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BFA in Theatre Production with an Emphasis in Dramaturgy and Theatre History


As part of the Division of Theatre Studies, the BFA in Theatre History/Dramaturgy provides students with a thorough knowledge of theatrical scholarship through core courses in theatre history and dramaturgy that emphasize critical studies, historical awareness, and theatre's role in the community. Students are encouraged to use the tools of theatre research to bridge text with performance through practical and research-oriented projects.

 The areas of knowledge that are fundamental to this mission are:
-       understanding the relationship of dramatic text to theatrical production
-       the history of theatre and culture
-       working practices and standards in the American professional theatre 
-       understanding of theatre's role in the community
Students are trained in the principles and practices of theatre history, dramaturgy, and theatrical production, specifically in:
-       the ability to reflect on dramatic text for the purposes of stage production
-       the ability to communicate artistic intent through research
-       the ability to collaborate within a production team
-       the ability to organize time, human and financial resources to facilitate the theatrical production process
Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Students in the BFA Theatre History/Dramaturgy program must demonstrate successful progress according to the following student learning outcomes (SLO):

  1. Advanced knowledge of the theatrical production process, and the role of theatre history, dramaturgy, and criticism within that process.
  2. Ability to collaborate with the production team while taking on a leadership role within a dramaturgy team on a theatrical production, organizing appropriate resources to facilitate the process.
  3. Ability to express ideas and to communicate their ideas orally in a variety of public presentations.
  4. Skills compatible with the working principles and standards of the American professional theatre and an understanding of the expectations of the workplace.
Assessment Activities: 

Assessment Tool #1

To assess Learning Outcomes #1, #2, #3 and #4, students are evaluated in writing each semester by their advisor and the theatre history and dramaturgy faculty. The evaluations assess academic progress and student work in production. The assessments are verbally presented to the students with time for student response and/or questions. The written assessments are made available to the student after the presentation.
Assessment documentation: See sample “Summary Evaluation Form”.
Assessment Tool #2
To assess Learning Outcomes #1, #3 and #4, students are required to prepare and present a portfolio of class work and dramaturgical production work. The portfolio is to be structured to feature the depth and breadth of the student’s dramaturgical work, to demonstrate the thought processes and research materials relevant to production dramaturgy, and to exemplify writing and critical thinking skills necessary to the dramaturg’s duties. The portfolio may be prepared in a digital format or a traditional paper format and orally presented to faculty each semester. All of the student portfolios and presentations are evaluated by the theatre history/dramaturgy faculty each semester of the student’s residency, according to a faculty developed rubric.
The student’s advisor prepares a written evaluation and verbally presents faculty feedback to the students. 
Assessment documentation: See sample forms, “Portfolio Checklist”, “Portfolio– Semester Review Form”, and “Portfolio Presentation– Semester Evaluation Form”.
Assessment Tool #3
To assess Learning Outcomes #2, #3 and #4, students are evaluated in at least one production situation by their advisor. Students are given full descriptions of job performance expectations and target dates for meeting the expectations. Advisors evaluate student progress on a weekly basis through the production process and prepare a written report based on the job description and the weekly evaluation forms.
Assessment documentation: Production assignment job descriptions (in place) and weekly evaluation forms (in development).
Assessment Tool #4
To assess Learning Outcomes #3 and #4 students participate in at least one Showcase of Talent during which industry professionals review student work and suitability for entry into the profession. Students receive an evaluation from the outside reviewer, based on a Division developed rubric. In addition, placement data after graduation is collected and reviewed to assess Learning Outcome #4.
Assessment documentation: See sample form, “Showcase of Talent: Outside Professional Review”.

Updated date: Wed, 12/02/2015 - 10:52