Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Theatre and Dance Studies

Academics

Learning Goals and Outcomes for the Theatre and Dance Studies Major

General Goals of the Theatre and Dance Studies Department:

  • To create a work ethic characterized by self-discipline, generous collaboration, and consistently honest and imaginative on-stage efforts
  • To offer and receive constructive criticism
  • To critically evaluate and analyze a script
  • To understand and engage with abstract and contemporary texts
  • To develop research skills and make them a part of the rehearsal process
  • To identify key figures, crucial events, and important dates in theatre and dance history
  • To interpret precisely how societal conditions influence theatrical and dance production
  • To understand various dramatic theories and their influence on the development of theatre and dance
  • To identify how theatre and dance’s past continually informs its present
  • To understand the interrelation of global theatre and dance practices
  • To understand the balance between theory and practice
  • To build rigorous collaborative skills to apply in any ensemble
  • To foster time management and discipline – multitasking
  • To understand art and cultural movements
  • To build empathy skills
  • To develop critical thinking
  • To demonstrate commitment and follow through with choices
  • To demonstrate leadership skills
  • To build awareness of global approaches to theatre and dance making, histories and how they interrelate and inform each other
  • To experience  - collaboratively and professionally – the challenges inherent in developing new scripts for the theatre

 

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