​​​​​​Theatre and Interpretation (TAI) at CMU is offered at the undergraduate level only, and as a result, students have performance, design, and technical opportunities from the beginning of their academic​ career. Qualified Theatre and Interpretation faculty members teach all required courses in the curriculum.    

Degrees offered in theatre include:  Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).  Dual majors and the minor are options for students interested in other areas, but wishing to stay involved in theatre.  A Music Theatre interdisciplinary degree is also available and details are available here.  Faculty advisors are available to assist you in selecting the theatre degree that will best meet your needs.​

Theatre & Interpretation Major: Design/Technical Theatre Concentration
B.F.A. degree

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed for individuals who qualify for and are admitted to intensive specialization in Design/Technical Theatre. Students who wish to enter the B.F.A. program must consult with a TID technical theatre advisor.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards
Any student in good academic standing at CMU may sign a major in Theatre and Interpretation. A minimum 2.5 GPA must be earned in the major.

Core Courses I (31 hours)
  • TAI 177 - Stagecraft and Stage Lighting 4(4-0)
  • TAI 182 - Acting I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 278 - Stage Makeup 3(2-2)
  • TAI 460 - BFA Capstone Project 3(0-6)
  • TAI 476 - Lighting Design 3(3-0)
  • TAI 477 - Scene Design 3(3-0)
  • TAI 574 - History of Drama and Theatre I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 575 - History of Drama and Theatre II 3(3-0)
  • TAI 579 - Costume Design and Construction 3(3-0)
  • Take 3 Studio courses (1 hour each) in consultation with an advisor.

Core Courses II (15 hours)
  • Select 15 hours of TAI courses in consultation with a TID Technical Theatre Advisor. 
Electives (24 hours)
Select 24 hours of elective cognate courses. Cognate courses may be chosen from TAI, ART, BCA, IET, FMD, IND or others. All courses in this section must be selected in consultation with a TID technical theatre advisor.

Total: 70 semester hours

Theatre & Interpretation Major: Acting/Directing Concentration
B.F.A.

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed for individuals who qualify for and are admitted to intensive specialization in Acting/Directing. Students who wish to enter the B.F.A. program must consult with a TID advisor.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards
Any student in good academic standing at CMU may sign a major in Theatre and Interpretation. A minimum 2.5 GPA must be earned in the major.

Core Courses I (45 hours)
  • TAI 177 - Stagecraft and Stage Lighting 4(4-0)
  • TAI 182 - Acting I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 278 - Stage Makeup 3(2-2)
  • TAI 282 - Acting II 3(3-0)
  • TAI 300 - Improvisation 3(2-2)
  • TAI 302 - Voice and Diction 3(3-0)
  • TAI 371 - Readers Theatre 3(3-0)
  • TAI 376 - Interpretation of Drama 3(3-0)
  • TAI 377 - Costuming I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 378 - Stage Combat 3(2-2)
  • TAI 382 - Acting III 3(3-0)
  • TAI 460 - BFA Capstone Project 3(0-6)
  • TAI 481 - Directing 3(3-0)
  • TAI 581 - Advanced Directing 3(3-0)
  • In addition, 2 studio courses (1 hour each) must be taken. One studio must be in technical theatre.

Core Courses II (6 hours)

  • TAI 574 - History of Drama and Theatre I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 575 - History of Drama and Theatre II 3(3-0)

Core Courses III (3 hours) Select one of the following:

  • TAI 380 - Musical Theatre History 3(3-0)
  • TAI 399 - Theatre and the Holocaust 3(3-0)
  • TAI 569 - History of American Theatre 3(3-0)
  • TAI 578 - Special Topics in Theatre 1-9(Spec)
  • TAI 580 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism 3(3-0)
  • TAI 583 - Women in the Contemporary American Theatre 3(3-0)
  • TAI 587 - Irish Theatre and Drama 3(3-0)
  • TAI 588 - Contemporary Theatre 3(3-0)
Electives (16 hours)
  • Select an additional 16 hours of approved cognate classes approvedby the student’s TID advisor.
Total: 70 semester hours


Theatre and Interpretation Major
B.A.; B.S. degrees

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards 
Any student in good academic standing at CMU may sign a major in Theatre and Interpretation. Every student intending to major in Theatre and Interpretation must meet with an advisor to specify the course of study. A minimum 2.0 GPA (C) must be earned in the major.

Core Courses (31 hours)
  • TAI 170 - Oral Interpretation of Literature 3(3-0)
  • TAI 177 - Stagecraft and Stage Lighting 4(4-0)
  • TAI 182 - Acting I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 278 - Stage Makeup 3(2-2)
  • TAI 481 - Directing 3(3-0)
  • TAI 499 - Senior Capstone 3(3-0)
  • TAI 574 - History of Drama and Theatre I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 575 - History of Drama and Theatre II 3(3-0)
  • TAI 580 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism 3(3-0)
  • In addition, take 3 studio courses in 3 different areas.
Required Courses (12 hours)
  • Select 12 hours of TAI courses in consultation with an advisor.
Total: 43 semester hours

Theatre and Interpretation Minor
B.A.; B.S.; B.A.A. degrees

Required Courses (25 hours)
  • TAI 170 - Oral Interpretation of Literature 3(3-0)
  • TAI 177 - Stagecraft and Stage Lighting 4(4-0)
  • TAI 182 - Acting I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 278 - Stage Makeup 3(2-2)
  • TAI 481 - Directing 3(3-0)
  • TAI 574 - History of Drama and Theatre I 3(3-0)
  • TAI 575 - History of Drama and Theatre II 3(3-0)
  • TAI 580 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism 3(3-0)
Total: 25 semester hours

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to the required courses, participation in theatre and interpretation productions is an integral part of the students' training. University Theatre productions provide numerous opportunities to participate in diverse theatrical presentations, which are directed and designed by TAI faculty and staff. Advanced design/technical production students may design scenery, costumes and lighting for University Theatre productions. 

Additional opportunities arise through our Studio Theatre​ program, which allows students to partner with faculty (and other students) on smaller-scale productions to gain experience in areas of special interest. The CMU Summer Theatre company performs three plays in repertory at three locations across the Michigan.  The company works with faculty directors and designers on all areas of the production: construction, performance, lighting, sound, props and more, earning both academic credit and a stipend f​or their efforts.  


Additional Resources

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For additional information

Please visit our department office at Moore 333 or call 989-774-3177. Students ​who are new to CMU may also wish to communicate with the Undergraduate Admissions Office at (989) 774-3076, or by e-mail at cmuadmit@cmich.edu, for general questions, visit arrangements and enrollment information. 

​Disclaimer:  The information above was taken from the CMU bulletin for the 2016​ - 2017 academic year.  Each university bulletin covers a 12-month period, July 1 through June 30. Courses, majors, minors, programs, and degrees in this Bulletin are subject to change without notice and may not be available in future bulletins. Every effort has been made to include accurate information in the website. However, the contents of this website are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between students and CMU. The university reserves the right to change at any time and without prior notice any provision or requirement, included, but not limited to, policies, procedures, changes, academic programs, and calendar.
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