Theatre and Dance (THE/DAN)

The Theatre and Dance Department offers a BA degree in Theatre and minors in Theatre and in Dance.

Educational Goal

Through classes and productions, students strive to become artist/scholars who embrace and value intellectual discipline, creative curiosity, practical collaboration, and personal integrity in each of the following areas: process, skills & knowledge, collaboration and synthesis. As theatre students within a rigorous liberal arts context, they develop vision, a sense of responsibility to self and community, and the ability to apply creative solutions. Students therefore prepare for a productive life as artists, scholars, facilitators, and informed and discerning supports of the arts.

Learning outcomes for students earning the BA in Theatre

Students who complete a theatre major at Wake Forest University should be able to:

  1. Analyze a play
  2. Respond critically to a theatre production
  3. Contribute meaningfully to the making of a piece of theatre
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of effective communication and collaboration

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

The department will begin holding a senior assessment day in spring 2013. Students will present samples of their work (monologues, design portfolios, papers, promptbooks, etc.) and be interviewed by department faculty. Each senior major will be evaluated using the rubric below.

Criteria Advanced 4 Emerging 3-2 Basic 1
Goal #1 Students will be able to analyze a play.
Criteria
  • Student demonstrates a complicated understanding the time and geography of that produced the play.
  • Student can apply multiple modes of play analysis to generate innovative views on the text.
  • Student has the critical skill to extend a novel or profound idea or question about a play to create new knowledge that crosses boundaries.
  • Student demonstrates a strong understanding of the time and geography that produced a play.
  • Student can apply a few modes of analysis to generate useful views on the text.
  • Student has the critical skill to experiment with creating a new idea or question about a play.
  • Student demonstrates a basic understanding of the time and geography that produced a play.
  • Student can apply one or two modes of play analysis in a limited manner.
  • Student has some critical skill and can basically respond to an idea in the play.
Goal #2 Students will be able to respond critically to a theatre production.
  • Student expresses original insights when critiquing theatre productions.
  • Student’s response is imaginative, taking into account the complexities of a production.
  • Student draws logical conclusions, which reflect the student’s informed evaluation and ability to place evidence in priority order.
  • Student demonstrates a strong understanding of how various production choices contribute to the meaning of a play in performance.
  • Student can articulate how production elements work together to support the artistic interpretation of a play or how various production elements work at cross purposes.
  • Student is able to discuss or write about various production elements apart from the play text.
Goal #3 Students will be able to contribute meaningfully to the making of a piece of theatre.
Criteria
  • Student shows an advanced understanding of the process of the whole.
  • Student not only understands the roles of each theatre functionary but understands how they all fit together.
  • Student not only develops a logical, consistent plan to solve a problem, but recognizes consequences of solution and can articulate reason for choosing solution.
  • Student shows clear understanding of the process of the whole.
  • Student knows and understands the role of each theatre functionary.
  • The student can develop a logical, consistent plan to solve the problem, considering and rejecting lesser alternatives.
  • Student has some knowledge of process of the whole.
  • Student knows the roles of each theatre functionary.
  • Student can articulate a single approach to solving a problem.
Goal #4 Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of effective communication and collaboration.
Criteria
  • Student not only understands theatrical terminology but can apply complicated concepts and theories.
  • Student not only meets responsibilities consistently but also takes on new responsibilities without being asked.
  • Student can transform ideas or solutions into entirely new forms.
  • Student understand theatrical terminology and can use it adeptly.
  • Student meets responsibilities consistently.
  • Student synthesizes ideas or solutions into a coherent whole.
  • Student knows basic theatre terms and can use them occasionally.
  • Student meets responsibilities most of the time.
  • Student connects ideas or solutions in novel ways.

In addition, learning outcomes will continue to be assessed individually in each class, through appropriate measures stated in the course syllabi. Generally assessment in the Theatre and Dance Department takes the form of: 1) course examinations, papers, and grades; 2) honors projects and other special projects; 3) journals and production books; 4) internships and mentoring; 5) post-production critiques; 6) final interviews with student directors who complete a studio series project; and, 7) informal feedback from alumni, graduate schools, employers, etc.