What is Theatre Arts?
Lights, Camera, ACTION! The major in Theatre includes a full complement of courses in acting, directing, stage lighting, theatre graphics, and repertory theatre. College productions give students an opportunity to demostrate their craft in a variety of major presentations as well as in smaller or more experimental efforts.
What can I do with a Theatre Arts degree?
Obtaining a degree in Theatre Arts can direct a student a number of different ways when it comes to employment in the Theatre area. Graduates have the oppotunity to work behind the scenes, in front of the crowd performing, or on the side lines as a director. These are some of the job areas, but are not limited too, Local Theatres, Amusement and Theme Parks, Television/Film Studios, University Theatres, Television Stations, or Performing Arts Centers.
Program Mission Statement
The Theatre Arts Program supports the mission of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, namely, "to guide students in developing disciplined, informed thinking; communication skills; problem-solving skills; strategies for information access; respect for the views of other; and a lifetime love of learning."
In particular, the program seeks to provide a full complement of courses in acting, directing, stage lighting, theatre graphics, and repertory theatre. College productions give students an opportunity to demonstrate their craft in a variety of major presentations as well as in smaller or more experimental efforts.
What kind of courses will I take?
The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Theatre Arts courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Theatre Arts course descriptions, click here.
This course will examine in detail the backstage activities necessary to support a professional theatrical, music theater, or concert production—from sound and lighting cue placement to properties and running crew. Students anticipating careers in the entertainment industry will benefit from this background in communication, safety, proper terminology, and technical support. Course will have a final project in lieu of a final exam.
This course will entail a study of beginning skills such as movement for the stage, relaxation, and beginning acting tasks (observations, emotional recall, use of space, concentration). Beginning scene work will be included.
Active participation in the staging of a University dramatic production and/or dance. Students study various backstage processes and performance techniques according to their individual needs and interests. A maximum of 6 credits from THEA 1541 and THEA 1542 Theater Repertory 1 and 2 may be counted toward graduation.
Theatre Arts Links
These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Theatre Arts program, and the world of Theatre Arts as a whole.
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Theatre/Fine Arts Organizations at Pitt-Johnstown
Degree Requirements (.pdf)
Meet our Theatre Arts Faculty
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