Theatre Major: Acting Option (B.A.)

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The acting option was created for students with an intense interest in acting and/or directing. The option was designed to develop all aspects of the actor and the director as both an interpretive and creative artist. Students in the acting option are expected to strive for excellence in all areas of the art and craft of acting through highly challenging coursework, performance-based projects, and productions and special workshops with guest artists and instructors.

Contact David Kaye, Paul Creative Arts Center, (603) 862-0667,

In the freshman and sophomore years, students should enroll for at least two major and two Discovery courses per semester. The minimum grade requirement for major courses is C- per course. Any grade lower than C- will not count toward the major. Under department policy, students who complete both COMM 401 American Sign Language I and COMM 402 American Sign Language II (American Sign Language) satisfy the bachelor of arts language proficiency requirement. All majors must take courses in the following areas: performance, design/theatre technology, and theory/history as well as fulfill between four and eight practicums and complete a capstone course. Although timing will vary with each option, it is strongly suggested that all introductory courses be taken prior to the end of the student's sophomore year.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

All UNH B.A. degrees require a minimum of 128 credit hours.

Required Courses
THDA 436History of Theatre I4
THDA 438History of Theatre II4
THDA 459Stagecraft4
THDA 460Elements of Design4
THDA 462Ballet I4
or THDA 463 Theatre Dance I
THDA 470Movement and Vocal Production4
THDA 551Acting I4
THDA 552Acting II4
THDA 589Practicum (A - D) 14-8
THDA 758Acting III4
THDA 759Acting: Period and Style4
THDA 799Capstone Project2
Select 4 credits of the following:4
History of Musical Theatre in America
Interpretation of Shakespeare in Theatre
American Theatre: 1920-1970
Play Reading
Any THDA Course Offering
Select 12 credits of any THDA course offering12
Total Credits62-66

The practicum ensures a breadth of experience in the major, including sets, costumes, lighting, props, box office, marketing, and performing.  Students must register for practicum every semester.  They are notified of their practicum assignment at the beginning of each semester.