Major and Minors
Faculty and professional interests
Elizabeth Carlin Metz,chair
Acting, directing, feminist theatre, dramatic literature
Dramaturgy, playwriting, dramatic literature, theatre history
Scenic design, lighting design, videography design, theatre technology
Theatre history, dramatic literature, directing, acting
Sherwood Kiraly, Playwriting, screenwriting, fiction
Margo Shively, Costume design, technical artistry
The study of theatre in a liberal arts context cultivates many widely applicable capacities such as communication skills, aesthetic understanding, creative problem-solving, and intuitive as well as analytical thinking. Knox offers a broad range of courses at introductory and advanced levels in performance, design, and literature and history. Those curricular offerings complement and are integrated with a variety of co-curricular opportunities for students to act in, write, direct, design and create theatre.
The Department of Theatre seeks to create a supportive, collaborative environment in which students can put into practice what they learn in the classroom, the rehearsal studio and the design studio. All of the department's curricular and co-curricular experiences are grounded in the belief that the rigorous study and practice of theatre provide students with a unique and vital means of investigating and making significant discoveries about the world and their own place in it.
Students who major or minor in theatre emerge well prepared for advanced study in playwriting, performance, directing, design, and dramatic literature and history. Those students who do not pursue careers in theatre gain at Knox a wealth of experience beneficial to professional life in many other areas, including business, law, and education, among many diverse fields.
The departmental curriculum contributes to the College's Key Competency Requirements as follows:
- Writing Key Competency - THTR 151, 352, and 383 serve as writing-intensive courses for majors
- Speaking Key Competency - THTR 121, 131, 231, 232, and 331 serve as speaking-intensive courses for majors
- Information Literacy and Informed Use of Technology - Special skills in the use of computers in locating, retrieving, and manipulating audio and visual materials are introduced in THTR 121 and are further developed in the 220- and 320-level design courses. Skills in gathering information from print, non-print, and digital sources as well as means of evaluating these sources are introduced in THTR 151 and are further developed in the 250-, 350-, and 380-level dramatic literature and theatre history courses.
Departmental Learning Goals
Students completing a major in Theatre will:
- Recognize, identify, and analyze genre, structure, and the creation of meaning in playscripts.
- Demonstrate understanding of the processes whereby a playscript is manifested as live storytelling--encompassing non-verbal as well as verbal language--through acting technique, design, dramaturgy, and directing
- Recognize and identify historically significant authors and movements throughout global theatre history, and the cultural and social realities that governed the origins and evolution of performance.
- Articulate literacy in the verbal and visual vocabulary of theatrical production, including terms and concepts fundamental to acting, design, script analysis, directing, playwriting, and stage mechanics.
- Identify and analyze the social and political implications and effects of performance.