Oct 27, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre, BA


The mission of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Theatre Program is to provide students with the tools needed for preparation as theatre educators or professional practitioners, or for continuation of their studies on the graduate level.

The goal of the program is to provide students with meaningful experiences that promote an understanding of theatre as a medium of expression and collaboration. Students are given opportunities for creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and exploration in an environment that values artistic integrity, understands failure as well as success, and respects the viewpoints of others in the encouragement of artistic truth. The extensive season of the Theatre Program serves not only as a training lab for the students, but also enhances the cultural and aesthetic experience of the campus and is a major cultural resource for the residents of South Texas.


Student Learning Outcomes


1.      Theatre:

  • Demonstrate written analysis competencies in historical research and script analysis;
  • Communicate historical and cultural dimensions of theatre during a required exit jury with the entire faculty.
  • Communicate and defend their senior capstone project to the entire Theatre faculty;
  • Communicate and defend a cumulative portfolio of their work complete with headshot, resume, and marketing strategy for post-baccalaureate opportunities in graduate school or professional work.

2.      BA in Theatre graduates with teaching certification will demonstrate the following:

  • Complete #1 above;
  • Communicate visual and aural perceptions of theatre performance during a required exit jury with the entire theatre faculty. The student will use specific examples from their participation in University Theatre productions.
BA Theatre Entrance Auditions and BA Theatre Scholarship Auditions
All students wishing to major in Theatre must audition/interview prior to Admission into the program.
  • Auditions for incoming fall or spring:  Incoming students should schedule an audition/interview or portfolio review prior to summer orientations by calling Mr. Kelly Russell, Director of the University Theatre, at 361-825-5992.  If you have not auditioned prior to summer orientations, you will be asked to do so prior to enrolling in Theatre courses.  Theatre auditions for the acting/directing or teacher certification focus consist of a resume and two contrasting monologues totaling no more than 2 minutes.  Students majoring in design/technical focus are required to bring a portfolio or resume of their previous work in the Theatre to a scheduled interview prior to being admitted into Theatre courses.
  • For transfers and those students who missed freshman orientations, auditions/interviews, or portfolio reviews should be scheduled for the Friday or Monday before classes are scheduled to begin.  Contact Mr. Kelly Russell for an audition/interview, or portfolio review day and time.

To schedule an audition/interview time, portfolio review, to audition for a Theatre Scholarship, or for more information, contact:

Mr. Kelly Russell
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5724
Corpus Christi, Texas  78412
Phone:  361-825-5992
Fax:  361-825-2250
Email:  kelly.russell@tamucc.edu

Scholarships for Theatre Majors and Minors

Theatre scholarships are talent-based awards given to Theatre majors and minors by annual audition/interview, and/or portfolio review.  The scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 per academic year.  To audition for a scholarship, contact Mr. Kelly Russell at the above contact information.

Admission to Theatre Degree Programs

Potential Theatre majors or transfer students are expected to audition/interview or present a portfolio for review prior to admission to the Theatre Program.  Degree seeking Theatre majors are expected to perform at increasingly higher levels of design, technical, and/or artistic performance throughout their course of undergraduate study.  Assessment of growth in acting/directing or design/technical Theatre is accomplished by a passing grade of 3.0 in their class work and a required annual jury.  This jury consists of an interview before a jury committee composed of Theatre faculty members.


            Students earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre may concentrate on one of two specialties:

            Acting/Directing Focus

            Design/Technical Theatre Focus


Theatre majors may also pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre leading to teacher certification.


Degree Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Major Requirements (Design/Tech or Acting/Directing)
  4. University Electives
  5. Foreign Language Requirements
  Total 120

*First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Specific Degree Requirements:

All theatre majors must meet all general University and College graduation requirements, including UCCP First Year Seminars, regardless of the following specific degree requirements, unless specifically exempt. It is critical for all theatre majors to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering each semester.

Acting/Directing Focus Area:

(27 required credit hour core)

The following courses are required as the core in Acting/Directing:

Total Hours for BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing Focus: 60 hrs.

Dance Electives

The following courses are suggested as electives for the Acting/Directing Focus Area:

Design/Technical Theatre Focus Area:

(28 credit hour core)

Total Hours for BA in Theatre: Design/Technical Theatre Focus: 61 hrs.