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Through Quincy University's Theatre program, you can experience the joy of performing on stage and learn a broad range of skills related to the creation and staging of dramatic works. Our program offers a minor in Theatre.

Open to all students, the Theatre program offers formal classes in acting, directing, producing, and script writing. In addition to 12 credit hours of classroom courses, the minor calls for 6 credit hours of participation in plays or musicals. Our actors come from every major—and so do the members of our tech crews and production teams. Auditions are open, and with two active theatre groups, you'll find your talents in demand.

Outside the Classroom
The Theatre Program stages a biennial Madrigal Dinner and occasional dramas. The Brother Sun, Sister Moon Players, a student organization, performs plays each semester and sponsors regular improv nights. You might even see your own words come to life because both groups welcome original work.

Contact Us

For more information about the Theatre program, feel free to contact:

Dr. Barbara Schleppenbach
Chair, Fine Arts and Communication
217-228-5432 ext. 3155
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THE 100     Introduction to Theatre
Credit Hours: 3
An introductory survey of theatre as a performing art form, the course includes study and analysis of historical, social, aesthetic, and technical aspects of traditional and contemporary theatrical/dramatic expression.

THE 163-464 Applied Theatre: Performance
Credit Hours: 1
Students may receive credit for participating in the performance of University theatre and musical productions. May be repeated at the 200, 300, and 400 levels.

THE 165-466 Applied Theatre: Production
Credit Hours: 1
Students may receive credit for participating in the production of University theatre and musical productions. May be repeated at the 200, 300, and 400 levels.

THE 250     Survey of Drama from the Performance Perspective
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a survey of dramatic works in terms of performance philosophy and concepts and their application in practice. Some emphasis is placed on the historical and literary contexts of the works, which are drawn primarily from U.S. and European sources. The primary focus of the course will be on dramatic ideas as realized through elements of performance including set and costume design, light and sound design, script interpretation, and choreography.  The roles of the producer, director, and actor will be explored in detail.

THE 270-9     Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3
Special topics in theatre depending upon demand and staff.

THE 290    Writing for the Stage
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the principles and practices of writing for dramatic performance. Students will learn the conventions of writing for the stage as well as the aesthetic foundations of comic, tragic, and historically-based drama.

THE 320     Acting for the Stage
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with an introduction to the basic fundamentals of acting, as well as an examination of the internal/external processes of the actor. Through various exercises including pantomime, improvisation, scene study and monologue work, students will learn onstage training that can be applied toward performing onstage and in everyday life. All of these exercises will culminate in performances of selected scenes at the end of the semester in a “scene play.” Prerequisite: THE 100.

THE 334     Principles of Directing
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a theoretical and practical foundation in directing and staging techniques. Areas of focus are the fundamentals of blocking, script analysis, achievement of emphasis, and the development of aesthetic values.  The interrelationships among the roles of the producer, director, and actor will be explored in detail. Prerequisite: THE 100.

THE 340     Producing Children’s Theatre
Credit Hours: 3
The examination and practical application of techniques used to create a production for children with the purpose of touring. Each participant will function as an integral part of the outreach program, such as actor, director, dramaturge, stage manager, and booking/marketing/public relations manager. Specific research will be done on each one of these positions and how each benefits an outreach/educational theatre program. Prerequisite: THE 100.

Program Requirements

Quincy's Theatre minor requires 8 semester hours, 2 of which are drawn from the following three-credit courses: THE 100 Introduction to Theatre, THE 250 Survey of Drama from the Performance Perspective, THE 320 Acting for the Stage, THE 334 Principles of Directing, and THE 340 Producing Children's Theatre.

Six semester hours must be earned through theatre practice, evenly divided between performance and production. Must also meet the minimum university requirements for a minor.

Active Learning Opportunities

The Theatre program's primary home is in MacHugh Theatre, a studio space that accommodates around 100 audience members. We continually upgrade our performance capabilities, with new lighting and sound equipment that takes advantage of improvements in technology. If you prefer to develop your talents as a stagehand or tech wizard, we have plenty for you to do. We also need costumers, set designers, dramaturges, directors, stage managers, and publicists.

Your opportunities won't be limited to the MacHugh stage, however. Each year, the Theatre program creates a children's theatre production that tours schools in the area. This community service project has genuine educational impact, and the chance to bring story-telling magic into a classroom is one you'll never forget.

Quincy is a thriving arts hub, and local venues—such as the Quincy Community Theatre and the Muddy River Opera Company—invite auditions for roles as performers and backstage volunteers.

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