Theatre Arts - Design/Technology Emphasis, B.A.

Department

 

Department of Theatre Arts Drama and Dance

The College of Arts and Humanities
Melissa D. Gibson, Chair
Speech Arts Building, Room 33
559.278.3987
www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/theatrearts/

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Theatre Arts - Dance Option, B.A.
BA in Theatre Arts - Acting Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Theatre Arts - Design/Technology Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Theatre Arts - General Emphasis, B.A.
MN in Theatre Arts - Drama Option, Minor
MN in Theatre Arts - Dance Option, Minor

The theatre arts major offers your the opportunity to develop your skills in acting, directing, dance performance, choreography, playwriting, children's theatre, technical production, scene design, costume design, lighting design, history, literature, and teaching. After completing our program, you will have the background that will enhance your ability to pursue either an advanced degree or a professional career.

Our professionally trained instructors will guide you through a program which is not only educational but fascinating. A major or minor in theatre or dance can be one of the more exciting times in your life because it will develop communication and performing skills that will aid you no matter what career you finally decide to pursue. If theatre is what you want, then the California State University, Fresno Theatre Arts Department is ready to serve you.

The Theatre Arts Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and holds memberships with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the California Educational Theatre Association, the California Alliance for Arts Education, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. The department regularly participates in the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) and the American College Dance Festival (ACDF). Our students, faculty, and productions have been awarded many regional and national honors from both ACTF and ACDF.

Our national and international award-winning Theatre Arts Department offers you educational preparation in all aspects of theatre and dance. Beside having the opportunity of being guided by an extensive curriculum and production schedule of more than 10 plays and several dance concerts, you will have the opportunity to study with guest professionals who participate in our program on a regular basis.

At California State University, Fresno there are a variety of production organizations, each providing a different kind of experience. University Theatre produces five major productions a year, cast and crewed by students. The Experimental Theatre Company (ETC) and the University Dance Theatre (UDT) are student organizations that produce their own plays and dance concerts. The Black Theatre Contingent (BTC) focuses on drama of the Arican-American experience. Playwrights Theatre is dedicated to the exploration of original plays. Theatre for Young Audiences produces plays for young people and tours throughout the Valley. You also have the opportunity to work with our resident dance company, the Portable Dance Troupe. As you can see, we offer a variety of opportunities for you to develop and practice your art.

Courses

Theatre Arts

DANCE 16. Introduction to Dance

Exploration of basic concepts, techniques and styles through study problems, video and critical readings. Dance concert attendance may be required. G.E. Breadth E1. (Formerly DANCE 116)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

DANCE 20. Physical Theatre

Incorporates the study of body awareness techniques, contact improvisation, commedia dell' arte, clown work, and other physical theatre traditions in an active exploration of actor training and expression.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

DANCE 70. Balance BodyMind

Study of the alignment of the body and continuum between inner, cellular awareness of body through space. Promotes greater ease in movement; reduced emotional stress; knowledge of the body as process. Nondancers encouraged to enroll. G.E. Breadth E1. (Formerly DANCE 170)

Units: 3
GE Area: E1

DANCE 115. University Dance Theatre

A student organized course where the experiential, experimental, and exploratory nature of dance can be accessed. Focus is on achieving excellence through the preparation, performance, and production needs of completed works that are performed at the end of the semester. Not available for CR/NC grading.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 9 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DANCE 117A. Modern Dance Technique

Basic aspect of modern dance technique. Emphasis on importance of breath, body alignment, and rhythmic coordination; total movement awareness.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units

DANCE 117B. Modern Dance Technique

Beginning-intermediate level study of movement fundamentals, locomotor activities, and expressive qualities; development of balance, strength, breath coordination, and technical ability.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units

DANCE 117C. Modern Dance Technique

Intermediate level of modern dance technique with emphasis on increasing skills in reading movement and expressing more complex patterns. This course further develops the core muscles supporting greater ease in sequencing body flow from center practice to sweeping locomotor phrases.

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 6 units

DANCE 117D. Modern Dance Technique

Advanced level in modern dance technique with elements of alignment, embodiment, flexibility, strength, and energy flow. Individual mastery as well as ensemble performance are stressed. Technique of Hawkins, Limon, Graham and developmental theories of Bartenieff, Pilates, and Bainbridge-Cohen are integrated.

Units: 2

DANCE 155A. Modern Jazz Dance

An in-depth study of jazz dance, using a modern dance foundation that emphasizes the fortification, stretching and reshaping of mind and body to help produce a more accomplished dancer.

Units: 1

DANCE 155B. Modern Jazz Technique

An in-depth intermediate/advanced level study of jazz dance using a modern dance foundation that will emphasize the fortification, stretching and reshaping of mind and body to help produce a more accomplished dancer.

Units: 1

DANCE 158A. Ballet Technique

Elementary ballet technique. Emphasis on alignment, control and proper awareness of style and phrasing. Develops a foundation from which to build a dancer capable of a broad range of expression and demonstration to meet the demands placed on today's dancers.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units

DANCE 158B. Ballet Technique

Intermediate study of elementary ballet technique combined with a more broad-based understanding of Ballet as an art form through traditional exercises, with proper awareness of conditioning, style and phrasing.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units

DANCE 158C. Ballet Technique

An intermediate/advanced level ballet class with emphasis on technique, artistry, and conditioning. Builds well-placed dancers capable of a broad range of expression and demonstration with skills that can readily adapt to the demands placed on today's dancers.

Units: 2

DANCE 158D. Ballet Technique

Study of pre-professional advanced ballet technique with emphasis on performance preparation. Builds well-placed dancers capable of a broad range of expression and demonstration with impressive techical skills who can readily adapt to the demands placed on today's dancers.

Units: 2

DANCE 159. Music in Choreography

Study of Music Theory as it relates to modern and postmodern choreography. Development of the dancer's percussive and vocal abilities through the study of world music and rhythmic analysis.

Units: 3

DANCE 160. Creative Movement for Children

Introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and methodology needed to develop an awareness of the aesthetic experience through dance and creative movement. The aesthetic qualities of dance are stressed to develop the use of creative intelligence and imagination.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DANCE 161. Musical Theatre

Training of actors for musical auditions through fundamental voice and movement techniques, study of how music and lyrics combine to suggest character, and study of relationship of song, scene, and choreography in various styles.

Units: 3

DANCE 163. Portable Dance Troupe Company Class

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. By audition only, held in fall semester and meets for two semesters. A repertory class consisting of rehearsing, understudying, and performing roles. This laboratory experience leads toward performances and touring.

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 8 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DANCE 164. Dance History

The historical development of dance from its origins to contemporary forms including diverse cultural perspectives.

Units: 3

DANCE 166. Dance Choreography

Investigation and practice of contemporary styles of choreography. Application of basic choreographic principles with emphasis on improvisation, form, content, current media and technology, group structures, movement invention and evaluative skills.

Units: 2

DANCE 170. Pilates Mat

Study and practice of Pilates Mat sequence incorporating principles of core strength and study of body masculature. Designed to give students an exercise program to supplement any type of physical activity. Emphasizes use of breath, leads to total body stengthening. (FOrmerly DANCE 174T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DANCE 171. Philosophical Bases and Trends in Dance

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area C. The elements and principles common to all arts and their relationship to dance. G.E. Integration IC.

Units: 3
GE Area: IC

DANCE 174T. Topics in Dance

Selected topics may include philosophy, psychology, art, theatre, and music as related to dance.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 12 units

DRAMA 10. The Art of Theatre

Fundamental knowledge and skills required for study in the Theatre Arts Program which includes the literary basis, technique, visual impact, and presentation of drama.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 15. Dramatic Arts Laboratory

(Same as DRAMA 115.) Group laboratory experience in presentation of major productions for public performance. Not available for CR/NC grading.

Units: 1-2, Repeatable up to 9 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 22. Oral Interpretation of Literature

Discovering and communicating intellectual and emotional meaning of the printed page through preparation and presentation of selected readings from prose, poetry, and drama. G.E. Breadth C1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: C1

DRAMA 30. Voice and Speech for Performance

Open to theatre arts majors and minors only. Principles of voice and speech for stage performance including the International Phonetics Alphabet, breathing, relaxation, resonance, enunciation, articulation, pronunciation, projection, expressiveness, and vocal characterization. (CAN DRAM 6)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 31. Stage Dialects

Prerequisite: DRAMA 30 or permission of instructor. A study of the distinctive vowel and consonant substitutions and shifts in resonance focus for select regional dialects. Includes a review and application of the International Phonetics Alphabet as an actor's tool for stage dialects. (Formerly, DRAMA 188T section)

Units: 3

DRAMA 32. Introduction to Acting

Not open to theatre arts majors except dance option. Open to theatre arts minors. A study of the physiological, sociological, and psychological components of acting. Includes role-paying in daily life; characterization; text analysis; diverse cultural and generational perspectives; and relaxation, voice, and body techniques. G.E. Breadth E1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

DRAMA 33. Fundamentals of Acting

Open to theatre arts majors and minors only. Non-majors and minors, see DRAMA 32. Fundamental techniques and theories of acting; development of individual insight, skill, and discipline in the presentation of dramatic materials. (Can Dram 8)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 34. Theatre Crafts

Introduction to the crafts in technical theatre scene construction, scene painting, property selection, stage lighting, sound production; costume construction, and makeup; laboratory experience in preparing major plays for public performance.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 35. Intermediate Acting

Prerequisite: DRAMA 33. Intermediate studies in acting including text analysis, expansion of the actor's character range and audition techniques.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

DRAMA 41. Makeup for Theatre

Theory and practice of makeup for theatre; techniques for characterization, style, and technical processes. Emphasis on basic techniques; introduction to prosthetics. Preparing plays for major public performances. (Formerly DRAMA 135)

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 62. Theatre Today

Not open to theatre arts majors. Perspectives on theatre, its origins, and contemporary forms. Explores theatre as an artistic medium for enhancing our understanding of human experience. Emphasis on the content, meaning, and entertainment value of drama in performance. G.E. Breadth C1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: C1

DRAMA 77. Community Service - Theatre

Directed field experience developing skills in theatre or dance through a performance or design project; projects may include work with community service or other nonprofit organizations, public schools, special events, and other projects approved by the faculty supervisor.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 89. Projects in Production

(Same as DRAMA 189.) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Group projects in all phases of production in laboratory theatre.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 9 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 110. Design for the Theatre

Comprehensive study of design aesthetics and application of design to theatrical production, including scenery, costume, lighting, sound, and makeup. Laboratory application, material for major public performance.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 115. Dramatic Arts Laboratory

(See DRAMA 15 .) Not available for CR/NC grading.

Units: 1-2, Repeatable up to 15 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 131. Fundamentals of Playwriting

Exercises in plotting, characterization, exposition, and stage business, critical analysis, and revision of manuscripts.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 9 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 132. Advanced Acting: Period Styles

Prerequisite: DRAMA 35. A study of styles of acting ranging from Greek Tragedy to Theatre of the Absurd with special emphasis on playing Shakespeare.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 133. Advanced Acting: Scene Study

Prerequisite: DRAMA 35. Advanced techniques including script analysis, characterization, physicalization, and emotional commitment, developed through improvisation and scene study.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Spring

DRAMA 134A. Advanced Theatre Craft

Prerequisite: DRAMA 34. (A) Advanced training in scenic techniques and allied technology. Laboratory application to major public productions. (B) In-depth survey of each phase of the costume design and production process. Laboratory application to major public performances.

Units: 3

DRAMA 134B. Advanced Theatre Craft

Prerequisite: DRAMA 34. (A) Advanced training in scenic techniques and allied technology. Laboratory application to major public productions. (B) In-depth survey of each phase of the costume design and production process. Laboratory application to major public performances.

Units: 3

DRAMA 136S. Puppetry

Introduction to the art of puppetry: history, construction, manipulation, script writing, and basic concepts in art and theatre; use of puppets in educational and recreational settings. (S sections include a service-learning requirement (see Community Engagement and Service Learning in the General Catalog)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 137. Creative Dramatics

(DRAMA 137 same as CI 137.) Basic techniques for the use of dramatization in elementary education; sociodrama, dramatization of school subjects, creative dramatic play; simplified staging techniques.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 138A. Children's Theatre

(138B; max total 6) (A) Directing Theatre for Youth; theory, practice, and applications of theatre for children and adolescents; children's plays are examined through reading, discussion, and scene study. (B) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Theatre for Young Audiences Tour; experience touring children's theatre productions for public performances.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 138B. Children's Theatre

(A) Theory, practice, and applications of theatre for children and adolescents; children's plays are examined through reading, discussion, and scene study. (B) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Theatre for Young Audiences Tour; experience touring children's theatre productions for public performance.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 139. Fundamentals of Play Direction

Prerequisite: DRAMA 33. Fundamental techniques and theories of stage direction; function, responsibility, movement, analysis, style; practice in directing scenes.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 150. Acting for Film

Introduction to specific performance, terminology, working in studio and on location front-of-camera experience. Introduction to industry standards regarding resume/photo preparation, audition, union information, agency representation, and professional development. (Formerly DRAMA 188T)

Units: 3

DRAMA 151. Stage and Production Management

Principles and techniques of stage and production management as applied to professional, educational, and community theatre and applied media; production, audition, rehearsal process, and organization; technical and performance process and procedures; production personnel and cost management.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 155. Sound in the Theatre

Theory, techniques, and procedure necessary to develop and integrate sound, music, and effects in theatre production; hearing, acoustics, environment, sources, transducers, control, systems, equipment; organization and planning. Laboratory experience in preparing plays for a major public performance.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

DRAMA 157. Theatre Graphics

Development of rendering technique and other graphic skills essential to design for the theatre.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

DRAMA 163. Dramatic Literature

Prerequsite: G. E. Foundation and Breadth Area C. Critical analysis of various types and styles of plays with respect to their form, meaning, and theatricality. G.E. Integration IC.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: IC

DRAMA 177. Community Service: Theatre Arts

Directed field experience developing skills in theatre or dance through a performance or design project; projects may include work with community service or other nonprofit organizations, public schools, special events, and other projects approved by the faculty supervisor.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

DRAMA 179. Playwrights' Theatre

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Presentation and readings of original and classical plays.

Units: 1-2, Repeatable up to 6 units

DRAMA 180A. Scene Design for Theatre

Prerequisite: DRAMA 34. (A) Styles, techniques, and methods of scene design; history. Laboratory application, material for major public performance. (B) Scenery design; design problems of a complicated play; experimental ideas; new materials. Laboratory application, material for major public performance.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 180B. Scene Design for Theatre

Prerequisite: DRAMA 34. (A) Styles, techniques, and methods of scene design; history. Laboratory application, material for major public performance. (B) Scenery design; design problems of a complicated play; experimental ideas; new materials. Laboratory application, material for major public performance.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Spring

DRAMA 181A. Costume History for Theatre

A survey of historical periods of dress from early Egyptian civilizations to present day with an emphasis on application for stage usage. No prerequisites required..

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring - odd

DRAMA 181B. Costume Design for Theatre

Costume design for theatre and dance incorporating analysis of script, research of historical period, selection of fabric, preparation of budget, and rendering of plates. Emphasis on illustration and design elements.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

DRAMA 182A. Stage and Television Lighting

Prerequisite: DRAMA 34 or DRAMA 134A-B. (A) Instruments, control, color, electromechanical factors and simplified design and planning lighting leading to and resulting in a major public performance. (B) Lighting as an art, design concepts; lighting plots, projections, sequential cue relationships. Laboratory application, material for major public performance.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 182B. Stage and Television Lighting

Prerequisite: DRAMA 34 or DRAMA 134A-B. (A) Instruments, control, color, electromechanical factors and simplified design and planning lighting leading to and resulting in a major public performance. (B) Lighting as an art, design concepts; lighting plots, projections, sequential cue relationships. Laboratory application, material for major public performance.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

DRAMA 185. History of the Theatre and Drama I

History of European theatre and component arts from ancient Greece through the mid-19th century; analysis of representative examples.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

DRAMA 186. History of the Theatre and Drama II

Prerequisite: DRAMA 163. From Ibsen to the present; analysis of representative examples.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

DRAMA 187. African-American Theatre

(DRAMA 187 same as AAIS 165.) Performance, scene development, and dramatic styles consistent with the African American experience. Exploration of cross-cultural aesthetics as they inform creative development. Development of self-written or published scenes and plays. (Formerly AFAM 165)

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

DRAMA 188T. Topics in Theatre Arts

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Selected topics may include acting, children's theatre, creative dramatics, play direction, technical theatre, theatre history, dramatic literature, and theatre administration. (May include lab hours)

Units: 1-6, Repeatable up to 9 units

DRAMA 188T. Design: Focus in Film

Overview of Visual Design in film and design theory. Examines what qualities specific film genres share from a visual point-of-view and analyzing how these qualities continue to effect design in modern film making and the stage. Developing a broader film reference by increasing the student's explosure to pivotal films covering a spectrum of historical and contemporary styles.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 9 units

DRAMA 188TZ. British Theatre

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 9 units
GE Area: IC

DRAMA 189. Projects in Production

(See Drama 89 .)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 9 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

DRAMA 194. Shakespeare

(ENGL 189 same as DRAMA 194.) Reading and writing analysis of major works of Shakespeare.

Units: 4

EHD 154B. Final Student Teaching Seminar - Drama

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EHD 155B. Seminar to accompany final student teaching that provides opportunities for candidates to investigate and discuss variety of topics and strategies and to reflect on issues that surface during their student teaching experience.

Units: 1

EHD 155B. Studt Tchg Drama

Prerequisites: admission to student teaching, EHD 155A, CI 161 (or concurrently, depending on major departmental policy); senior or post baccalaureate standing; approval of major department including subject matter competency approval; completion of the subject matter preparation program or passing the subject matter examination(s) designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Supervised teaching in single subject classroom; assignment is for the full day; five days per week. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 5-10, Repeatable up to 999 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IAS 108. Interdisciplinary Arts Studies

Basic theories and techniques in art education, including interdisciplinary studies in visual art, music, drama, and dance as they apply to the elementary curriculum (GE IC for Liberal Studies majors only).

Units: 3
GE Area: IC

Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
Theatre Arts Major

The theatre arts major, dance option, and minors are designed to provide competencies in the theatre arts for students who intend to pursue study beyond the Bachelor of Arts degree, who are preparing for careers in teaching or for the professional theatre. With the assistance of their advisers and with departmental approval, students follow a track of advanced courses specializing in the areas of Acting or Design/Technology, or students may opt for advanced courses covering a broad range of study by selecting the General track. The Theatre Arts Program offers through the dance option intensive studies in dance performance, choreography, and theory. This option provides preparation for graduate studies or a professional career.

Theatre Arts Major

Major requirements (53 units)
(See note 1)

Core: DRAMA 10, 33, 34, 110, 139, 163, 185, 186 (24 units)

Production: DRAMA 15 and/or DRAMA 115 (8 units)

Emphasis (select one) (21 units)
Acting
DANCE 20, DRAMA 30, 35, 41, 132, 133 (18 units)
Approved electives: DRAMA 15/115 and 89/189 excluded (See note 2) (3 units)

Design/Technology
DRAMA 180, 182A (6 units)
DRAMA 134B (3 units)
Select 9 units from the following courses:
DRAMA 41, 134A, 134B, 155, 157, 180B, 181B, 182B (9 units)
Approved electives: DRAMA 15/115 and 89/189 excluded (See note 2) (3 units)

General
Select 6 units from each of the following course groupings:
Group 1: DANCE 20, DRAMA 30, 35, 132, 136, 138B (6 units)
Group 2: DRAMA 41, 134A, 134B, 180A, 182A (6 units)
Group 3: DANCE 160, DRAMA 131, 137, 138A, 151, 188T (6 units)
Approved electives: DRAMA 15/115 and 89/189 excluded (See note 2) (3 units)

General Education requirements (51 units)

Additional requirements (0 units)
Students must complete eight approved production assignments. (See faculty adviser.)

Electives and remaining degree requirements (16 units)
(See Degree Requirements), may be used toward a double major or minor

Total (120 units)

Advising Notes

  1. New majors must enroll in DRAMA 10 (fall) and acting emphasis students must enroll in DANCE 20 (spring) during their first year in the program.
  2. Students must meet with their adviser each semester for program approval.
  3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the theatre arts major.
  4. No General Education Integration or Multicultural/International course offered by the Theatre Arts Department may be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for majors in the department.

Faculty

 

Name Degree Email Phone
Balint, Kenneth R Master of Arts kbalint@csufresno.edu 559.278.5848
Bullwinkel, Robert E Bachelor of Science rbullwinkel@csufresno.edu
Carrion, Daniel E Master of Arts danca@csufresno.edu 559.278.5151
Dion, Gregg D Master of Arts gdion@csufresno.edu 559.278.3987
Ellis, Thomas W Master of Fine Arts thomee@csufresno.edu 559.278.2646
Emanuel, Edward F Doctor of Philosophy edwarde@csufresno.edu 559.278.2465
Gibson, Melissa D Doctor of Philosophy mgibson@csufresno.edu 559.278.3987
Griffin, Ruth H Master of Fine Arts ruthg@csufresno.edu 559.278.5108
Herring, J. D Master of Fine Arts jdherring@csufresno.edu 559.278.2578
Hunter, Jeffrey Master of Fine Arts jeffhu@csufresno.edu 559.278.6190
Jordan, John B Doctor of Philosophy jjordan@csufresno.edu 559.278.2648
Martin, Leslie G Master of Fine Arts lesliem@csufresno.edu 559.278.7595
McKinley, Kathleen S Master of Fine Arts kmckinley@csufresno.edu 559.278.5266
Morin, Kim V Master of Fine Arts kimm@csufresno.edu 559.278.4342
Myers, Bradley J Master of Fine Arts bradleym@csufresno.edu 559.278.2053
Payne, Elizabeth R Master of Fine Arts epayne@csufresno.edu 559.278.5110
Tiscareno, Cristal A Master of Arts crtiscareno@csufresno.edu
Waldman, Elizabeth A Master of Fine Arts ewaldman@csufresno.edu

Careers

Theatre Arts

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The Theatre Arts faculty includes performers, designers, and directors with top academic credentials as well as professional experience. The department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The most important element in the Department's success is the students. Our undergraduates enjoy unusual opportunities to play leading roles, to direct, and to design for lab and mainstage productions.  Organizations such as the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and the American College Dance Festivalhave honored numerous Fresno State Students.

Working together, students and faculty have created many shows that have won regional, national, and international honors.

What You Can Do

  • Acting
  • Dancing
  • Designing
  • Stage Management
  • Radio and television
  • Journalism
  • Rock performances
  • Touring productions
  • Teaching