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Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre Arts is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in both its academic and its performance/technical theatre programs. Its energies are committed to fostering student creativity in all areas of theatre- design, performance, directing and management-and to helping students gain better insights into themselves and the world around them. The theatre arts program has been a vital and important part of the curriculum and student activities at North Dakota State University for more than 95 years. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

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The Curriculum

The department offers three undergraduate degree programs in theatre. Each is flexible and can be designed to fit the individual student's career goals.

(1) The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)in theatre arts is a general baccalaureate degree built around a traditional liberal arts curriculum. Within the major field itself, courses are required in technical theatre, performing and directing, as well as in literature, theatre history and modern language. The B.A. program requires proficiency of a foreign language at the second year level.

(2) The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is an alternative to the B.A. The program for the B.S. is identical to that for the B.A., except that the B.S. requires a minor in an approved field.

(3) The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with an emphasis in musical theatre, performance or design technology is a professionally-oriented degree track which places primary emphasis on performance and studio activity, while also requiring a high level of involvement in the academic curriculum. It can be entered only by faculty permission. This degree track broadens the student's exposure to his or her field, and considerable study is made of other fine art fields as well.

Admission to the B.F.A. degree program in theatre requires consistent involvement in Little Country Theatre productions and projects, and demands a high level of commitment on the part of the student.

The Program

LCT Productions, formerly known the Little Country Theatre, is a laboratory for learning in which imaginative play and disciplined work are fused in dramatic creations. A high degree of professionalism is consistently displayed. There are three major production programs of LCT Productions.

(1) Main Stage Productions --Four plays are produced each school year. These productions range from modern musicals such as The Wild Party and Nine to Five to classic comedies such as The Comedy of Errors and Noises Off, including contemporary and ancient plays of the widest variety. Production seasons are chosen according to a four year style-rotation cycle. This ensures that during the course of his or her undergraduate career, the student will have the opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge of all major performance styles in the Western theatrical tradition.

(2) The Newfangled Theatre Company -- is the student branch of LCT Productions. This student-managed company produces one of the main stage productions, as well as at least one additional production each year.

(3) Musical Theatre Troupe -- features the work of the triple threat performer: actor, singer and dancer. Although Musical Theatre Troupe is a one-credit course, it is a selective, by audition only course. Within the course, students research and create an original musical revue and perform it at the close of the semester. Past revues have included tributes to Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein and jazz on Broadway.

Numerous dramatic activities take place on a flexible schedule in Studio Theatre Productions. There are showcase productions for B.F.A. candidates, and for student acting or directing projects.

In addition, the department participates regularly in the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF), inviting ACTF respondents to evaluate main stage productions and nominate students to compete for national scholarships.

The Facilities

Theatre arts students presently study, work and create on two stages situated in Askanase Hall:

(1) Askanase Auditorium (the main stage), a 380-seat theatre with continental seating, and

(2) the Studio Theatre, a flexible studio-lab black box space also located in Askanase Hall, and

(3) the 1,000-seat Festival Concert Hall, in the Reineke Fine Arts Center, used for major musical stage productions.

In addition, Askanase Hall contains theatre classrooms, costume, scene and property shops.

Career Opportunities

Theatre training develops and exercises the creative imagination. Our graduates have found a rich variety of professions. Former students have gone on to earn advanced degrees in theatre and related fields and now teach in colleges and universities, community colleges and high schools. Other graduates of our program work in arts management, technical theatre and technical consulting, as well as in community theatre, semi-professional repertory companies, professional theatre and commercial radio and television.


A number of scholarships in theatre arts are available for students both in performance and technical emphases. Several scholarships are available to incoming freshmen. Both a student's academic record and his or her level of achievement in the production program are criteria used in awarding these scholarships. Active participation in the NDSU theatre arts program is expected of all scholarship recipients. Applications are available at

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements



First Year Experience

  Univ. 189 - Skills for Academic Success



  Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking


  Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  English Upper Division Writing


Quantitative Reasoning

  Stat. 330 - Introductory Statistics


Science & Technology


Humanities & Fine Arts

Humanities & Fine Arts Elective


  Musc. 100 - Music Appreciation


Social and Behavioral Sciences Sciences

  Anth. 111 - Introduction to Anthropology


  Social & Behavioral Science Elective




Cultural Diversity

  Thea. 280 - World Theatre


Global Perspective

  Art. 111 - Introduction to Art History




College/Department Requirements



Humanities Elective

3 or 6

Social Science Elective

3 or 6

Fine Arts Elective




Major Requirements



Engl. 380 - Shakespeare


Thea. 101 - Department Participation


Thea. 161 - Acting I


Thea. 180 - Dramatic Literature and Style


Thea. 265 - Script Analysis


Thea. 273 - Stagecraft


Thea. 274 - Introduction to Stage Design


Thea. 275 - Theatrical Makeup Design


Thea. 280 - World Theatre


Thea. 365 - Directing I


Thea. 450 - Capstone Experience


Thea. 480 - History and Literature of Theatre I


Thea. 481 - History and Literature of Threatre II


Thea. 201-204 - Theatre Practicum I-IV


Thea. Electives








This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Reineke Fine Arts Center
Music Education Room 115

Reineke Fine Arts Center is located on the south end of campus on the corner of 12th Ave. N. and Bolley Drive (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Theatre Arts
North Dakota State University
Reineke Fine Arts Center 115
Dept. 2330, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7932 / Fax: (701) 231-2085

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Campus address: Ceres Hall 114
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Last Updated: Friday, May 02, 2014 10:22:53 AM