Theatre

Course Overview

Theatre at TCU offers growth and training in a supportive atmosphere, and the faculty includes a diverse and talented group of highly respected professional theatre artists, as well as accomplished and dedicated teachers. As a Theatre student, you’ll analyze and appreciate the arts and creative activity by understanding the theories and techniques of acting and production, and by producing and acting in a wide variety of theatre productions.

  • Experience Theatre by participating in four Main Stage (two plays, two musicals), two Studio productions, and two Kaleidoscope productions each year.
  • Learn and perform in a complex that includes the landmark Buschman Theatre, a 175-seat proscenium  theatre; the innovative Hays Theatre, a 199-seat thrust theatre; and the intimate 75-seat Studio Theatre.
  • Broaden your knowledge by having the unique opportunity to work as an actor, director, designer, and/or technician during your years of study.
  • Explore the connections TCU has with the professional theatre market in Fort Worth-Dallas by working as an intern, or by participating in joint productions between TCU and professional theatres like Casa Mañana, Circle Theatre, Jubilee Theatre, or Stage West. In the summer, many Theatre TCU students work for pay as actors and technicians at our critically acclaimed, professional Trinity Shakespeare Festival on campus each June.

Course Examples by Year

Fr

Art of the Theatre
Stagecraft
Theatre Graphics
Acting I: Introduction
Theatre Production
Theatre Performance

So

Stage Makeup
Acting II: Realism
Practical Costuming
Script Analysis
Introduction to Lighting
Theatre Production
Theatre Performance

Jr

Scene Design
Costume Design
Computer Graphics for the Theatre
Theatre History I & II
Advanced Theatre Production
Advanced Theatre Performance

Sr

20th Century Theatre
Directing
Costume History
Advanced Theatre Production
Advanced Theatre Performance

The BA degree in Theatre is open to all TCU students. Entrance into the selective BFA degree program is open by audition or portfolio review only. As a BFA Theatre major, you must choose an emphasis in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design, Production, or Theatre Studies. Classes taken will correspond with chosen major.

Where Graduates Go

Recent Theatre graduates began careers in performance, design, and production in theatre, TV, and film, including Broadway appearances with Kevin Kline and Claire Danes. Many also decided to continue their academic pursuits at prestigious graduate programs.