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Department of Theatre and Dance

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WOU currently offers BA and BS degrees in General Theatre,   BA and BS in Theatre with a Musical Theatre Emphasis and BFA degrees in Acting and Design/Technology. The BFA in Design/Technology may be pursued in areas such as Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Costume Design, Properties and Technical Theatre.

All students admitted to WOU are eligible to pursue the BA or BS in General Theatre or the theatre minor.

*The Musical Theatre courses are by audition only. See Degrees--Musical Theatre Emphasis.

*Admission to the BFA program is by audition/interview only. See BFA--ADMISSIONS and Tech ADMISSIONS. Each student should consult a departmental advisor in the desired area of concentration to determine a suitable course of study. Students are admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre Program based on an audition or interview occurring in the Fall quarter of their freshman year. (Transfer students should consult with an advisor at least two quarters prior to the Fall auditions/interviews.)

Advising Procedures: All majors and minors MUST have a theatre faculty advisor. While there are some obvious advisee/advisor combinations (David Janoviak for students interested in Acting, Scott Grim for students in scenic design, etc.), you have the right to choose a faculty advisor that you are comfortable with. (Any of the faculty can help you do that.) Each student must see his/her advisor prior to registration each term. This serves two purposes: first, it fulfills a university-wide requirement that each student meet with an advisor each term so that academic holds can be removed, enabling you to register for classes; and second, it allows your faculty advisor to keep up with the progress you’re making towards your degree, and help you with any scheduling problems that may hold up your graduation. Any adjustments to the department curricular requirements must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Majors and Minors Meeting: There is at least one required meeting of all Theatre majors and minors each year. These meetings are used to communicate important information about productions, curriculum, etc. to the entire department. They are required (attendance is taken). Watch the information boards for announcements regarding these meetings.

Academic Standards and Progression toward Degree: It is of prime importance that students keep up with class work and steadily progress toward receiving a degree. Faculty advisors will review student progress on a regular basis, and can provide advice or strategies if a student is struggling. Poor academic performance or a general lack of progress toward a degree can result in the removal of the student from any production assignments (acting, directing, designing, crewing, etc.) in order to allow the student to fully concentrate on class work. This can occur even if the production assignment is in progress. Students who are struggling academically are encouraged to seek advice from faculty as soon as possible.


Department of Theatre and Dance 503 838-8461 | or e-mail: eliassl@wou.edu

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