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  • UWM Theatre BA Group

Theatre Making

Create original works of theatre as a director or designer, actor and performer, teaching artist, as storytellers. Our program allows students the opportunity to explore the scope of theatre rather than focus on one targeted track.

Social Entrepreneurship

Within a respectful, ethical, and accessible environment, our students develop creative and critical practice through analysis and performance. Our program regularly investigates and responds to social and political issues and conditions. Students will hone their ability to produce an effective response by developing as planners, researchers, builders, designers, and implementers.

Community Engagement

By participating in community through civic engagement and theatre for social justice, our students are allowed the opportunity to express themselves in significant and meaningful ways. Within the discipline of theatre, together we will identify and explore current dispositions, ideas, forms, and perspectives. The conceptual outcomes will then be designed and performed in a variety of contexts both on campus and in the community.

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Degrees

Curriculum listed below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program. Any future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by May 15. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Theatre

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B 0
Math Parts A & B 0
Foreign Language 0
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity 0
Electives
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 12
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 12
General (outside department) 3

 

Theatre Core 32 Credits
Introductory Course
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 101 Acting for non-majors
THEATRE 110 Acting I
THEATRE 204 Theatre for Social Justice
THEATRE 260 Storytelling
Required
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis 3
THEATRE 214 Stage Craft (with lab) 4
THEATRE 225 Costume Construction (with lab) 4
THEATRE 230 Acting II – Text & Performance 3
THEATRE 236 Production & Design 3
THEATRE 275 Performing Arts Management 3
THEATRE 305 Theatrical Experience 3
THEATRE 321 Theatre – Beginning to Realism 3
THEATRE 322 Theatre – Modern & Contemporary 3

 

Degree Curriculum 43 Credits
Required
THEATRE 204 Theatre for Social Justice (if not taken previously) 3
THEATRE 260 Storytelling (if not taken previously) 3
THEATRE 320 Arts & Entrepreneurship 3
THEATRE 410 Stage Directing 3
THEATRE 448 How to be a Teaching Artist 3
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 218 Drafting & Design Communication
THEATRE 359 Playwriting
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 304 Costume Design
THEATRE 318 Scenic Design
THEATRE 323 Special Topics in Theatre History
THEATRE 324 Theatre in the Americas-Latino
THEATRE 325 Costume History
THEATRE 330 Acting Topics
THEATRE 357 Digital Audio Workstation
THEATRE 418 Lighting Design
THEATRE 437 Sound Design & Technology
Electives
(Choose from below) 2-4
THEATRE 465 Theatre Capstone
THEATRE 472 Performance Workshop Capstone
Electives
(Choose from approved Theatre courses in consultation with advisor)  18-20

Minor - Theatre

Theatre Minor study supports active learning through participation in creative, communicative, and innovative processes. It is extremely relevant to other areas of academic study across the university. The Theatre Minor addresses the Essential Learning Outcomes by focusing on creativity and communication skills within the dramatic and theatrical arts.

6 credits are required at the 300-level of coursework
Minor cannot include both Theatre 101 and Theatre 110

Degree Curriculum 18 Credits
Theatre Literacy
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 100 Intro to the Theatre
THEATRE 120 Performance and Popular Culture
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis
THEATRE 305 Theatrical Experience
Production Management
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 236 Theatre Production and Design
THEATRE 275 Performing Arts Management
Performance
(Choose from below) 3
THEATRE 101 Acting for Non-majors
THEATRE 110 Fundamentals of the Actor’s Process
THEATRE 111 Theatre Games
THEATRE 204 Participatory Theatre
THEATRE 260 Storytelling
Electives
(Choose from approved Theatre courses in consultation with advisor)  9

Careers+Alumni

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Sara Zientek

BA, Theatre Studies | 2011

"Sara Zientek combines a brash, irreverent, funny and often tough exterior with all such a persona hides of a soul who is frightened, insecure, sensitive and lost." -The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Careers

Art Director
Artistic Director
Business Consultant
Community Organizer
Conflict/Resolution Facilitator
Corporate Event Coordinator
Corporate Trainer
Costume Crafts Artisan
Costume Designer
Costume Director
Costume Draper/Cutter
Costume Dyer/Painter
Costume Shop Manager
Director
Drapery Fabricator/Installer
Education Administrator
Educator
Fight Choreographer
Gaffer
Grip

Lawyer
Life Coach
Lighting Designer
Makeup Artist
Makeup Designer
Managing Director
Master Carpenter
Milliner
Playwright
Politician
Producer
Production Assistant
Production Manager
Professional Actor
Project Manager
Properties Designer
Properties Master
Props Artisan
Rigging Installer
Scenery Designer

Scenery Shop Manager
Scenic Artist
Set Decorator
Set Painter
Social Worker
Sound Designer
Sound Technician
Stage Carpenter
Stage Director
Stage Electrician
Stage Hand
Stage Manager
Staging Fabricator
Tailor
Technical Director
Theatre Consultant
Theatre Equipment Sales
Trade Show Designer
Wardrobe Director

Faculty

profile photoAnne Bastingbasting@uwm.eduTheatre 242

Professor of Theatre

profile photoRalph Janesjanes@uwm.eduArt 232

Director, K-12 Theatre Education

Lecturer, Theatre History & Education

Outreach Coordinator, Theatre

profile photoRobin Mellormello@uwm.eduTheatre 220

Area Head, BA Theatre

Associate Professor, Storytelling & Theatre History

profile photoAlvaro Saar Riosriosa@uwm.eduTheatre 280

Assistant Professor, Playwriting & Analysis

profile photoPamela Schermerschermer@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 549

Associate Professor, Theatre

Theatre Faculty