What can I do and where will it take me?

Although all of the courses and productions at PC are open to all students, we build our program and our plays around our majors and minors. Because we are a small department we know all of our students and choose the themes to explore by their expressed interests. The major in theatre studies consists of 33 hours of course work and a 1 hour internship, augmented by your experiences in the theatre as we create our new work. As a theatre major or minor, you will choose an adviser who will help you personalize your course of study.

We have an ongoing relationship with Theatre 99 in Charleston and regularly take our Devised Theatre and Theatre for Social Change classes there for workshops in script development. We subsidize trips for our majors to see theatre in Greenville, Charleston and Atlanta as part of their course work and we regularly participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Major in Theatre Studies

Students majoring in theatre studies are required to complete 34 semester hours, including

  • THEA 1000, 1200, 1300, 2103 or 2104, 2300 or 2301,
  • THEA 4000 or 4001,
  • THEA 4007 for a minimum of one semester hour;
  • and fifteen hours of electives chosen from
    • THEA 1400 or 1401, 2100, 2101, 2103 or 2104, 2300 or 2301, 3000 or 3001, 4002, or 4005.

Theatre Studies major card

Minor in Theatre Studies

The minor in theatre studies consists of a total of 18 hours, including

  • THEA 1000
  • THEA 1200
  • THEA 1300
  • and nine additional hours of THEA course electives, including THEA 1400 or 1401.

Theatre Studies minor card

The classes in the Theatre Department are designed as a cohesive program focused on teaching students how to create new works. We offer a major and minor in theatre studies and no audition is necessary to be a theatre major. Many of our students combine their theatre studies major with a major in another subject. At PC, all theatre classes are open to all students.

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

1000 Introduction to Theatre (3)

Students in this course will be introduced to the practice of theatre through active learning exercises and reflective writing and will create their own theatre art. After studying the basic principles of interpreting plays for the stage, students will focus on adaptation and documentary theatre through the ensemble creation of new work.

1200 The Design Process (3)

In this course, students will be introduced to the work of the theatre designer from the conceptual process through to the finished product of set, costumes, and lights with emphasis on the visual communication of meaning and the relationship of the designer to the total production process. Students will work conceptually on class projects and experientially on the departmental production. (Fall)

1300 The Acting Process (3)

(PR:THEA 1000 or POI) In this introductory acting class, students will learn to convey ideas to an audience with clarity. Through exercises in voice and diction as well as physical training, students will develop and strengthen their communication skills for use in the theatre and in everyday life. The class will focus on the relationship between the actor’s craft and the artistic purpose of the production. (Spring)

1400 Movement Styles I (3)

An interdisciplinary approach to movement which incorporates yoga, ballet, and modern dance. With a focus on balance and alignment, students develop an awareness of dance through collaboration, ensemble performance, and choreography. (Spring, odd years)

1401 Movement Styles II (3)

An interdisciplinary approach to movement, which incorporates African Dance, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Students will research the history of each dance style and then choreograph dances utilizing African, Jazz, and Hip Hop dance techniques. (Spring, even years)

2100 Theatre History I (3)

A survey of the history of theatre practice and critical theory from ancient times until the end of the 18th century. Emphasis will be placed on the theatre of Ancient Greece, Medieval theatre, Asian theatre, the theatre of the Renaissance in England, Spain, Italy, and France; and the English Restoration theatre. Methods of study will include lectures, readings, class discussions, and group projects. (Fall, even years)

2101 Theatre History II (3)

An investigation into the practice, aesthetics, and ethics of political and applied theatre, focusing on political theatre’s response to war and to political oppression in the 20th and 21st centuries. (Fall, odd years)

2103 African-American Theatre (3)

A course on the stylistic trends in modern African-American theatre, using the works of a selection of African-American playwrights as examples of the theatre of their time. Students will consider the ethical implications involved when critiquing work that has a specific cultural basis. (Spring, odd years)

2104 Intercultural Theatre (3)

In this course, students will investigate contemporary intercultural performance practice in the context of globalization and consider the ethical and artistic implications when a style is adapted for use outside of its parent culture. (Spring, even years)

2300 Adaptation (3)

(PR:THEA 1000 or CRWR 2100, 2200, 2300 or 2400) In this course, students will learn how to adapt a non-theatrical text for the stage. Students will focus on writing and directing original one-act plays. (Fall, even years)

2301 Documentary Theatre (3)

(PR:THEA 1000 or CRWR 2100, 2200, 2300 or 2400) In this course, students will study a historical figure or time period and write and direct a one-act play based on that research. (Fall, odd years)

2500 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.

3000 Theatre for Social Change (3)

(PR:THEA 1300 or POI) This course will investigate the history of theatre for social change. It will then explore the process of collective creation by developing a production from concept to final performance. (Spring, odd years)

3001 Devised Theatre (3)

(PR:THEA 1000, 1200, 1300, or POI) In this course, students will use theatrical modes of expression, including, but not limited to, poetry, music, and movement, to investigate the inner landscape of self. They will then explore the process of collective creation by developing a production from concept to final performance. (Spring, even years)

4000 Theatre for Social Change: Capstone (3)

(PR:THEA Major and SR Status) This course will investigate the history of theatre for social change and explore the process of collective creation by developing a production from concept to final performance. Senior theatre students will demonstrate their understanding of theatre art during the production process and in reflective activities. (Spring, odd years)

4001 Devised Theatre: Capstone (3)

(PR:THEA major and SR Status) In this course, students will use theatrical modes of expression including, but not limited to, poetry, music, and movement, to investigate the inner landscape of self and develop a production from concept to final performance. Senior theatre majors will demonstrate their understanding of theatre art during the production process and in reflective activities. (Spring, even years)

4002 Special Projects (3-6)

(PR: JR or SR status, or permission of major professor) This course will normally involve student participation in an off-campus project.

4003 Honors Research (3-6)

See Catalog.

4005 Directed Study (1-6)

(PR: JR or SR status,THEA major, and approval of major professor) Directed independent study in one or more of the following areas: (1) the teaching of drama and speech, (2) dramatic literature, (3) acting, (4) directing, and (5) technical theatre.

4006 Seminar (1-9)

See Catalog.

4007 Internships in Theatre (1-6)

(PR:THEA 1000 and 15 additional hours of theatre) Open only to theatre majors. Internships may be pursued in acting, stage managing, design, technical theatre, or related fields approved by the student’s adviser and the drama faculty. The student’s work will be closely supervised in the company in which the internship is undertaken, and he/she must submit weekly written reports and a final written report to his/her faculty supervisor. A student may not earn more than six hours in internship programs in theatre.

4009 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.