The Bachelor of Arts with a major concentration in theater or dance prepares students to engage dance and theater art in their lives as a career, as an enhancement to other life pursuits, and as a way to understand and interpret the world.
The concentration in theater requires a broad introduction to the history, crafts, art, literature, and theory of the theater. Students are required to complete at least one elective course for deeper focus in some area, while most students take more. Students also are expected to participate in the departmental production program at least four semesters.
The theater minor requires an introductory production course, and a basic performance course, four electives, two semesters of participation in the departmental production program.
The theater education program provides a broad background in theater art, with alternative coursework to meet current standards for teacher certification. Usually completed with a minor in secondary education, or a second major in elementary education.
The dance education program requires a broad background and preparation in technique and theory and dance participation every semester. The program is designed to meet current standards for teacher certification. Usually completed with a minor in secondary education, or a second major in elementary education.
Interdisciplinary Minor in Dance
The interdisciplinary minor requires introductory dance and technique courses, with additional electives.
For detailed requirements in these programs, see the Theater and Dance Program Requirements section of the BSC College Catalog. Printed materials on these programs are also available from the Department Office. Additional information is available on the Theater and Dance web pages.
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The Theater and Dance Programs are designed to serve all students of the college, including students pursuing major and minor concentrations in Theater Arts and Dance, as well as students electing to study Theater or Dance as a general education experience. The academic programs, including studies in theory, production, management, and performance, engage students in the arts of Theater and Dance for the purpose of life-long creative and critical development.
For students pursuing major and minor concentrations in Theater Arts and Dance, the programs create an environment in which the student learns and practices the discipline, skills, and creative expression required by these arts.
The major and minor concentrations prepare students to:
Through a balanced season of theater and dance performances open to the general public, the programs strive to make a cultural contribution and seek interaction with the community.
Opportunities for all students to participate actively in dance and theater are available each academic year in a diverse production schedule:
Mainstage productions are presented in a 1400 seat theater with a fully-equipped proscenium stage. The main stage is occasionally converted into a 120 seat arena or thrust theater. Student productions and showcases are presented in a 200 seat lecture hall with a small proscenium stage, or in a lecture room with a semi-circular open playing area.
Each year the theater season begins with a musical production and closes with a play, selected to provide diverse experiences for studentperformers and audiences. Musicals range from challenging popular works, such as A Chorus Line and Pippin, to operettas such as The Mikado, to exciting lesser known works. The play is usually a challenging work, frequently involving new plays, new adaptations and translations, innovative performance styles, and collaborative pieces in addition to highly regarded traditional theatrical works. Auditions are open to all students.
Junior and senior students may participate in a course offered each fall that focuses on a particular theatrical style, period, or playwright, and culminates in a performance. The course has previously focused on such topics as Greek tragedy, expressionism, 20th century Irish playwrights, the works of Sam Shepard, absurdist playwrights, Wagner's Ring cycle, Brecht, and Shakespeare.
Since 1969 the Bridgewater Theater Program has presented a production for child audiences the first week of March. Over the years many traditional childrens works have appeared along with highly acclaimed modern stories. Since 1994 new original works have been offered, allowing performers to participate in shaping the piece. Recent works have incorporated concepts and content identified in state curriculum frameworks. Many, many adults throughout southeastern Massachusetts were introduced to theater art through the special daytime school performances during BSC's spring break.
The Theater and Dance program offers two annual dance programs of works by faculty, regional artists, and advanced students. Winterdance each December focuses on student choreography. Dance Kaleidoscope occurs in each April, incorporating new works by faculty, commissioned pieces, advanced student works, and guest artists. Auditions for these concerts are open to all students. The Dance program also brings a professional dance company to the campus for a brief residence program and recital annually.
A student run organization which sponsors student showcases and presentations, workshops, and other social and educational activities associated with theater.
The student organization which supports departmental dance productions, presents an annual dance pops concert, and sponsors social and educational activities associated with dance.
Theater and Dance faculty support policy which does not permit a student on probation to participate in performances. Faculty consult with one another on progress of students to assure that theater and dance rehearsals and production responsibilities do not interfere with a student's academic progress.
Throughout the program students are provided with advising opportunities and consultation on vocational opportunities. Faculty in the theater and dance area spend a good deal of time on planning for auditions, individual coaching. consultation on career choice, and offering professional workshops for student and community participation. Students are recommended for professional summer programs, study abroad, and theater related professional employment.
Bridgewater theater and dance graduates can be found in many careers. Representative positions include:
In Theater and Dance at Bridgewater you will find:
At BSC, Theater and Dance programs build a broad base of competencies, develop creative engagement through theatrical and dance art, and provide a solid ground for further study, all in a caring environment focused on the individual student
Last Modified: August 17, 2005