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You must complete one production/performance credit (THEA 200) prior to attempting the Sophomore Hearing.
A 500-750 word personal philosophy statement is due at the Sophomore Hearing
You may attempt the hearing three times. If not passed after the third attempt, you must choose a different major.
The Sophomore Hearing sign-up sheet will be posted at the beginning of each semester, and be taken down one month prior to the Sophomore Hearing.
You will be graded on a 100 point scale. 80 or above is passing. If you receive a grade of 79 or below, you must meet with the department chair to discuss areas of improvement and will perform the hearing again the following semester.
The date set for the fall hearing is the Thursday before Thanksgiving break. Spring semester Sophomore Hearing will be held on the University Assessment Day. You must perform on the scheduled hearing date. There will be no make-up dates.
The following classes may not be taken until successful completion of the Sophomore Hearing: THEA 251, 321, 331, 342, 344, 351, 401, 411, 441, 471, 487, 495.
Listed below are specific guidelines for each track. If you are studying two tracks, you must pass the Sophomore Hearing requirements for both tracks being studied.
You will be assigned a theater by the faculty/ You must contact the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts for your assignment. You will prepare a 7-8 minute PowerPoint presentation to discuss the following research ideas:
The name and location of your selected theatre company.
A link to the company’s webpage.
Is this a Commercial, Non-profit, or Not-for-Profit theatre?
Is this a Presenting or Producing theatre, or a mixture?
What is the company’s Mission Statement?
What is the company’s Vision Statement?
Who is their target audience? How do you know this? Give specific examples.
Who is on the company’s Board? Why were these people selected for the Board?
Who are the company’s primary financial donors? Why were these companies good choices for funding this particular theatre? What do they gain from funding this theatre?
What is the company’s operating budget?
What community outreach and/or education does the company provide? Provide specific evidence.
How many people does the company have on full-time staff?
Does the theatre company offer internships? If so, in what positions?
How what percentage of the company’s labor force comes from volunteers?
Are there any unions in operation at this theatre company? If so, which and for what positions?
Based upon your understanding of the theatre’s mission and vision statements, previous seasons, and their audience, provide the name of one play or musical that you believe this company would produce that they have not previously produced. Defend your choice.
You will be assigned a play by the faculty-you must contact the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts for your assignment. You will prepare a 7-8 minute PowerPoint presentation to discuss the following research ideas:
The elements of the playwright’s life that have influenced/colored the play
You must present a small production book with images for a chosen play. The book will need to contain images from one area of production only: set, scenic, props, lights, costume, casting, makeup, sound.
You must present a 5-day lesson play on the teaching of your chosen play.
You must create a detailed production book filled with images for a chosen play. The play must be chosen from the provided list of accepted literary resources. This book will need to be filled with images of all areas of production: set, scenic, props, lights, costume, casting, makeup, sound. You must choose one area of production and produce a quality visual that demonstrates your concept for the play (such as a lighting design, costume plot, set design, makeup design).