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Theatre Arts

2022-23 Academic Catalog Page - edits in-progress

EMILY BUSHÀ, Costume Designer, Professional Faculty
B.S., Illinois State University, M.F.A, University of Iowa

SHELLEY COOPER, Assistant Professor
B.A., Hanover College; M.F.A., University of Central Florida

JEFF COUSSENS, Professor
A.B., Augustana College; M.F.A., Indiana University

JENNIFER POPPLE, Associate Professor, Chair
B.A., Drake University; M.Ed., University of Utah; Ph.D., University of Colorado

MICHAEL TURCZYNSKI, Technical Director, Professional Faculty
B.F.A., University of Iowa

Major in Theatre Arts with a Performance Concentration

31 credits including 240, 241, 242, 244, 340, 341 or 343, 460*, one additional 4 credit theatre elective at the 200 level or above and a minimum of 2 theatre practicums for 0-1 credit each.

Major in Theatre Arts with a Theatre History Concentration

31 credits including 240, 244, 301, 341, 343, 344, 460*, one additional 4 credit theatre elective at the 200 level or above and a minimum of 2 theatre practicums for 0-1 credit each.

Major in Theatre Arts with a Design & Technology Concentration

31 credits including 240, 244, 314, 315, 341 or 343, 460*, one additional 4 credit theatre elective at the 200 level or above and 4 theatre practicums for 1 credit each (106-CR, 206-CR, 306-CR and 406-CR).

Major in Theatre Arts with a Musical Theatre Concentration

31 credits including 240, 241, 244, 250, 251, 341 or 343, 344, 350, 460*; Required Supporting Music Courses: MUSC 110 or MUSC 111, 2-3 years of Voice Lessons, 2-3 years of Vocal Ensemble; a minimum of 2 theatre practicums for 0-1 credit each.

Major in Theatre Arts with a Generalist Concentration

31 credits including 240, 244, 341 or 343, 460*; one of 241, 242, or 340; 314 or 315; one of 301, 341, or 343; one of 250&251, 250&350 or 344; a minimum of 2 theatre practicums for 0-1 credit each.

*Students who complete a senior inquiry project in another major may substitute a four credit 300-400 level course in consultation with their adviser. Students may also substitute 3 credits of THEA-INTR for THEA460.

Minor in Theatre

20 credits including THEA100 plus an additional 16 credits in theatre (8 of which must be at the 300-400 level). Education majors who complete the minor in theatre arts and take an additional 4 upper division credits in theatre may earn a state endorsement to teach theatre as a second area by passing the Illinois Board of Education theatre exam.

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.


Courses (THEA)

"The Captive" play poster

Relationship drama 'The Captive' on stage April 7-10

Augustana College will present "The Captive," April 7-10, a 1926 melodrama about a woman who pretends to be with a man but is in love with a woman. 

The 39 Steps cast

'The 39 Steps' zooms onto stage March 10-13

Augustana College will present “The 39 Steps” March 10-13,  a Hitchcock masterpiece crossed with a spy novel and a dash of Monty Python.

Creators of musical will explain their process March 12

The writers and a leader actor in the upcoming "Aaron Power!", an Irish-American musical of diversity, will talk about their work at 2 p.m. March 12 at the Brunner Theatre Center on campus.