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(Administered by the Department of Music)

Performing Arts graduates will understand and demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of the cultural heritage and history of the Performing Arts
  2. A theoretical and experiential background in the areas of performance, theatrical design, music, and dance
  3. Knowledge of creative problem solving and artistic collaboration
  4. Skills necessary to perform in or design for a variety of periods, styles, and genres in theatre and dance
  5. Awareness of the diversity of expression in the Performing Arts throughout the world’s cultures
  6. A practical understanding of the rigors of the field.

Assessment measures include the semester exhibit of design work or audition pieces, graduating senior seminar and exit interviews, public performances or designs, course grades, exhibited convention work, and internship evaluations.

Undergraduate Study

Students interested in theatre as a major area of concentration declare a major in Performing Arts and select an emphasis in Theatrical Design or Acting/Directing. Students implement the theories and principles explored in the classroom by participating in production work. During the academic year, Iowa State University Theatre presents up to ten mainstage and second stage productions in Fisher Theater, and works in close collaboration with ISU Music and Dance.

The major in Performing Arts offers the undergraduate student a cross-disciplinary concentration in Music, Dance and Theatre. The core curriculum consists of 24 credits in the three areas. Students elect a 24-credit emphasis in either Dance, Theatrical Design or Acting/Directing. In addition to coursework, Performing Arts majors and minors participate in concert (Orchesis, Footfalls), workshop (Opera Studio, Minority Theatre Workshop) and production (Barchje, Stars Over Veishea, ISU Theatre/Music Theatre/Second Stage and Studio) experiences.

Performing Arts graduates, in addition to a solid theoretical and experiential background in the areas of performance, theatrical design, dance and music, are prepared to meet the challenges of the work force or graduate school with their strengths in collaboration, creative problem solving, meeting deadlines and processing diverse input to yield cohesive output. Two required professional internships prior to graduation are vital to the student’s appreciation and practical understanding of the rigors of the field.

The theatre area offers a wide variety of courses. Students may select from courses in acting, design (costume, scenic, lighting/sound), make-up, stage direction, playwriting, stage management, and theatre history. Independent study and special topics courses supplement formal course offerings to provide opportunities to intensify study in a particular aspect of theatre.

Auditions for ISU Theatre productions are open to all students irrespective of academic major. Similarly, participation in areas of production other than acting is open to both majors and nonmajors. Qualified students also present experimental, laboratory, and Minority Theatre Workshop productions. Student actors, directors, designers, and technical crew heads are required to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 to participate in productions.

Theatre scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis to students who make significant contributions to Iowa State University Theatre.

Graduate Study

The department offers graduate courses as supporting work in other fields.

Bachelor of Arts - Performing Arts Major (Perf)

The Core for the Performing Arts Major (24 cr)

(For individual Dance and Music course descriptions, see Index for individual department listing.)

MUSIC 101Fundamentals of Music2
MUSIC 102Introduction to Music Listening3
DANCE 120Modern Dance I1
DANCE 130Ballet I1
DANCE 220Modern Dance Composition2
DANCE 270Dance Appreciation3
THTRE 255Introduction to Theatrical Production4
THTRE 263Script Analysis3
THTRE 365Theatrical Design I3
PERF 105Issues in the Performing Arts (six semesters)R
PERF 310Performing Arts InternshipR
PERF 401Performing Arts Seminar2

Emphasis in Theatrical Design (24 cr)

THTRE 250Theatre Practicum1-2
THTRE 360Stagecraft4
THTRE 366Theatrical Design II3
THTRE 455Directing I3
THTRE 461Theatrical Design Studio4
THTRE 465History of Theatre I3
THTRE 466History of Theatre II3

Emphasis in Dance (24 cr)

ART H 292Introduction to Visual Culture Studies3
DANCE 222Modern Dance II1
DANCE 224Concert and Theatre Dance (take for 2 crs)0.5-2
DANCE 232Ballet II1
DANCE 360History and Philosophy of Dance3
DANCE 370Advanced Studies in Dance1-3
KIN 355Biomechanics3
2 credits from the following2
Jazz I
Tap Dance I
Ballroom Dance I
Fundamentals and Methods of Social and World Dance (instead of 160, 170)
2 credits from the following2
Modern Dance III
Ballet III
Jazz II
3 credits from the following3
Sound and Movement
Teaching Children's Dance
Methods of Teaching Dance
Teaching Dance Technique and Composition
All students enrolled in the Dance Emphasis must register for one dance technique course every semester of residence up to a total of 8 credits8
One computer course
Computer Applications
Applied Computer Programming
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
Learning Technologies in the PK-6 Classroom

Emphasis in Acting/Directing (24 cr)

THTRE 151The Actor's Voice3
THTRE 250Theatre Practicum (take for 2 crs)1-2
THTRE 251Acting I3
THTRE 351Acting II3
THTRE 451Acting III3
THTRE 455Directing I3
THTRE 465History of Theatre I3
THTRE 466History of Theatre II3

Minor in Performing Arts (21 cr)

PERF 105Issues in the Performing Arts (3 semesters)R
MUSIC 101Fundamentals of Music2
MUSIC 102Introduction to Music Listening3
DANCE 120Modern Dance I1
or DANCE 130 Ballet I
DANCE 270Dance Appreciation3
THTRE 255Introduction to Theatrical Production4
THTRE 263Script Analysis3
or THTRE 251 Acting I
6 credits 300+ in DANCE, THTRE or PERF6

Communication Proficiency requirement: Select one course from:

ENGL 302Business Communication3
ENGL 303Free-Lance Writing for Popular Magazines3
ENGL 304Creative Writing: Fiction3
ENGL 305Creative Writing: Nonfiction3
ENGL 306Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENGL 309Proposal and Report Writing3
ENGL 314Technical Communication3
ENGL 315Creative Writing: Screenplays3
ENGL 316Creative Writing: Playwriting3
ENGL 370Shakespeare3

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Performing Arts Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(1-0) Cr. R. F.S.


Cross-disciplinary analysis and discussion of topics in the performing arts. Six semesters required of performing arts majors.

Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.SS.


Required of performing arts majors. A job or internship with a professional or semi-professional performing arts organization. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(2-0) Cr. 2. S.


Intensive collaborative study and practice of topics in music, dance and theatre. Required of performing arts majors.

Theatre Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.


An audience oriented, broad-based, team-taught survey of the performing arts which emphasizes theatre and includes segments on television, radio, film, dance, and music.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.


An introduction to Theatre focusing on its relationship with society throughout history.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.


Study and practice of fundamentals of vocal production: breathing, quality, articulation, projection, and expressiveness for the performing artist.

(Cross-listed with DANCE). (0-3) Cr. 0.5-2. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.

Prereq: By audition only
Choreography, rehearsal, and performance in campus dance concerts and/or musical theatre productions. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Cr. 1-2. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.

Prereq: Permission of instructor
Practice in various aspects of technical theatre production. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.


Theory and practice in fundamentals of acting.

(3-3) Cr. 4. F.S.


Standard structure and procedures, historical overview of performing arts production including the design and creation of scenery, costumes and lighting.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.


Theory, analysis, and interpretation of play scripts for production.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 3 credits in theatre; permission of instructor; approval of written proposal

(Cross-listed with ENGL). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ENGL 250, not open to freshmen
Progresses from production of scenes to fully developed one-act plays. Emphasis on action, staging, writing, analytical reading, workshop criticism, and individual conferences.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: THTRE 251, DANCE 120 recommended
Theory and practice of techniques of acting with emphasis on character and scene analysis.

(2-2) Cr. 3.

Prereq: THTRE 251 or MUSIC 232 or 3 credits in Dance
Theory, history and practice of musical theatre techniques. Designed to develop the musical theatre performance skills of singers, dancers, and actors.

(2-2) Cr. 3.

Prereq: THTRE 354
Theory, history and practice of musical theatre techniques. Designed to develop the musical theatre performance skills of singers, dancers, and actors.

(1-2) Cr. 2. F.


Theory and practice of make-up and hair-styling techniques for the performing arts: Theatre, Opera, Dance, Television and Film. Lab required.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.


Principles of oral interpretation: practice in analysis, in reading aloud of literary selections, and in reader's theatre.

(3-2) Cr. 4. S.

Prereq: THTRE 255
Tools, materials, and techniques of planning, constructing and painting of performing arts scenography. Basic principles of lighting technology. Technical drawing for performing arts production.

(2-2) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: THTRE 255
An exploration of the elements, principles and art of theatrical design.

(2-2) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Intensive application of the principles introduced in 365. In-depth study and practice of the graphic skills of rendering and drafting.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Studies in Theatre Design and Production.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics related to costume design.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics related to scenic design.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics in lighting design.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics in sound design.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics in stagecraft.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics in costume draping and patterning.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics related to advanced makeup.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics related to stage management.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics related to technical direction.

Cr. 3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: THTRE 365
Special topics related to Arts Management.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: THTRE 351 and permission of instructor
Analysis and practice of period scenes.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: THTRE 255; THTRE 263; THTRE 251 recommended
Theory, techniques, and practice of directing.

(2-2) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: THTRE 455
Practical and theoretical experience in directing the stage play.

(3-2) Cr. 4. Repeatable, maximum of 12 credits. F.S.

Prereq: Permission of instructor
Focuses on the art and craft of specific areas of theatrical design. Each semester the student will focus on one or two of the following: scenic, costume, or lighting design.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: HIST 201 or equivalent
Theatre history from ancient times to 1800.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: THTRE 465
Theatre history from 1800 to present.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 9 credits in theatre courses; junior classification
Practicum in production with ISU Theatre, with opportunities for specialization within various areas. Required: Approval of written proposal.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 9 credits in theatre, approved written proposal, junior classification
Only one independent study enrollment within the department is permitted per semester. No more than 9 credits in Thtre 490 may be counted toward graduation.

Cr. 1-8. Repeatable, maximum of 8 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 18 credits in THTRE, other courses deemed appropriate by faculty adviser; 2nd semester junior or senior standing; minimum GPA of 2.5 and minimum GPA of 3.0 in THTRE courses
Supervised application of theatre in professional settings.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 9 credits in theatre
Topics may include the following:.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 9 credits in theatre
Topics may include the following:.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 9 credits in theatre
Topics may include the following:.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 9 credits in theatre
Topics may include the following:.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 9 credits in theatre
Topics may include the following:.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 9 credits in theatre
Topics may include the following:.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 12 credits.

Prereq: Approved written proposal