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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Requirements for the Theater Studies Major

In addition to satisfying the general college requirements, students majoring in theater studies must complete 48 credit hours of course work in the TFMS department with a grade of C- or above. Following is a list of required and elective courses that satisfy the theater studies major. Courses are four credit hours, unless otherwise noted; those courses marked with an asterisk should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. (For more information about the theater studies curriculum and about course offerings in TFMS, visit the College Catalog.)

1. Required 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
Angels in America: Part I: Millennium ApproachesTFMS 300: Modern Theater
TFMS 371: Production Lab (one credit hour): Majors must complete a minimum of four credit hours

2. One course chosen from:
TFMS 251: Introduction to Traditional African Dance
TFMS 255: Modern Dance I
TFMS 258: Dance in History
TFMS 260: Topics in Dance/Movement
TFMS 350: Movement II
TFMS 355: Modern Dance II
TFMS 360: Dance Improvisation and Composition
TFMS 460: Advanced Topics in Dance/Movement

3. One course chosen from:
TFMS 310: Shakespeare
TFMS 315: Japanese Film
TFMS 325: Documentary Practices
TFMS 326: World Cinema
TFMS 420: Mediated Bodies: Gender, Race, and Class on Stage and Screen
Any topics or experimental course numbered 300 or higher and cross-listed in TFMS

4. One course chosen from:
TFMS 340: Directing for the Stage
TFMS 374: Lighting Design
TFMS 375: Costume Design for Stage and Screen
TFMS 376: Scenic Design for Stage and Screen

5. Senior Experience: This requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways:
a) Four additional credit hours of course work taken from the 400-level course offerings in theater, film, and media studies, including any approved topics or experimental courses cross-listed in TFMS; or
b) *TFMS 493/494: St. Mary's Project: With the approval of the department chair, this requirement may be satisfied by completing eight credit hours of the St. Mary's Project in any discipline or cross-disciplinary minor.

6. Theater productions: Satisfactory work on at least three major theater productions in a position of responsibility, including participation on at least one run crew. Theater studies majors must enroll in TFMS 370: Studio (zero credit, pass/fail) at least three times in order to satisfy this requirement.

7. TFMS 371: Production Lab (Required Majors Shop Hours):

All declared theater studies majors must complete four credit hours of Production Lab. Each credit is equivalent to 30 hours, to be distributed in the following areas: a) Scenery & Paint; b) Costumes & Wardrobe; c) Production Assistance (crew, lights, props, etc.); d) Student's Choice. The technical director and resident designer will assign students to an area each semester. Students will be graded for their work. Students must participate fully in all main stage light hang and focus sessions each semester before credit will be awarded.

8. *TFMS 493/494: St. Mary's Project (SMP):

A St. Mary's Project (SMP) in theater studies is a two-semester, eight-credit independent, original course of study in theater arts. The project may be scholarly (e.g. a written thesis or research paper) or artistic (e.g. directing, acting, design, dance performance or choreography, playwriting, film/video making) in nature, but all projects must address reciprocity between theory and praxis and should encompass an appropriate range of liberal arts disciplines. Projects must receive the prior approval of a faculty member in TFMS. All projects will lead to some form of public presentation. Students undertaking an SMP in theater studies must submit a formal proposal that will fulfill the College and department 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. In other words, this deadline will occur during your junior year.

See guidelines and application procedures for proposing a St. Mary's Project in TFMS.

See recommended framework for completing the requirements of the theater studies major in TFMS.

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