Upcoming Events

  • September 4
    TFMS Open House, 7:30-8:30 p.m.+, Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Come enjoy the party! Mandatory for declared and intended TFMS majors.
  • September 9-10
    Auditions, Much Ado About Nothing, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Contact the director, Michael Ellis-Tolaydo, for information.
  • September 22
    Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series, with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing"), 7:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. Free and open to the public. 
  • October 20
    Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series, with filmmaker Lynne Sachs ("Your Day Is My Night"), 8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. Free and open to the public.
  • October 30-31
    Performances of "Falling Man, a dance-art project," with Leonard Cruz & Caitie Sullivan, 8:00 p.m. (Oct. 30) & 4:30 p.m. (Oct. 31), Boyden Gallery, MH. Free and open to the public.


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TFMS Alumni
Where Are They Now?

Megan Rippey

Megan Rippey (class of 2008, B.A. women, gender, and sexuality studies, minor in theater studies) recently completed her M.F.A. in acting at the California Institute of the Arts (class of 2013).

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Checklist: Theater Studies Major

CabaretStudents should use this checklist as a recommended framework for completing the requirements of the theater studies major. (For more information about the theater studies curriculum and about course offerings in TFMS, visit the College Catalog.)

1. By Spring Semester of Sophomore Year

A. Completed:

1. At least 24 credit hours of course work in the theater studies focus area; includes the following courses:
  • TFMS 170: Stagecraft
  • TFMS 171: Elements of Design
  • TFMS 200: Theater in History
  • TFMS 220: Introduction to Film and Media Studies or TFMS 221: Film and Media Production Modes
  • TFMS 230: Acting I
  • TFMS 250: Movement I
2. Satisfactory work on at least one major theater production in a position of responsibility. Students must enroll in TFMS 370: Studio (zero credit, pass/fail) in order to satisfy this requirement.

B. Obtained an adviser in TFMS (unless a double major, and an adviser has been selected from another field of study)

C. Declared a TFMS major, theater studies focus

2. By Spring Semester of Junior Year

A. Completed:

1. At least 16 credit hours (or more) of course work in theater studies; includes the following areas:
  • 4 credit hours (or more) in dance/movement
  • 12 credit hours (or more) in theater studies, including at least two credit hours of TFMS 371: Production Lab
2. Participation on at least one run crew. Students must enroll in TFMS 370: Studio (zero credit, pass/fail) in order to satisfy this requirement.

B. Optional: Submission of St. Mary's Project proposal, if planning to begin work in the coming fall semester.
  • Students planning to undertake a St. Mary's Project (SMP) must submit a formal proposal that will fulfill the department and College guidelines for an SMP to their mentor no later than the eighth week of the semester preceding the academic year during which the work will begin.
3. By Fall Semester of Senior Year

A. If planning to attend graduate school after graduation from St. Mary's:

1. Begin writing/submitting applications to graduate schools of choice (M.F.A. applicants should schedule auditions or portfolio presentations)

2. Register for GRE (Graduate Record Examination), if necessary

B. Optional: St. Mary's Project (TFMS 493/494) (must be completed by spring semester)

4. By Spring Semester of Senior Year

A. Completed:

1. Additional credit hours to satisfy requirements for graduation as a theater studies major (8 credit hours, or fewer), including:
  • Completion of TFMS 371: Production Lab (at least two credit hours; majors must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours)
  • Completion of a St. Mary's Project, if chosen to undertake one
2. Satisfactory work on at least one major theater production in a position of responsibility. Students must enroll in TFMS 370: Studio (zero credit, pass/fail) in order to satisfy this requirement.

B. Satisfied all requirements for graduation from St. Mary's

5. Fall Semester of Each Year

TFMS Open House (mandatory for declared TFMS majors)

6. Spring Semester of Each Year

TFMS Night (optional)

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