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Certificate in Theatre and Performance

The Undergraduate Certificate in Theatre and Performance is designed to develop competencies in the analysis, creation, and production of performance with a particular focus on small group and solo performance in the urban context. Students will be exposed to numerous cultural and theoretical perspectives from which to engage current scholarship in the field of Theatre and Performance. Students will develop skills in all aspects of Theatre and Performance including oral interpretation, acting, directing, script analysis, educational theatre, literary analysis, creative production, arts management, and professional and community theatre with special emphasis on solo and small group performance. Students will accomplish this by being exposed to a broad interdisciplinary background in the field of Theatre and Performance and the role performance serves in society. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with artists and practitioners in the Indianapolis Arts community.

Admission to the Certificate program in Theatre and Performance (COMM) requires the following:

Students who have not enrolled at IUPUI may be considered for this certificate if they meet the above criteria and apply for Undergraduate Admission to IUPUI and specify the Undergraduate Theatre and Performance Certificate as their objective. 

 The Certificate in Theatre and Performance (COMM) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • completion of a total of 18 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • completion of a bachelor’s degree (concurrently or previously),
  • contact both the department (located in CA 309) and the School Liberal Arts Student Affairs office (located in CA 401) to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare the certificate.

Certificate Requirements:

Required core courses (9 credits):

  • COMM-T 130: Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 437: Creative Dramatics (3 cr.)
  • COMM-G 300/G400: Independent Study: Creative Project (3 cr.)

Select three of the following elective courses (9 credits):*

Students will select the remaining 9 hours of electives in consultation with the Director of the Theatre and Performance Certificate to narrowly tailor the program to individual student interest based upon the Independent Creative Project Proposal. Electives must be approved prior to registration.

Theatre Emphasis:

  • COMM-C 104: Voice and Diction (3 cr.)
  • COMM-G 300: Independent Study: Practicum in Debate and Forensics (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 133: Introduction to Acting (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 205: Introduction to Oral Interpretation (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 305: Advanced Oral Interpretation (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 333: Acting II (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 337: History of the Theatre I (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 338: History of the Theatre II (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 339: Play Directing (3 cr.)
  • COMM-T 431: Playwriting (3 cr.)

Drama/English Emphasis:

  • CLAS-C 310: Classical Drama (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 205: Introduction to Poetry (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 207: Women and Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 245: Introduction to Caribbean Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 315: Major Plays of Shakespeare (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 365: Modern Drama: Continental (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 366: Modern Drama: English, Irish, and American (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 370: Black American Writing (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 379: American Ethnic and Minority Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 390: Children’s Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 433:Conversations with Shakespeare (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 302: Screenwriting (3 cr.)

Anthropology/Women/Cultural Diversity Emphasis:

  • WOST-W 105: Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 cr.)
  • WOST-W 300: Topics in Women’s Studies (3 cr.)
  • HIST-A 355: African-American History I (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 404: Field Methods in Ethnography (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 406: Topics in African American Literature (3 cr.)
  • MSTD-A 460: Current Topics in Museum Studies- Museum Theatre (3 cr.)

Note: This is a sample list of elective courses.  See the faculty advisor for more details.