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The Department of Theatre has designed coursework to develop an understanding of the theatre-making process in each of the areas of the art. Keeping this in mind, the production program offers its students broadly varied and representative seasons of plays with opportunities for technical work, design, and acting as fundamental considerations.

The theatre department presents a minimum of four main stage productions each year directed by faculty, guest directors and graduate students. Each UNO Theatre season typically features one musical or Shakespeare production. Our coursework is designed to allow students to develop an understanding of the theatre-making process in each area of the art. Each semester students take theatre lab, which provides them a well-rounded working knowledge of all areas of the theatre, from box office to publicity, ushering to dramaturgy, and much more. Above all, we are committed to the students’ individual development and their artistic and cultural maturity.

To ignite in the student, teacher and community:
     critical thinking,
           compassionate feeling,
                 collaborative vision,
                       and the capacity to delight.

Theatre Core Curriculum

    Theatre Lab (each semester- up to 8)
    Stage Costume
    Stage Makeup
    Acting I & II
    Theatre History/Literature (4 semesters)
    Stage & TV Lighting
    Directing I

In addition to the Theatre core, students may elect to pursue a General OR a Focused major.

General Theatre Majors
Theatre Core Curriculum + minimum 6 hours theatre electives selected from the following:

    Introduction to the Theatre
    Film History & Appreciation
    Oral Interpretation of Literature
    Voice for the Actor
    Movement for the Actor
    Drafting for the Theatre
    Rendering & Scene Painting
    Advanced Projects in Theatre
    Advanced Acting: Post Realism
    Advanced Acting: Greeks to Restoration
    Advanced Acting: Ensemble
    Advanced Acting: Auditioning
    Directing II
    Costume Design
    History of Costume
    Scene Design
    Theatre & Social Change
    Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Internship

Focused Theatre Majors
Students seeking a focused major must apply through the faculty adviser for admission to that focus. The application process may be initiated upon completion of certain core requirements. A student admitted to a theatre focus must complete a resume/portfolio review each semester and maintain a minimum GPA in their major area.

Acting/Directing Focus
     Voice for the Actor
     Movement for the Actor or Dance for the Theatre
     Advanced Acting: Auditioning
     Theatre Electives-3000/4000 level

Two courses selected from the following:
     Advanced Acting: Post Realism
     Advanced Acting: Greeks to Restoration
     Advanced Acting: Ensemble
     Theatre for Social Change
     Directing II

Design/Technical Focus
     Drafting for the Theatre
Two courses selected from the following:
     Costume Design
     Scene Design
     Lighting Design
     Theatre Electives 3000/4000 level
Two courses selected from the following:
     History of Costume
     Rendering & Scene Painting
     Advanced Projects in Theatre

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement
The total minimum number of hours required for a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is 130 credit hours which includes the academic core as well as theatre coursework.

Theatre Productions
The Department of Theatre presents a minimum of four mainstage productions each year directed by faculty or graduate students. Each UNO Theatre season typically features one musical or Shakespeare production.

Minor in Theatre
Five options exist for the Minor in Theatre:
     General Theatre focus
     Acting Focus
     Design/Technical Focus
     Directing Focus
     Scholarship Focus
Each focus area requires the completion of 21 credit hours of coursework, including at least 9 hours of upper level work.

Theatre Facilities
The award-winning Weber Fine Arts Building, is home to our state-of-the-art black box theatre. Using mobile seating units, the space can be transformed from proscenium to thrust, in-the-round, or stadium-style seating, allowing productions in a wide array of configurations and styles. The theatre is equipped with a full-tension wire grid system which provides ample lighting positions and flexibility. Three balcony levels surround the stage floor providing additional stage and audience locations.

This award-winning building also houses a drafting lab, acting studio, directing studio, and dressing and make-up rooms. The scene shop and costume shop are both equipped with tools for all of our construction needs.

theatre faculty.

D. Scott Glasser, Undergraduate Chair
Joining the faculty in 2004, Professor Glasser, head of the directing program, helped to create the theater program at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and was artistic director of Madison Repertory Theatre from 1993-2002. As director, actor and teacher, he has worked with The Guthrie, GeVa Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Minnesota Opera, Illusion Theater, The Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis), and the Utah and Nebraska Shakespeare Festivals.

Robbie Jones, Technical Director, Designer
Professor Jones was a regional Barbizon winner in set design and a national recipient of the O’Neill Design Fellowship.  Internationally, he is representing the University of Kansas’s School of Scenography in the Prague Quadrennial design competition for 2007. At UNO, he teaches technical and design based courses, designs shows, and is in charge of building all of the show’s scenery.

Dr. Douglas Paterson
Dr. Paterson is one of the founding members of the regionally-noted Dakota Theatre Caravan and the Circle Theatre of Omaha, knows for its popular “Diner Theatre” series. He joined the faculty in 1981 after teaching at Yankton College and Willamette University. Dr. Paterson has published extensively in the area of social-activist theatre and is currently working with Augusto Boal.

Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, Graduate Program Chair, Graduate Adviser
Dr. Phaneuf directs and teaches courses in acting, movement and dramatic theory. She has a strong background in dance and enjoys a wide range of theatre from classic to contemporary and musical theatre. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and has served on the Executive Board of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America.

Sharon Sobel, Undergraduate Faculty Adviser
Professor Sobel has previously taught Costume Design, History and Production at State University of New York at Geneseo and at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Her varied experience also includes designing costumes for productions at the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Madison Reperatory Theatre, Juilliard, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Long Island Stage, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, and for students at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

Steven L. Williams, Director of Theatre
Professor Williams has gained national recognition for both his scenic and lighting designs. He was awarded participation in the United States Institute of Theatre Technologies 1995 Young Designer’s Forum, which recognizes outstanding designers from around the country. In addition to his design responsibilities for the UNO theatre, he teaches technical and design-based courses. 

Charleen Willoughby, Costume Shop Manager
Ms. Willoughby has been costume shop manager for the UNO Theatre and The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival since 2001. Prior to that she taught drama and history at Bellevue East high school. Her honors include the 2000 International Thespian Society’s Nebraska Drama Teacher of the Year Award and the 2002 UNO Excellence in Part-Time Teaching Award. Charleen has designed costumes for UNO, Creighton University and various other community theatre companies.


UNO Department of Theatre
Department Chair, D. Scott Glasser

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