESS AND ABILITY TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY - Theatre students often have opportunities seldom given to students in other disciplines--the chance to take on sole responsibility for a special project. Being a production a crew head...stage manager...a designer...a director. Students with other majors seldom experience anything even close to this level of responsibility. Cab you think of other academic programs that expect and give an opportunity for students to put professional skills to work for a large number of community and university audience members who have paid to see the results of their work.
Leadership training like this can open the possibility for comparable opportunities in any company that hires you. Can you think of any other major that offers this opportunity?
- Self-Confidence - Theatre training allows you and teaches you to develop confidence in yourself. Your accomplishments in theatre show you that you can handle a variety of jobs, pressures, difficulties and responsibilities. You will develop a "Yes, I can!" attitude. Any employer in any field will treasure that personality trait.
- Enjoyment -- "This is Fun!" - Most of us who have developed our professional careers working in Theatre have at one time or another determined that if we are going to work incredibly hard at our profession it is going to have to bring us many personal rewards. Not the least of which is the sheer enjoyment of the theatrical process - The joy of watching an audience react to the work you have completed - the joy of working in a collaborative artistic environment with other professionals also focused ion the success of the whole. Most importantly the work that we complete together in Theatre at its core is founded on the concept of making this world a better place. We are bringing joy and meaning to people's lives and prompting them to think about the human condition.
- Theatre Majors also are prepared for a professional career in theatre. Theatre students learn to use their voices and bodies and minds and hearts to bring stories to life on stage. Students will not typically follow such a demanding four-year course of theatre study because it will make them good candidates for employment in other fields. But it will allow all students to develop those kind of highly regarded professional and relatable job skills.
Far more than any other major, theatre is excellent training for virtually any job.
WHO SHOULD HAVE THIS MINOR:
Some majors that work well with the Theatre minor are Education, Arts Management, Design Arts, Humanistic Studies, Human Development, and Business Administration.
WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS MAJOR AT UWGB:
- EXPERIENCE. Theatre faculty members at UW-Green Bay believe that the best way to learn theatre is to create theatre. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the four mainstage productions offered each year and to become active in the student Alternate Theatre organization that annually creates several productions. The theatre program is continually involved with the Kennedy Center's American Theatre Festival which aims to identify and promote quality in university theatrical production. New York Spring Break Theatre trips!
- EXCELLENCE. The UW-Green Bay campus has excellent facilities for Theatre majors and minors to practice their art. This includes the 450-seat University Theatre, the smaller, flexible Experimental Theatre space, an acting studio, a dance studio, and scene and costume shops. Also included is the 2,000-seat Weidner Center for the Performing, as well as Studio One at the Weidner Center, which is used for theatre, dance, and voice classes. The newer Jean Weidner Studio Theatre, which is a flexible studio performance space solely for Theatre and Music programs.
- FACULTY. The Theatre faculty is highly involved in the students’ education, both inside and outside of the classroom. Students get the personal attention and guidance they need to succeed in the program and in the field.
- REWARDS. Theatre Student Scholarships are available for declared majors and minors in Theatre. Scholarship selection is based on strength in the classroom (minimum 3.0 GPA) and leadership and participation in the production program. In the past few years there have been more special "Named" scholarships with monies donated to the university expressly for Theatre Students at UWGB. Our Theatre "First Nighters" are a group of Special supporters of the theatre program whose donations afford scholarships as well as the opportunity to bring in guest artists to work with students or to purchase specialized equipment that cannot be afforded with the base theatre budget. We have special opening night receptions where these supporters get to meet our students and all theatre students enjoy free food - What is strike without Pizza.
SKILLS & ABILITIES GAINED WITH THIS MAJOR:
- RESULTS. Although students select a specific emphasis with the Theatre major, in an effort to broaden the Theatre education, students will learn from all aspects of the program. The end result is a student who has a certain specialization in Theatre, but also has a diverse knowledge of the whole field. Furthermore, students also broaden their perspective and education in the field by learning about the history of Theatre.
- SKILLS YOU NEED. Students gain excellent communication skills, both oral and written in the Theatre program. Communication skills are the most important and sought after skill that employers look for in candidates!
- UNDERSTANDING. In an effort to enhance the experience of both the performers and the audience, students in the Performance emphasis gain an understanding of human behavior and psychology. To better understand the environmental, cultural, and societal perspectives in both design and performance emphases, the careful selection of general education courses with your theatre advisor is integral to the depth and breadth of your theatre education.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MAJOR:
UW-Green Bay theatre graduates typically go on to graduate programs in acting, directing, or in design/technical theatre. Students may also find gainful employment in professional theatre by working in resident companies, children's theatre, community theatre, lm companies, and summer stock.
Use the following as an idea list, and remember that they represent some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider in Theatre. As noted earlier the skills are applicable to a myriad of other careers as well.
Acting Coach, Actor, Actress, Advertising/Marketing Specialist, Agent, Announcer, Art Director, Broadcast Journalist, Business Manager, Casting Director, Copy Writer, Costume Designer, Critic, Director, Drama Coach, Equipment Operator, Exhibit/Display Designer, Instructor/Theater Arts, Lighting Designer, Make-up Artist, Media Planner, Model, Narrator, Playwright, Producer, Prop Manager, Radio/TV Announcer, Rigger, Scene Painter, Script Coach, Script Manager, Set Designer, Sound Designer, Stage Manager, Stunt Coordinator, Talent Manager, Theater Manager, Writer/Editor…
Want to know more about the nature of the work, working conditions, earnings, training, and job outlook? Then check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook @ http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm
LINKS TO GRAD PROGRAMS:
- Peterson’s.com. The most comprehensive and heavily traveled education resource on the web. http://www.petersons.com/
- Graduate School Guide. The comprehensive on-line guide to doctoral, masters, and professional programs. http://www.schoolguides.com
- Gradschools.com. The most comprehensive online source of Graduate School Information. http://www.gradschools.com/
- Or you can try any of the following search engine sites for information on the graduate school program of your choice! http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.infoseek.com, or http://www.snap.com
LINKS TO WEB SITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- American Association of Community Theatre. Exists to enable community theatres across the country to become the cornerstones of the creative life of their communities. Homepage @ http://www.aact.org/
- American Theatre Works. A non-profit corporation for the performing arts. Homepage @ http://www.theatredirectories.com/
- United Scenic Artists. Represents designers and scenic artists nationwide. Homepage @ http://www.usa829.org/
- Playbill On-Line. The theatre resource on the web for Broadway theatre. Homepage @ http://www.playbill.com/
- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftpersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, film and television production. http://www.iatse.lm.com/
- Theater-Express Magazine. Serving the theater community and their audiences: casting calls, reviews, show listings and more. http://www.theater-express.com/
LINKS FOR MORE HELP:
- Make sure you check out UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Department homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/performarts/theatre/theatre.htm
- For course listings and descriptions for Theatre and other disciplines, check out UW-Green Bay’s Programs of Study page @ http://www.uwgb.edu/catalog/undrgrad/programs.htm
- More help is available on-campus at the Career Services Office at SS 1600, 465-2163. Homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/careers
- Contact Academic Advising at SS 1600, 465-2362. Homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/advising·
- Another service for UW System students on the Web is UW HELP On-Line. This service provides in-depth information on the programs of the UW System. You can find them at @ http://www.uwhelp.wisconsin.edu