2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog


The Department of Theatre offers two degrees in theatre: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with a major in theatre and an emphasis chosen from acting, design & technology, musical theatre, or theatre studies; and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in theatre that permits the student to choose an additional major or minor in another academic field of study. (Note: The BA requires the student to have a minor.) Admission to the BFA program is only available through audition or portfolio review by the theatre faculty. Admission to the BA program is available to any TCU student.

The Department of Theatre functions within the context of a liberal arts university and sincerely believes that the student experience should include areas of investigation beyond the narrowly focused instruction that characterizes most non-university affiliated professional training programs.

The department requires a core of courses in all aspects of the theatre. These courses provide an overall view of the discipline, including acting, directing, history and dramatic literature, design, and technical production. The core provides a strong background for both the liberal arts and pre-professional student.

Honors College

Theatre majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors College and should enroll in THEA 31003 in their junior year and THEA 41003 during the fall semester of their senior year.

Departmental Facilities

The Department of Theatre is housed in Ed Landreth Hall and the Walsh Center Complex at TCU. Facilities include the Jerita Foley Buschman Theatre, a 175-seat proscenium arch theatre and the 200-seat Spencer and Marlene Hays Theatre, with a thrust stage. The flexible Studio Theatre (75-100 seats) is in constant use by students involved in producing shows to test the skills they are developing in the classroom. All theatre spaces have state-of-the-art equipment for teaching theatre technology. Theatre productions are supported by a large Scenic Studio in the Walsh Center Complex with a counterweighted paint frame and spray booth for painting scenery and stage properties. A fully equipped Costume Studio for theatre is located at 2900 W. Berry Street. A computer lab is available for students' use and for teaching various software programs specific to the theatre. Additional classrooms for theatre graphics, acting and academic courses are located in Ed Landreth Hall.

Departmental Requirements

The department requires majors to participate in departmental productions. Participation in both performance and production broadens students’ backgrounds and prepares them for advanced study. Any student on academic probation is not permitted to perform in public productions. Additional department policies are explained in a departmental student handbook. All majors are responsible for securing and reading this handbook.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Courses in the theatre major or minor must be taken for a letter grade, and must be completed with a grade of "C" or better to fulfill graduation requirements.