Guide for New Students

Chair: Professor David Wiles

The Department of Theater and Dance provides Carleton students with opportunities to study, perform and work in practical theater. Dance activities at Carleton are designed to give students of all levels opportunities for active participation in three basic areas: technique, choreography and analysis, and performance.

Can I major in it? A regular major is offered in Theater Arts, and advanced students may apply for a special major in Dance.

Topics explored:

Dance: ballet, modern, West African dance, contact improv, choreography, dance history and theory, Moving Anatomy.

Theater: acting, voice, movement, dramatic literature, history and theory, design and technical theater, directing, playwriting, and the chance to produce, write, design, direct, stage manage and perform.

How to get started: There are a variety of courses open to first-year students: THEA100 (Topics vary from year to year), THEA110 (Beginning Acting), THEA115 (Introduction to Design and Technical Theater), THEA175 (Drama/Theater/Text), THEA185 (The Speaking Voice), THEA190 (Carleton Players Production), THEA 225 (Theater History and Theory), THEA239 (Topics in Theater: Costume Design), THEA240 (Directing I), THEA241 (Directing II), THEA242 (20th-Century American Drama), THEA246 (Playwriting).

Dance courses open to first-year students, depending on skill level, include: DANC107 (Ballet I), DANC115 (Cultures of Dance),  DANC147 (Moving Anatomy), DANC148 (Modern Dance I: Theory and Technique), DANC 150 (Contact Improvisation), DANC190 (Fields of Performance), DANC200 (Modern Dance II: Theory and Technique), DANC204 (Fall Dance), DANC205 (Winter Dance), DANC208 (Ballet II), DANC214 (Fall Dance Student Choreography), DANC215 (Winter Dance Student Choreography), DANC 266 (Reading the Dancing Body), DANC268 (The Body as Choreographer)