UNT Undergraduate Catalog
Department of Dance and Theatre Arts

Main Departmental Office
Speech/Drama Building, 249
P.O. Box 310607
Denton, TX 76203-0607
(940) 565-2211

Dance Office
Stovall Hall, 180
(940) 565-3432
Fax: (940) 565-4453

Sandra J. Combest, Chair

Faculty

Professors Combest, Culp. Associate Professors Clouser, Cox, Cushman, Grose. Assistant Professors Fike, Frohling, Garcia, Hayes, Smith.

Introduction

The Department of Dance and Theatre Arts is dedicated to the professions of theatre arts and dance as central concerns of a civilized society and as primary methodologies in the education of its citizenry. Small groups of teachers and students, using as a foundation artists and artworks from both past and present and from all cultures and civilizations, collaborate in rehearsals and public performances derived from the finest possible classroom experiences.

Scholarly and empirical research is combined with a high level of spontaneous creativity to develop the entire spectrum of dance, theatre and film arts. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between performing artists and appreciative spectators. Playwrights, actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, designers and technicians are taught to discover and to enhance their own creativity, to bear witness through their artistry to the richness of human life, and to make artistic performance the means of educating those present when the performance occurs.

These student artists also must learn to design and manage each of the technical and administrative crafts that constitute the business of theatre arts and dance in the 20th century. Hence, a student who completes the Bachelor of Arts in the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts will be able to employ a large body of knowledge and a wide range of skills pertinent to creative executive management in business, industry, government or one of the fields traditionally associated with the fine arts: theatre, dance, education, radio, television, film, public relations, advertising and journalism. A person who can create and manage a successful theatre or dance organization can apply the same basic skills in any field. There is no technology computers, lasers or film and video industry technology that does not manifest itself in the crafts of theatre and dance.

The Department of Dance and Theatre Arts operates several facilities designed and equipped to generate, organize and conduct research in dance and dramatic performance. The university, studio and Stovall Hall theatres, five dance studios, rehearsal rooms, a scene shop and costume shop, the scenery and costume collection, and the department library represent a commitment to providing the finest possible theatre and dance education.

Assistantships, scholarships and program support are available. Application to the department for financial aid can be initiated at any time, but auditions and interviews for dance and theatre arts scholarships occur on the fourth Saturday in January prior to a September commitment.

Academic Advising

Students who wish to major or minor in dance should consult an adviser in the Dance Office, Stovall Hall, Room 180, about selection of courses, a degree plan, application of transfer credit in dance, and general academic requirements, policies and procedures. The approval of the department chair is required for degree plans. Theatre arts majors and minors will be advised by the academic advisers by contacting the department office, Room 249 of the Speech/Drama Building.

All members of the dance and theatre arts faculty are available to help students achieve a successful enrollment at the University of North Texas and to provide guidance through their academic and professional careers.

Dance Programs of Study

The department offers an undergraduate program in the following area:

Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance.

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Major in Dance

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Minor in Dance

A minor in dance consists of a total of 18 hours, including 6 advanced, selected from the following: 2 hours from DANC 2400, 3400, 4400; 2 hours from DANC 2410, 3410, 4410; 4 hours from DANC 2500, 2710, 3710; and 10 hours from DANC 1250, 2050, 2350, 2800, 3060, 3510, 3610, 4610, 4620, 4650.

Theatre Arts Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Major in Theatre Arts

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(Career Interest: Design/Technology) (.pdf)

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(Career Interest: Acting/Directing) (.pdf)

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BA with a Major in Theatre Arts
(Career Interest: Generalist)(.pdf)

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Comprehensive Examination

A written departmental comprehensive examination is required during the long semester that immediately follows the semester or summer term in which a theatre arts major completes 90 hours of college-level courses or 36 hours of theatre arts courses. A minimum grade of B is required on this examination.

Artistic Presentation

An artistic presentation is required during one or more long semesters after a theatre arts major has completed 90 hours of college-level courses or 30 hours of theatre arts courses. The presentation may consist of (1) a solo or duet acting performance not less than 30 or more than 60 minutes in length, (2) an independent directing project or (3) an independent design project. A minimum grade of B is required on this presentation.

Minor in Theatre Arts

A minor in theatre arts consists of 21 semester hours: 6 hours from THEA 1042, 1043, 1044, 1045, 2051, 2150, 2160, 2350, 2351, plus 12 advanced hours in theatre arts and, after 90 hours of college level courses, the capstone course: THEA 4350.

Dance and Theatre Arts Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach dance or theatre arts in elementary or secondary schools must meet the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed in the College of Education section.

Students who wish to seek an elementary or a secondary teaching certificate should consult a theatre arts adviser during their first semester at the University of North Texas. Consultation with the College of Education should occur in accordance with the catalog that controls a student's matriculation at North Texas.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Science with a major in theatre arts. Graduate work in dance may be pursued through the Master of Arts/Master of Science in interdisciplinary studies. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Scholarships

The University Players present a scholarship each year to a theatre arts major who has been outstanding in scholarship, creative activities and service. The Ann Bradshaw Stokes Award is provided by a grant from the Ann Bradshaw Stokes Foundation. The Gaylord-Hughes Scholarship is made possible through benefit performances by noted actress Martha Gaylord and by Tom Hughes, late producer and managing director of the Dallas Summer Musicals and a Distinguished Alumnus; by the work of guest artists; and by contributions. Dance Scholarships are supported by gifts from faculty, students and alumni. The Lucille Murchison Scholarships in dance, costuming and technical theatre are the result of the department's participation in the UNT Centennial Extravaganza. The Chun Hui Lee Dance Scholarship is the result of the generosity of Mr. Chun Hui Lee. The Mills Dance Scholarship was established by an alumnus, the late Eugene Mills.

All scholarships are presented to students majoring in the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts during any semester or summer term. Each year on announced dates, interested students must audition for the performance awards or submit design portfolios for technical awards available for the summer terms and the following academic year.

Information may be obtained in the department office, Speech/Drama Building, Room 249.

Organizations

The serious student of dance or theatre arts may become a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Chi Tau Epsilon, DANCE UNiT, and University Players, undergraduate and graduate organizations that serve the dance and theatre arts department and other university programs.

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