May 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Theatre and Dance


Mark J. Charney, Ph.D., Director

Professors: Chansky, Charney, Durham DeCesaro
Associate Professors: Bilkey, Boye-Christensen, Donahue, Duffy, Gelber, Gibb, Hirshorn-Johnston, Nolen, Warren-Crow
Assistant Professors: Calamoneri, S. Johnson, Joiner, Jou, Prucha
Professors of Practice: Olson, Reinsch

CONTACT INFORMATION: Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre, Box 42061, Lubbock, TX 79409-2061, T 806.742.3601, F 806.742.1338,

About the School

This school supervises the following degree programs:

The school, an accredited program of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance, sponsors a regular schedule of major dramatic productions each academic year under the direction of professionally qualified members of the theatre arts and dance faculty and/or graduate students. The School selects its season to give each student an opportunity to experience a representative selection of the great works of the past as well as plays by modern, diverse, and contemporary playwrights. Many of these plays and dance events are presented on the main stage of the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre, which seats 385 patrons in a comfortable, continental arrangement, in our intimate Creative Movement Studio, and in our new state-of-the-art, completely flexible black box theatre. Phase one of our beautiful new facility also boasts a small Studio Theatre as well for original works. In addition, the School of Theatre and Dance sponsors chapters of Alpha Psi Omega (national theatre honorary), Chi Tau Epsilon (national dance honorary), and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.

Phase two of our facility, currently under construction, includes a new state-of-the-art costume shop, as well as other shops that will advance education in terms of design, construction, and technology.

The school is an institutional member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, the Texas Nonprofit Theatre Inc., the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the United States Institute of Theatre Technology, the Association of Arts Administration Educators, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and the American College Dance Festival Association. Along with only two other universities in the nation, the School of Theatre and Dance is a member of the International Theatre Festival, offering opportunities for international partnerships.

Undergraduate Program

Grades below C in courses required of theatre arts and dance majors and minors are not acceptable in fulfillment of degree requirements. A grade of C or better must be achieved in any DAN or THA course that is a prerequisite for another course. Transfer students must complete the following minimum credit hours of major or minor courses in residence at Texas Tech: B.A. theatre arts majors, 24 hours; B.F. A. theatre arts majors, 36 hours; B.A. dance majors, 24 hours; B.F.A. dance majors, 36 hours; and theatre or dance minors, 9 hours.

Undergraduate admission. Undergraduate admission to the School of Theatre and Dance is a two-step process, with review at institutional (TTU) and unit (Theatre and Dance) levels. The institutional admission is based on academic performance as outlined in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this catalog. At the unit level, the School of Theatre and Dance requires an audition (for the B.A. in Dance, B.F.A. in Dance, B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Acting, and the BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre), and a portfolio and interview (for the B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Design/Technology). Undergraduate admissions procedures for the School of Theatre and Dance are listed at

Semester credit hour and contact hour equivalents. Pursuant to the Texas Tech University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, the Texas Administrative Code, and norms stated in the NAST Handbook, the credit and time expectations for the School of Theatre and Dance courses are as follows:

  • For studio-based courses, a standard of 30 in-class contact hours per credit hour per term is employed. Further, non-contact hour time expectations for out-of-class student activity typically range from 20 to 30 hours per credit hour per term.
  • For traditionally delivered 3-credit-hour lecture- or seminar-based courses during a regular semester, students should expect to be in class for 3 hours per week and work outside of class a minimum of 6 hours per week. For 3-credit-hour courses requiring a non-credit lab, students should expect to be in class for 6 hours per week and work outside of class 3 to 6 hours per week.

Transfer credit for core curriculum courses. Some degree programs and/or minors include specific core curriculum courses as graduation requirements or prerequisites for other courses. Students who transfer in (or have previously completed via credit by exam) core curriculum courses that differ from those included in the degree program could be required to complete additional core curriculum courses as degree requirements.

Interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate. The Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, in conjunction with the College of Media & Communication, offers an interdisciplinary Motion Picture Production  undergraduate certificate. More information can be found via the link above.

Teacher Education

Students desiring all-level certification in theatre arts must include the following courses within their overall degree plan: THA 1301 , THA 2303 , THA 2101 , THA 2302 , THA 3303 , THA 3304 , THA 3305 , THA 3308 , THA 3309 , THA 4302 , and one 3-hour theatre arts elective. Students desiring secondary certification in dance must include the following courses within their overall degree plan: DAN 1100  (twice), DAN 2202 , DAN 2301  (or DAN 4313 ), DAN 2313 , DAN 3100 , DAN 3203 , DAN 3205 , DAN 3207 , DAN 3208 , DAN 3209 , DAN 3301 , DAN 3309 , DAN 4110 , DAN 4203 , DAN 4205  and DAN 4207 . The overall degree plan for the B.F.A. or B.A. degree in theatre arts and for the B.A. degree in dance constitutes the academic major for purposes of recommendation for teacher certification.

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the Department of Theatre and Dance, visit the Graduate Programs  section of the catalog.

Undergraduate Program Offerings, Course Descriptions & Curricular Tables

(Click on program for curricular table.)


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