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This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield - Leffel Lane location.

Performance majors focus on acting, voice, movement, as well as general education theatre topics like theatre history and script analysis.  Performance students will most likely transfer to a university program with a performance focus or may choose a non-technical theatre area of study like playwriting or directing. 

Students have the opportunity to perform in theatrical productions each semester in either the Turner Studio Theatre or Kuss Auditorium located in the Clark State Performing Arts Center.  Students majoring in Performance must audition for program productions as part of their coursework. 

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In order to finish a Theatre Arts - Performance degree in two years, full-time students should have completed all prerequisites and have no college preparatory requirements. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking preparatory courses will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisor for help planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an associate degree in Theatre Performance, a graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate auditioning and performance skills and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of all theatre personnel and use correct terminology.
  • Analyze a play's action, structure, character, themes, and production values.
  • Differentiate among major periods in theatre history.

Download the curriculum sheet for this major.

Course Title Credits
ENG 1111 English I 3
THE 1130 Theatre Appreciation 3
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication Ior  
COM 1120 Public Speaking Ior  
COM 1170 Small Group Communication 3
-- MTH elective* 3
THE 2201 Acting I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
THE 1101 Acting Practicum I 1
ENG 1112 English II 3
THE 1133 Script Analysis 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
-- Social Science elective** 3
THE 1140 Movement for Actors 3
THE 1102 Acting Practicum II 1
THE 2241 Theatre History I 3
-- ENG elective*** 3
-- Natural Science**** 4
THE 2202 Acting II 3
THE 2103 Acting Practicum III 1
THE 2242 Theatre History II 3
-- Social Science elective** 3
-- Natural Science**** 4
HUM 2899 Capstone Seminar 3
THE 1107 Voice and Speech for the Actor 3
THE 2104 Acting Practicum IV 1
  Total Credit Hours 64

*Choose from:  MTH 1070, MTH 1280, MTH 1340, MTH 2100, MTH 2200, or MTH 2220

**Choose from course offerings in ECO, GEO, PLS, PSY, SOC, RST

***Choose from: ENG 1600, ENG 2250, ENG 2300, ENG 2500, ENG 2610, or ENG 2620

****Choose from course offerings in BIO, CHM, GLG, PHY.  Choose one most suited to your transfer institution.  Choose from those listed under the Natural & Physical Sciences Transfer Module. 

Global Awareness

In recognition of the growing importance of global awareness, the College also requires that students receiving the Associate of Arts degree take at least four courses with significant international content.  Courses meeting the requirement are identified in the College catalog.  The classes will typically be in the Concentration/Elective area, but may also fulfill requirements in Areas 2 - 6 above.

Advanced Courses

In addition to the Capstone Seminar, all students pursuing an AA degree are required to complete at least 6 credit hours in courses numbered 2000 or higher.  The classes will typically be in the Concentration/Elective area, but may also fulfill requirements in Areas 2 - 6 above.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.

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