Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Theatre (TAR) with a concentration in Theatre Arts (TAA)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0501

College of The Arts


Major Description

Certified Global Pathway Program
Through its curriculum and production program, students have the opportunity to prepare for a professional career in the theatre or to continue their studies at the graduate level. Our exclusively undergraduate program boasts intensive studies in the disciplines of performance, design and theatre arts as well as a close working relationship with our nationally and internationally recognized faculty.


This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.


Concentration Description

The Theatre Arts Concentration is intended for the student who, in consultation with the Theatre Advisor, wishes to construct his/her own degree program from a broad spectrum of theatre courses. In addition to courses in performance and design, areas of study available are Technical Theatre, Playwriting, Stage Management, Directing, Literature and Criticism, and more.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Students need not have completed a concentration of courses in theatre in order to consider a Theatre major at USF. However, admission to the upper-level Theatre Performance program is by audition and admission to the upper-level Design sequence is by portfolio review. If the student does not succeed in passing the audition or portfolio review certain Theatre program requirements may have to be repeated until successful completion of the audition or portfolio review can be achieved.

  • THE X000 Any introductory course from THE X001-X035 (3 credit hours)
  • THE X300 or THE X305 (3 credit hours)
  • THE X925 (1 credit hour)
  • TPA X290 (1 credit hour)
  • TPA X200 or TPA X210 (3 credit hours)
  • TPP X190 or TPP X110 (3 credit hours)
  • Any combination THE, TPA and TPP course (9 credit hours)

Total Major Hours: 54 Hours

Major Core

Students may choose one of three areas for the B.A. degree: Performance, Design or Theatre Arts. Common to all is the following core, normally taken in the years indicated:

Major Core Courses - 33 Hours

First Year (14 credit hours):

Second Year (8 credit hours):

Third Year (8 credit hours):

  • Choose two Theatre History/Literature Courses from the following list:
    • THE 3110 Theatre History I
    • THE 3111 Theatre History II
    • THE 4174 New British Theatre and Drama
    • THE 4180 Theatre Origins
    • THE 4330 Shakespeare for the Theatre
    • THE 4401 American Drama
    • THE 4434 Caribbean Theatre
    • THE 4480 Drama Special Topics
    • THE 4574 Sport as Performance
    • Note: By prior agreement between the director and instructor the Honors sequence in its entirety (THE 4593, 4594, 4595) may substitute for one Theatre History/Literature course requirement.
  • TPA 4293 Production Involvement II
  • TPP 4193 Studio Theatre Performance II

Fourth Year (3 credit hours):

  • THE 4562 Contemporary Performance Theory

Concentration Core Courses - 21 Hours

  • Additional 3 credit hours of TPP Courses
  • Additional 18 credit hours of THE; TPA; TPP Courses
    • (9 credit hours must be at the upper level)

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Director: M. Powers; Professors: P. Finelli, B.W. Lee, J. Moy; Associate Professors: M. Foley, F. Green, J. Travers; Assistant Professors: D. Arreola, A. Carroll, Y. Chen, B. Kohlmyer, A. Scott, Y. Zhu; Instructors: M. Bertch, C.D. Frankel, M.L. Morris, J. Parks, C. Pyfrom; Academic Advisor: N. Niforos; Professors Emeriti: D. Calandra, N. Cole, P. Massie, S. Robinson, C. Steele, G. Warren.

Major Accreditation

USF is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Major Other Information

The School of Theatre & Dance believes in the ongoing influence of guest artists as choreographers, teachers for master classes, residencies and performers. The programs provide numerous opportunities to enhance the students' artistic awareness of professional possibilities. Recent Artists-in-Residence have included Trisha Brown, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, and Jennifer Archibald.

Through its curriculum and production program, Theatre offers seriously interested students the opportunity to prepare within a liberal arts atmosphere for a professional career in the theatre or to continue their studies at the graduate level.

For over 30 years, our exclusively undergraduate program has prepared critically aware and skilled theatre practitioners. The school's mission is to educate students in the art of theatre, to conduct original research, and to present challenging productions to the university and Tampa Bay communities.

Students may graduate with a broad-based theatre arts degree, or they may specialize in performance or design.

Special Features

  1. The endowed British International Theatre Program (BRIT) brings three or more professional artists from the UK to work with upper level students for up to 6-8 weeks each spring semester. The BRIT Program is available to advanced theatre students by audition. The program consists of master classes and/or production experience with selected guest artists from the U.K.
  2. The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre provides funds annually for guest artist residencies. The Holloway Program provides classes and production experiences with internationally renowned artists in design, directing, acting, writing, and musical theatre.
  3. USF's Theatre program has a formal student Exchange Program with Middlesex University in London, England.
  4. Guest artists have been working professionals from New York, San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles, Munich, London, Tel Aviv.

Visiting Artists and Artists-in-Residence
The Theatre program at USF actively promotes guest artists on campus. A representative list of artists includes Maria Aitken, Peter Barkworth, Bill Bryden, Daniel Chumley, Russel Craig, Matthew Francis, George Froscher, Christopher Fry, John and Lisel Gale, Patrick Garland, Ronald Harwood, Jeff Jones, Rachel Kavanaugh, Sam Mendes, Bob Moody, Eric Overmyer, Louise Page, Estelle Parsons, Olga Petrovna, Roni Pinkovitch, Denis Quilley, Gerlind Reinshagen, L. Kenneth Richardson, Lord Brian Rix, James Roose-Evans, Dorothy Tutin, Robert Wierzel, and Jose Yglesias. These and others have helped the School develop relationships with UMO, London's West End, The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Actors' Studio, Broadway, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Free Theatre of Munich, The Chichester Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The Spoleto Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Habimah Theatre in Israel.

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