Curriculum

Theatre and Interpretation at CMU is focused on undergraduate students. You will have performance, design, and technical opportunities virtually from the beginning of your aca​demic career. Theatre and Interpretation faculty members teach all required courses in the curriculum.

Although you may select from a variety of emphases within the program, all students majoring in theatre and interpretation are required to take the same core courses. These courses are designed to introduce you to the various areas of theory and practice in theatre and interpretation. Core courses include the fundamentals of interpretive reading, stagecraft and stage lighting, stage makeup, acting, directing, history of drama and theatre, and dramatic theory and criticism.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre is for students wishing to develop skills necessary to become a professional performer in theatrical genres that combine acting with music and dance. The BFA in Music Theatre provides training and experience in those areas.

Students wishing a broad but in-depth background in all areas of theatre and who have strong secondary interests in another (or related) field of study may wish to pursue the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree. This program allows students to pursue both a TAI Major as well as a formal Minor in another discipline.

The BA/BS major in TAI requires 43 semester hours in TAI courses including a common Core of 31 semester hours taken by all TAI majors and a 12 semester hour Emphasis.

TAI Transfer Guide

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Required Core:
TAI 170 Fundamentals of Interpretive Reading (3)
TAI 177 Stagecraft and Stage Lighting (4)
TAI 182 Acting I (3)
TAI 278 Stage Makeup (3)
TAI 3__ Studio (1)*
TAI 3__ Studio (1)*
TAI 3__ Studio (1)*
TAI 481 Directing (3)
TAI 499 Senior Capstone (3)
TAI 574 History of Drama and Theatre I (3)
TAI 575 History of Drama and Theatre II (3)
TAI 580 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3)

*Studio courses must be taken in three different areas.

Emphasis Areas:
Acting
Design/Technology
Generalist
Interpretation

Choice of emphasis and courses to meet emphasis requirements are made in consultation with an academic advisor in the Theatre, Interpretation, and Dance Area.

In addition to the required courses, participation in theatre and interpretation productions is an integral part of the students’ training. The University Theatre production program provides ample opportunities to participate in a variety of theatre and interpretation presentations, which are directed and designed by TAI faculty and staff. Advanced design/technical production students have opportunities to design scenery, costumes and lighting for University Theatre productions. In the Studio Theatre students have the opportunity to practice what has been learned in the classroom by directing, designing, performing, and working in other capacities with faculty on small-scale productions. The CMU Summer Theatre presents a season of three plays using a company of students working with faculty directors and designers. Students are involved in all areas of production: construction, performance, lighting, props, etc.

No more than 15 transfer hours will be accepted toward the completion of any Theatre and Interpretation major. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to take only courses comparable to the 100 and 200 level courses listed above (TAI 170 Fundamentals of Interpretive Reading; TAI 177 Stagecraft and Lighting; TAI 182 Acting I; TAI 278 Stage Makeup).

For specific information regarding each major and minor that Communication and Dramatic Arts offers please see Majors and Minors listed on our webpage.