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California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Theatre B.A.

The Cal Poly Pomona Department of Theatre awards an undergraduate degree in theatre, which emphasizes production, and experience in the `doing` of theatre. At the same time, the Department offers courses in all aspects of the theatre, both artistic and academic. The program stresses concern for students as artists and individuals. Faculty, staff and students work closely together to build a solid foundation of knowledge of both the practical and artistic aspects of theatre for the student. After completing the theatre major at Cal Poly Pomona, students are prepared to begin their careers or specialized training in professional theatre, television or film; to go for advanced training in graduate schools; or to go into teaching in high schools. We are proud to boast alumnus in numerous professional positions throughout the entertainment industry.

Five sub-plans are offered. The first, the general sub-plans enables students to develop a broad theatre curriculum with primary interests in: directing, playwriting, management, or theory and criticism in order to create a course of study that best suits their goals. The second, the acting sub-plans, is for the student whose primary interest is in acting for the stage. The third, the design and technical theatre sub-plans, is for students with an interest in the theatrical design areas of: scenery, lighting, costumes, makeup or sound; or in the technical areas such as scenic or costume construction, production management, or technical direction. The fourth sub-plans is dance for students interested in a general background in theatre with a specific performance interest in dance. The fifth sub-plans is theatre in education and community, for students interested in teaching theatre in secondary schools and working with community-based theatre organizations.

The Department presents a wide variety of productions to give the student a broad spectrum of experiences. Main stage productions range from dramas to musicals, from realism to varied theatrical styles, from premieres of new plays to presentations of classics by Shakespeare, Shaw, Moliere and Tennessee Williams. Students take part on main stage not only as actors and dancers, but also as designers and participants in all the many technical aspects.

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